Texas Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, a legislator who defended Wendy Davis’ filibuster, said the federal government will likely investigate Senate Republicans changing an official government document time stamp.
"You can't try to change a government document,” de Putte said. “The length they were willing to go to break Senate rules — tampering with a government document? That's a felony."
The act would be considered a misdemeanor or felony, according to Texas penal code.
There was so much confusion surrounding the rush on the vote that on Wednesday morning the Associated Press reported that it had passed. However, after an hours-long special session, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst confirmed that the bill had not been passed before the midnight deadline.
"I think that Republicans severely miscalculated if they thought women would go quietly into the night as they tried to pass this egregious bill,” de Putte said.
The legislator is not surprised by Perry’s decision to reconsider the bill, which he added to a July 1 special legislative session meeting. She added that even if the bill is passed, women will not forget Perry’s move when he runs for reelection.
"Even though we may lose, and this bill may be passed, I think the effect is that people will remember,” de Putte said.