Standing on the steps of the Texas Capitol, Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, told pro-choice advocates Monday “it was your voices — lent to me — that made it possible for me to stand those 13 hours.”
Davis’ speech kicked off the second special session, called by Gov. Rick Perry after she successfully filibustered SB 5 last week. The proposed legislation would create a number of costly restrictions on abortion clinics that would force most clinics across the state to shut down. It also bans abortions after 20 weeks.
Republicans attempted to cut short Davis’ 11-hour filibuster and vote on the bill, but she thanked her colleagues and supporters for putting those leaders on notice.
“Your voices joined together roaring through what we all understood was a raw abuse of power to secure victory,” Davis said. “How fitting that it was the people’s filibuster that stopped SB 5 and put the politicians currently in power on notice. I believe in Texas more than ever.”
Davis claimed some politicians simply want to bully women and mess with everything from cancer screenings to birth control, waging an all-out war on Planned Parenthood.
“Those in power have turned down millions of our federal dollars meant to help women here simply because they wanted to hurt one organization committed to quality health care in Texas,” Davis said. “We have fought for years to convince these politicians that the best way to prevent unintended pregnancies is to give women real control of their lives by investing in good family planning services and honest, effective, age-appropriate sexual education for our kids.”
Last week, Perry admonished Davis by saying she should “learn from her own example.” Perry said that as a mother Davis should know that "every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential."
“I was lucky enough to be able to make the choices in my life that I knew would work for me," she told her supporters in response. "I don’t regret for one minute my decisions about my daughters, my education or my direction in life. And that’s what we are fighting for now: a Texas where every woman is able to overcome her unique challenges because she had the same choices and the same chances that I had.”
The special session began Monday afternoon, and bill could come up in committee as early at Tuesday.
Source: Raw Story