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June 26, 2013


Democrats Defeat Abortion Legislation in Texas

"The nation watched on Tuesday -- and into Wednesday -- as Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) and hundreds of impassioned reproductive rights advocates stalled proceedings and ultimately defeated controversial abortion legislation in a storm of screams and shouts as the clock struck midnight," the Texas Tribune reports.

Said Davis, after standing for nearly 13 hours to filibuster a bill designed to restrict abortion: "I am overwhelmed, honestly."

"Republican senators made a last-ditch effort to approve SB 5, voting 19-10, but by then the clock had ticked past midnight. Under the terms of the state Constitution, the special session had ended, and the bill could not be signed, enrolled or sent to the governor. That fact was not immediately clear, and confusion abounded on the Senate floor. Republicans claimed the bill had passed while Democrats said it had not."

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