Senator Wendy Davis of D-Fort Worth, Texas began a one-woman filibuster against an abortion bill. Davis spoke in opposition to a Republican effort that may impose stern abortion restrictions in the country’s second most populous state.
If signed into law, the GOP-led measures will close nearly all abortion clinics in Texas.
Speaking from Experience
Davis, 50, began the filibuster Tuesday and went on for more than 9 hours. Rules dictate that she remain standing, without taking meal or bathroom breaks, or leaning on her desk.
Democrats chose her because of her background. She had her first child during her teens, but went on to graduate from Harvard Law School.
During her opening remarks, she mentioned she was there to “humbly give voice to thousands of Texans,” and called GOP efforts to pass the bill as a “raw abuse of power.”
Targeting Women’s Health
Sen. Bob Deuell believes the filibuster is really about women’s health. “Sometimes bad things can happen,” he said. Deuell previously introduced a requirement that all abortions should take place in medically certified surgery centers.
“Many women could be forced to resort to dangerous and unsafe measures,” said Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood Action Fund president and daughter of the late former Texas governor Ann Richards.