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Texas Anti-Abortion Bill Shot Down After Marathon Filibuster Falls Short!

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wendy davis filibuster falls short but texas anti abortion bill shot down

A bill that would have put heavy restrictions on abortions in the state of Texas was declared dead early this morning, but it wasn't without its fair share of drama!

Senator Wendy Davis was at the center of it all yesterday when she attempted a 13-hour filibuster to block any voting on the bill. However, her effort fell three hours short after she was given third strike for violating rules when it was determined she had gone off topic!

A packed gallery full of protestors broke into boos chants of "Shame! Shame! Shame!" as the people took over where Wendy left off, and the room erupted into applause when the clock struck midnight and it looked as though the bill was officially dead!

See the controversial and INSANE final 10 minutes of the special session AFTER THE JUMP!!!

The inspirational senator commented on the moment, saying:

"There were attempts to shove every rule aside in order to try to cram this vote through, and the voices of the people who were in the Capitol gallery tonight could not be silenced, and it simply didn't allow the vote to be taken in time."

However, the excitement quickly turned to confusion when reports began to break out that the bill had somehow passed even though the deadline to vote had passed!

Protestors booed the apparent violation of the rules, however three hours later it was declared that the bill was, in fact, dead!

It's still possible for Texas governor Rick Perry to call for another special session to vote on the bill again, but for now we'll take the HUGE victory for women across the country!

Way to go, Wendy!

[Image via Eric Gay/AP Images.]

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17 comments to “Texas Anti-Abortion Bill Shot Down After Marathon Filibuster Falls Short!”

  1. 1

    Way to go Wendy!!! Very proud!

  2. 2

    I am a woman and I do not find this to be a victory for us. I find it to be a loss for babies. Tho I would never get an abortion I do feel that it is the woman choice HOWEVER, 20 weeks is more than enough time to get it done. That is 5 months!! Look up what a baby looks like at 20 weeks & tell me how you could want to get an abortion after that amount of time. I also understand that the bill would shut down quite a few clinics, but maybe with stricter laws on abortion than more people would be safer when it comes to sex and the larger amounts of clinics would not be needed. Some women can turn anything into women's rights and although, yes it is a woman's body; the topic of abortion vs. not having an abortion should be more about the BABY's right! I don't mean to offend anyone, just simply stating my opinion. :)

  3. MR says – reply to this


    Re: short stack – I 100% agree..this is not a victory at all..I have two children and the 20 week sonogram seeing their full face and body and finding out the gender..i want to cry at the thought of people doing that at that time..this is not about women s right..this is a life we are talking about.

  4. wtfprez says – reply to this


    An abortion after 20 weeks is just plain disgusting.

  5. 5

    I'm a proud Texas woman, and I am proud that our voices were heard!

  6. karri says – reply to this


    Perez, "Heavy restrictions" ??? Are you kidding me?? This bill would allow someone to still have an abortion up to 20 weeks!!! Perez, think about that.. really think about it. That is plenty of time, and it is pro-women to demand responsibility of our own. And this bill would have made it so that these clinics would have to have inspections… THEY SHOULD HAVE TO HAVE INSPECTIONS!! That is pro-women.. These radical feminists make no sense, and don't help young girls to become responsible in their lives. This bill would still provide for abortions after 20 weeks if the baby had major deformities, ect… Why do you post about these issues and don't take the time to actually learn about the bill. Common sense feminism needs to become the norm.

  7. Shutupandrive says – reply to this


    Why have all these bills introduced had to do with women. How about introducing some bills aimed at men and their sexual lives, habits and abilities. Sick of the war on women and sick the GOP has waged it.

  8. elizabeth says – reply to this


    This is not a victory. This is a vote for murder. Once a woman is pregnant she should have no choice. She's carrying a LIVING baby inside of her. Her time to have a choice was when she decided to have sex. I think an abortion at any time is murder but even more so at 20 weeks. Google a baby at 20 weeks. If you can see what a baby looks like at that time and still say it's okay to KILL a baby you have no soul.

  9. mktb says – reply to this


    A very victorious day today! First Prop8 was dismissed now this bill is being shut down. Equal rights!

  10. 10

    Finally, Texas has done something to show they are not completely living in the 19th Century. Thank you Wendy Davis. And for those that don't like it, too damn bad!

  11. olivia says – reply to this


    Did any of you idiots actually READ the bill? It's more than just reducing the time a women can get an abortion. They want to SHUT DOWN all but 5 abortion clinics in Texas. This includes any doctors offices that offer that service, even some family planning. If you don't like abortions don't fucking get one, but don't cut other women off from this service and any other pregnancy services because you don't like it.

  12. 12

    Re: oliviaRe: olivia – Hey there, angry pants. If you read my comment, I CLEARLY stated that the bill would shut down clinics. So before your judgmental ass goes around calling people idiots, perhaps you should learn to read….carry on

  13. lex says – reply to this


    20 weeks? If you're ok with killing THIS then you have some bigger issues. Sad day.

  14. Brandt Hardin says – reply to this


    What Senator Davis did was simply awesome! Women should have the right to make their own decisions about their health and body, not old white male Republicans. Stand with Wendy and pass the meme around:

  15. Tuck says – reply to this


    Re: elizabeth

    Sex is not always a choice

  16. Laura M says – reply to this


    Wow short stack no need to be snippy. I actually live in this state and it is not only the fact that five clinics will serve millions of women it would also require some to drive 6 or maybe more hours to terminate their pregnancy. They would also need to acquire lodging because they are required to return to the clinic 24 hours after their initial visit for the procedure. Also at the end of this day this special session perry called and the one he called for today to force this bill through cost taxypayers millions. Essentially passing this bill is more important to the republicans than funding education, healthcare, or social welfare. At the end of the day if you want to spend money to pass a bill with the intent of ruining abortion you need to first support the systems the majority of these babies born will live off. 1 in 4 children live in poverty, we rank last in graduation, 1.2 million children are till without health insurance. Why are we talking about abortion when our living and breathing children suffer.

  17. Martha says – reply to this


    Re: elizabeth – What about the women who didn't have a choice and were raped? Just because you wouldn't do it and don't think it's right does not mean that you have the right to dictate what other women can do with their bodies. They know what they're doing when they choose to abort, let them deal with their choice, but don't take their rights away just because you deem it to be wrong.