For those not in the know, major history is happening right now.
Democratic Senator Wendy Davis of Texas has filibustered today for a grand total of eleven hours in protest of SB5, a particularly restrictive bill that would ban abortion past twenty weeks gestation. Should this bill pass, all but five of Texas’ abortion clinics would be shut down—a major danger to women everywhere seeking to terminate unwanted pregnancy.
Davis, daughter of a single mother and a single mother at 19, actively stood against the bill stating that the implications of almost outlawing abortion would result in more deaths of not just fetuses, but their mothers as well. In her filibuster (a non-stop speech where the speaker cannot stop speaking, sit, take a bathroom break, eat, etc. for the entirety of the speech for the purpose of prolonging or entirely preventing a legislative action from taking place) Davis adhered to all rules, only for the Republican lawmakers to attempt voting before her session’s expiry time.
A riotous mob erupted in angry exclamation as the Republicans continued to try voting, now working well past the cutoff time of 12AM, central time. Republican colleagues attempted to draw her off course the entire time, asking questions, making comments—should Davis have replied to any of these and gone off topic, the filibuster would have ended.
A massive sit in was staged at the Texas legislative rotunda, with thousands of people opposing the oppressive SB5 bill chanting and shouting for the law to be upheld as Davis held up per their standards all day long. In the end, SB5 was passed (as is being reported) and the time stamps (previously reflecting the actuality that the lawmakers broke their own laws by voting past midnight) were changed to reflect their own standards, having been changed from past midnight on 6/25/2013 to early 6/26/2013 instead.
The hashtag #StandWithWendy has reached worldwide trending status, with everyone from President Obama to famous actors, authors, personalities (Mark Ruffalo, Judy Blume, Cliff Blezinski—to name a few) tweeting about the situation furiously.
More to be updated as the situation progresses.EDIT: SB 5 was NOT passed after all; the bill is not in effect.