Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis to Filibuster for 13 Hours to Block Anti-Abortion Bill (Video)


Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) has so far completed nine hours of her planned a 13-hour filibuster to delay a vote on Senate Bill 5, which would ban all abortions after 20 weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

If Davis can keep the filibuster going until midnight, then the special legislative session will have expired and so will the bill, which recently passed the Texas House, notes the Texas Tribune.

Senate Bill 5 would also require abortion clinics to have the same standards as surgery centers, require doctors to have hospital admitting privileges and also force doctors to physically hand an abortion pill directly to a patient, instead of a prescription.

Live video (below) of the filibuster is being carried on YouTube by the Texas Tribune.

If Davis' filibuster is successful, Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) could call a second special session.

Sources: Texas Tribune and YouTube


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