Texas Sen. Wendy Davis (D) became a hero this week when she took the floor of the Texas senate for nearly 13 hours to filibuster a bill that would have closed nearly all of the abortion clinics in the state. When she managed to postpone the vote, and the bill -- Texas SB5 -- was declared dead. We hailed her efforts and celebrated her 'til the cows came home, but now, it looks like advocates of the extreme bill -- including Republican Gov. Rick Perry -- are waging a full-on war of words and politics on Davis and the Texas Dems, vowing to get the bill passed in another special session.
That said, it's become painfully clear that the fight is clearly not even close to over ... Here, five reasons why we have to keep standing with Sen. Davis.
- Round 2 is coming up. Gov. Perry has called for a new special session of the legislature, which would prioritize that abortion legislation again. The session is set to kick off on Monday, and this time, the bill has a better chance of passing. Guh.
- Davis has gone to great lengths to stand up for us. In a perfect world, elect officials do our bidding and act in our best interest, and then, we show our support and gratitude for them by voting them back into office or by making donations, voicing it on social media, etc. Now that she's got round 2 coming up, Texans who support her efforts have to do everything they can to make their voices heard. Davis herself has made an appeal to the public by saying, "I expect that [citizens are] going to do everything they can to ensure their voices are heard again in this next special session. I only hope that people will listen.”
- The filibuster couldn't have been possible without the power of the people. Hundreds of protesters made all the difference in blocking the legislation -- both by testifying against it for hours and by creating a ruckus in the capitol “Ultimately in that last 15 minutes of the evening, it became the People’s Filibuster,” Davis explained to MSNBC. So it's going to be up to the protesters and Davis's supporters once again.
- Davis has now been attacked as the daughter of a single mother and once-teen mom. In all his wisdom, Gov. Perry went after the Democratic Senator at the National Right to Life Convention, stating, "Even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. ... It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters." Uh ... huh. OR, perhaps she even better understands what sorts of difficulties lie ahead for women who aren't prepared to be single or teen moms and wants women in either (or both) of those boats to have a CHOICE. As she noted in her response to the press, she's grateful she "had the privilege of making a choice about the path I chose for my life." That's what this is about. What Gov. Perry and his likeminded colleagues seem to forget that advocates of choice aren't big huge fans of terminating pregnancies. We're merely saying women should have a SAY in the matter and potential access to safe, legal abortion. Which is what this bill would pretty much strip away.
- Standing with Sen. Davis could mean the Governor's House isn't far off. If she is successful once again, she may have an even stronger case to run for higher office -- Gov. of Texas. People have already signed onto a petition asking her to run, and they’ve even begun collecting money for her campaign!
Will you be following the continued fight over this bill in Texas?
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