2013-06-26 17:13:14

In Texas, marathon filibuster and protests block anti-abortion bill from passing

Resounding cheers filled the three-story rotunda of Texas’ state capitol in Austin after Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards announced at 3 a.m. that the anti-abortion bill, SB 5, was dead.  It was a long, intense and emotional day as Democratic Texas State Senator Wendy Davis began a filibuster to block what would have been one of the country’s most restrictive anti-abortion laws.  Davis then began what became a nearly 13-hour filibuster, adhering to Texas’ strict rules: no sitting or leaning, no food or water, no bathroom breaks.

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