Wendy Davis filibuster holds up Texas abortion vote
Wendy Davis wasn't going to let a controversial abortion bill go into effect in Texas. Not without a fight and 11 consecutive hours of talking, that is.
Davis, a state senator representing Texas' 10th District and a former member of Ft. Worth's City Council, spent nearly half a day on her feet filibustering a bill that would have likely shut down a majority of abortion clinics in the Lone Star State.
The senator was not allowed to go to the bathroom or even lean over during her filibuster. She spent most of her time reading testimony and messages from women who disagree with the legislation.
"They were asking for their voices to be heard," she said. "The results speak for themselves."
The bill would have banned abortions after 20 weeks and tightened standards on abortion clinics statewide; standards that would have likely been too stringent for most offices to remain in operation.
Chaos erupted in the chamber near a midnight deadline to pass the bill. It wasn't until 3 a.m., though, that Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst declared the bill dead.