Texas Senator Filibusters Against Abortion Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A Democratic state senator has begun a filibuster to block passage of a proposal that would effectively close most abortion clinics in the state.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Democratic state senator has begun a filibuster to block passage of a proposal that would effectively close most abortion clinics in Texas.

Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth began the filibuster at 11:18 a.m. CDT Tuesday. To derail a vote in the GOP-dominated Texas Senate, she must keep speaking on the bill until midnight -- the deadline for the end of the 30-day special session.

Rules stipulate she remain standing, not lean on her desk or take any breaks -- even for meals or to use the bathroom.

Combined, the package of measures -- including a ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy -- would represent wide-ranging, stringent abortion limits in the second-largest state.

In her opening remarks, Davis called efforts to pass the bill a "raw abuse of power."


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