Austin, TX, June 25, 2013 - The line for entrance to the senate gallery wrapped around the rotunda late Thursday evening to catch a glimpse of Democratic Senator Wendy Davis delivering her historic filibuster to stop an anti-choice bill.
The legislation being pushed by the Republican controlled legislature would be one of the most far reaching bills in the nation outlawing abortions after 20 weeks with no exception for rape or incest and shutting down 80 percent of the state's reproductive clinics.
The filibuster began approximately at 11:18 CT Tuesday morning and would continue until midnight assuming Davis can endure the strict Texas filibuster rules. Davis is not allowed to sit or lean on anything for support. She will not be allowed to break for the restroom, to eat, or drink water.
The legislation was brought up during the regular session but failed. Governor Rick Perry called a special session to address the redistricting map. Although special sessions are rare and called by the Governor to address a crisis or problem; the Republican controlled legislature decided to bring back the controversial bill for a vote since the party in power has more control to waive rules on blocking bills. Davis called the legislation in the special session a "raw abuse of power."
After the 2012 election, the GOP issued a self assessment in which its own findings revealed voters felt the party was "out of touch" and "narrow-minded." Several top Republican law makers called for the party to modernize. From the looks of it, the calls have fallen on deaf ears as the party continues to push divisive legislation which is out of step even with conservative Texas voters.
“I’m rising on the floor today to humbly give voice to thousands of Texans who have been ignored,” Davis said. “These voices have been silenced by a governor who made blind partisanship and person political ambition the official business of our great state,” she said.
By: Juven Jacob