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Monday, October 24, 2016

A reported crowd of 5,000 people rallied outside Texas’ capitol in Austin, as the second round of debate over Senate Bill 5 — the proposed legislation that would ban abortions after the 20th week and close the vast majority of women’s health clinics performing abortions throughout the state — before a 30-day special session called by Governor Rick Perry began in the state Senate.

State Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth), whose filibuster helped prevent the passage of the legislation, thanked the crowd for the support she’s received in the past few days.

“It was your voices lent to me that made it possible for me to stand for those 13 hours,” she said.

The chances of blocking the legislation this time are not good for Texas Democrats, who used procedure and a raucous crowd to keep Republicans from passing Senate Bill 5 without any public hearing. Republicans will likely be able to call a final vote with enough time remaining in the session that it could not be filibustered.

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (R-TX) called the Senate into recess until July 9, after waiving requirement that two-thirds of senators approve a bill before it gets a floor vote. A committee meeting on the legislation will convene Tuesday.

Dewhurst has admitted that the goal of the legislation is to close clinics that offer abortions.

Here’s Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks playing “Not Ready To Make Nice” at the same rally:

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  • Isabel Herron

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    • jmprint

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    • JDavidS

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  • Lynda Groom

    Wendy sure has the GOP frightened. That one woman keep them at bay for an entire day and started something in Texas not seen in a very long time, if ever. I have no doubt that the troglodyte bill will ultimately be passed since the rules in the Texas Senate have been suspended to ensure victory. However, that victory long term is going to be another nail in the GOP coffin. That Pyrrhic victory will be their undoing and will take away any chance of gaining the women’s voter for generations to come.

  • Allan Richardson

    The female Senator on the opposite side (I forgot her name) said that a rape exception for abortion is not necessary because (according to her) the rape victims gets an abortion in the ER with the “rape kit.” So the ER is allowed to do the abortion? Of course, the rape kit is nothing of the kind, but nobody asked a followup question to establish the FACT.