Yesterday in an 11-hour filibuster, Texas state senator Wendy Davis (D) helped kill an anti-abortion bill that threatened to close nearly all of abortion clinics in the second most populated state in America. Davis was set to filibuster for the full 13 hours needed to kill the bill before the midnight voting deadline, but her efforts were halted after 11 hours when Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst ruled that her discussion of mandatory ultrasound testing was off-topic. That’s when protesters — or an “unruly mob,” as they’ve been called by some — took over and completed Davis’ efforts with what they called “a people’s filibuster,” chanting and roaring through the midnight voting deadline.
“Although some Republican lawmakers later claimed the bill had passed in time, Democrats denied that the vote was completed before the clock ran out on the session. A time stamp showing the vote completed after midnight was the deciding factor. ‘This will not become law,’ Sen. John Whitmire (D), told The Austin American-Statesman.”
In response to this news, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, tweeted: “The official vote was recorded at 12:03 a.m. Know why? Because of you.” And because of Wendy Davis. #StandWithWendy