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  1. GallingGalla
    GallingGalla June 26, 2013 at 12:45 pm |

    What a relief. But I fear the reprieve will be temporary – Republicans will give it another shot, will be successful in shutting down a filibuster with their arcane rules, and there will be a heavier police presence in the galleries preventing protestors from having their say.

    1. Anon21
      Anon21 June 26, 2013 at 1:06 pm |

      Yeah, Republicans have an iron grip on Texas state politics, and this is a priority for them. Hard to see how abortion-rights supporters can hold them off for the rest of the year.

      But even assuming the bill passes at some point, I hope Senator Davis’s courageous filibuster, the protesters’ righteous outrage, and the spectacle of the Senate Republicans blatantly ignoring their body’s rules in an effort to push the bill through has added political costs to the GOP’s misogyny.

      1. Ledasmom
        Ledasmom June 26, 2013 at 2:30 pm |

        Well, they could leave the state. That is a fairly extreme tactic, though.

        1. Clytemnestra's Sister
          Clytemnestra's Sister June 27, 2013 at 6:19 am |

          And go where, precisely?

          I live in Texas. My family lives in Texas. The city where I’m living is actually really cool and there’s a lot of wonderful stuff going on there. I have a really good job there, good friends there, a horse who keeps me fit and a theatre whose management lets me build sets and my internal thermostat is such that I don’t ever want to live north of I-10 ever again. When bullexcrement like this happens, I can mourn it, I can fume quietly, or I can do like what happened last week and get up on my hind legs and fight about it.

          And I’m one of the ones who has the resources to pack up and move. I have a career field that gives me options out side the state. I am single and childfree so I have no other obligations there.

          So no, moving really isn’t an option, not now anyway. Believe me, I’ve thought about it.

        2. Past my expiration date
          Past my expiration date June 27, 2013 at 6:58 am |

          I assumed that Ledasmom was referring to abortion rights supporters in the Texas legislature leaving the state, so that there wouldn’t be a quorum…?

        3. emily
          emily June 27, 2013 at 7:11 am |

          I don’t mean to be picking on you because I don’t think you really mean it, but the “move” argument is beginning to bother me. Yes, obviously, some state are more hostile to certain rights than others. And because we live in a large and diverse nation, a lot of people can move to a place where the laws more closely match our beliefs.

          But we shouldn’t have to.

          The Constitution is supposed to grant everyone a baseline of certain rights and freedoms. Certain things are supposed to be the same all over the country. Moving out of a state because the state has decided that these freedoms don’t apply seems to offer tacit endorsement to the idea that the states have the authority to override the Constitution.

          Don’t get me wrong. I’m a Jew. If my family hadn’t left Eastern Europe, well, I may not be here to pick on you. I understand that sometimes moving may be the best option. I just don’t want to see us give up on our country yet.

          But of course, everyone’s mileage may vary. I also can’t blame someone who is using the moving option.

        4. Lolagirl
          Lolagirl June 27, 2013 at 7:47 am |

          I also read Ledasmom to be referring to Dems decamping to OK (as was done in past sessions) to avoid the reaching of a quorum.

          But I do agree that asking Texan Dems and moderates why they don’t move away is unhelpful and tiresome. Ceding ground to extremists does not make them go away, and only serves to embolden them further.

        5. Ledasmom
          Ledasmom June 27, 2013 at 10:32 am |

          Yes, I was thinking of the Texas Eleven. Eleven senators not showing up is enough to break the quorum, and if they are out of state they (probably) cannot be compelled to come in.

        6. Liz
          Liz July 2, 2013 at 2:02 pm |

          I know this is like a week late, but I just wanted to mention that the rules for a special session are different and you dont have to have a quorum like Lolagirl and Past My Expiration Date have mentioned. The legislation passes with a majority of votes from whoever shows up to the session.

  2. SophiaBlue
    SophiaBlue June 26, 2013 at 1:36 pm |

    Just to show what shitheads the Texas Republicans are, they had to get three strikes against Wendy Davis to stop her filibuster. The second strike they called against her was for having someone help adjust her back brace!

    1. White Rabbit
      White Rabbit June 26, 2013 at 1:44 pm |

      I was enraged by that. Unless they were misapplying them yesterday, their filibuster rules are mind-bogglingly ableist.

  3. Grace
    Grace June 26, 2013 at 6:42 pm |

    I watched from Canada since about 3 pm yesterday, and the whole thing just made me shake my head. I also followed it on twitter, and was just thrilled with all the support that she received. And yet there were still a bunch of misinformed people telling me that I was should change my mind and stop supporting the murder of babies. I even had one compare abortion to the holocaust *sigh*
    The worst part is that Rick Perry (I think that’s his name?) is probably going to call another special senate. Do these rich old Republicans have nothing better to do with their time (and the taxpayers money)?

  4. Mariucel
    Mariucel June 26, 2013 at 8:35 pm |

    …aaaand it was all for nought. Perry has just called another special session

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced late Wednesday he was calling a special session of the Legislature on July 1 to take up three unresolved issues — including abortion. “Texans value life and want to protect women and the unborn,” he said in a statement. “We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do.”

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/texas-abortion-fight-93469.html

    1. GraceGrace
      GraceGrace June 28, 2013 at 3:21 am |

      I just loooooove how he says that he’s doing this because it’s what the people want. I saw a figure of something like 80% of Texans don’t agree with him. So who is he really speaking for? And someone said it costs about $27,000 a day to hold a special session. Are you f***ing kidding me?! Is your power-hungry grasp over women really THAT important, Rick Perry?’

  5. tigtog
    tigtog June 27, 2013 at 12:14 am | *

    Stephanie Zvan at Almost Diamonds wrote a post focussing on the protestors: Screaming.

  6. xenu01
    xenu01 June 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm |

    Ugh ugh UGH on the condescendingly sexist nature of the coverage.
    Here is an article that is so sexist it sounds like a parody (from my local paper, the SF Chronicle):
    Filibuster makes ex-Texas teen mom a national star

    The first two paragraphs(bolding mine):
    As she spoke late into the night railing against proposed abortion restrictions, a former Texas teen mom catapulted from little-known junior state senator to national political superstar in pink running shoes.

    Wendy Davis needed last-minute help from shrieking supporters to run out the clock on the special session of the state Legislature and kill the contentious and sweeping bill, but her old-fashioned filibuster earned her widespread praise from fellow abortion-rights supporters — including a salute from President Barack Obama.

  7. Lelaina Landis (Lia)
    Lelaina Landis (Lia) June 27, 2013 at 6:40 pm |

    I was there. I saw it go down.

    It was history, folks.

    I encourage all of you living in Texas to call Gov. Perry’s office at (512) 463-2000 and voice your dissent. Let him know that you do not support a special session. Let your state representative and senator know as well. Your vote matters. Your campaign contributions matter, too. I have been making donations to legislators out of my district that are opposed to this abhorrent bill and plan to *really* amp it up come re-election time.

    You think this week was something special? You haven’t seen anything yet. We are just gearing up. We, the people of Texas.

    1. (BFing) Sarah
      (BFing) Sarah June 30, 2013 at 11:02 pm |

      Good for you! Sen. Davis and Sen. Van De Putte and the people of Texas are so inspirational for fighting back like this!

  8. Friday Links, 6/28/13 | Tutus And Tiny Hats

    [...] Martin. -Calling in a queer debt: on DOMA, the VRA, and the perfect opportunity. -Texas state Senators Wendy Davis and Leticia Van Putte are my new heroes. -The Amazon reviews of Wendy Davis’ filibuster sneakers are hilarious. [...]

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