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Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (D) filibuster for women's rights

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    This is a real hero...Texas State Senator Wendy Davis has been speaking non-stop since 11:00 am Central time on the dangerous effects of SB 5, an omnibus abortion bill that Texas Republicans are currently attempting to push through the extra lawmaking session. If she can make it until midnight (total 13 hours), she’ll effectively block it from being able to pass.

    What is remarkable is that she must conduct the filibuster without stopping to eat, drink, go to the bathroom, sit down, or even lean against a desk.

    All I can say, is "GO WENDY...you are a hero for women's rights in Texas and America. You have drawn a line in the sand and have set an example for the rest of America. Two more hours to go...hang in there.

    Think Progress, June 25, 2013: Texas Lawmaker Attempts To Block Stringent Abortion Restrictions With 13-Hour Filibuster
  • Liberal Democrat
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    It looks like the Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst has ruled that Senator Davis three times violated the Texas Senate’s procedural rules for a filibuster during the course of her filibuster. Those violations are with respect to requiring a senator to stand continually without assistance and remain on topic. They are now debating those rulings, but it appears that the filibuster is over (three strikes and you're out) and therefore is unsuccessful if the points of order are not allowed.

    I expect this bill will be rammed through before midnight. Republicans will not be denied by this senator.
  • Democrat
    Massachusetts
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    The vote did not take place by midnight, despite someone's attempt to mess with the computer system's date.

    There is still a cautionary tale to be learned here: Texas, as several other states have, with regard to several issues, has regressed to the barbarism of an earlier time.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Watching that last night reinforced my belief in democracy. The People's filibuster. It was truly amazing to see.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    And just when I thought the issue was settled for this legislative session in Texas, I read this:

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/06/26/2223441/perry-calls-second-special-session/

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    t looks like the Democrats will have a lot fewer options this time around.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Jared --

    It's not unexpected. Governor Perry and his fellow Texas Republicans are on some kind of a crusade, and they are unyielding and ruthless in their pursuit of those goals. I would say it will help turn the state blue, but with the Voting Rights Act squashed by the Supreme Court, Perry is proceeding full speed with with his plans to disenfranchise minorities.

    ThinkProgress: Two Hours After The Supreme Court Gutted The Voting Rights Act, Texas AG Suppresses Minority Voters

    "Just two hours after the Supreme Court reasoned that discrimination is not rampant enough in Southern states to warrant restrictions under the Voting Rights Act, Texas is already advancing a voter ID law and a redistricting map blocked last year for discriminating against black and Latino residents. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued a statement declaring that both measures may go into effect immediately, now that there is no law stopping them from discriminating against minorities."

    As Governor Perry said, "Texas will always be a red state." If he can't accomplish that through public policy, he'll do it by denying legitimate voters their rights.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    That's the silver lining here. I think they are looking at the demographic trends in Texas and understand that things are changing. As much as die hard republicans proclaim to love freedom, they sure like to make that freedom hard for anybody that doesn't look like them or believe what they believe.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    here's a great update on Wendy Davis and the Texas legislature:

    http://sphotos-b-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/1005907_189522841211234_1416120716_n.jpg
  • Center Left Democrat
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    The irony about the more restrictive abortion laws in Texas, and other states, is they will inevitably lead to an INCREASE in the number of abortions performed in this country, and Texas is a prime example why.

    Texas recently suspended the license of a Houston doctor who had performed 268 abortions between November 6 and February 7. Since he did not have admitting privileges to an authorized hospital within 30 miles of the location where the procedures took place, he was in violation of the law.

    http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/2/14/-texas-suspends-firstdoctorundernewabortionlaw.html

    After the passage of the more restrictive law in Texas last summer, roughly 30% of the safe abortion clinics in Texas have closed, and a fair number of them were Planned Parenthood locations. Since only 3% of the services provided by Planned Parenthood are abortions, the net result that an awful lot of impoverished women will no longer have access to medical care (Texas is one of the 25 states that did not expand Medicaid in 2013) or birth control information. Texas also happens to be the state that has the highest percentage of uninsured people in the country.

    http://www.advisory.com/daily-briefing/resources/primers/medicaidmap

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/30/states-uninsured-residents_n_1844346.html

    Texas has the 10th worst rate of poverty in the country, so there are a LOT of impoverished women in Texas. To make matters worse, Texas does not mandate sex education in its schools, and when sex eduction IS provided, the emphases in on abstinence rather that prevention. As a result, Texas has the 5th highest teen birth rate in the country.

    As of February 14, the abortion rate in America is the lowest it has been since abortion was legalized in 1973, but the actions by Texas and other states will inevitably lead to a situation that is exactly opposite of what they are trying to do.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/study-abortion-rate-at-lowest-point-since-1973/2014/02/02/8dea007c-8a9b-11e3-833c-33098f9e5267_story.html

    Both Democrats and Republicans are "pro-life". The difference between the two parties is that the Democrats are pro-life even after the child is born. Even Wendy Davis (who her opponents call "abortion Barbie") is pro-life:

    Davis also suggested that her views on abortion access do not mean she does not care about life.

    “I am pro-life,” she said, borrowing from the label anti-abortion activists assign themselves. “I care about the life of every child: every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed without being able to be a part of the Texas dream, every woman and man who worry about their children’s future and their ability to provide for that future. I care about life and I have a record of fighting for people above all else.”


    Cutting food stamps benefits to needy families in November, cutting money spent on education, fighting pre-kindergarten funding, refusing to extend unemployment benefits, and resisting laws that will protect the environment (and our drinking water) are hardly what I would call pro-life positions, but they are ALL positions that are embraced by "pro-life" Republicans.

    Texas, of course, has other priorities.

    If you're looking for a Valentine's Day gift for your wife, the Rosenberg police department recommends getting her a gun:


    http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/live-news/2014/2/texas-police-encouragementobuytheirladiesgunsthisvalentinesday.html
  • Other Party
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    that guy any commentary about the resume of Wendy Davis? It seems that her biography was "blurred" or that she "slightly altered" her resume, or maybe she just outright lied. Depends on who you choose to believe.

    I know this was an issue a while back, but haven't heard much lately.

    At one time someone in her campaign made an unfortunate remark about where she stood on the issues and wondering where her opponent "stood" on the issues. Insensitive? Or just plain stupid?

    What are her chances? Texas is a pretty red state. You think abortion, oops, I mean pro-choice/pro-life is the major issue?
  • Center Left Democrat
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    james:



    The most recent polls seem to indicate that Wendy is still a long shot, but her "embellishments" probably won't hurt her that much. A recent story in "The Week" explains why:

    http://theweek.com/article/index/255315/why-wendy-davis-biographical-embellishments-wont-sink-her-campaign

    Texas has had a LONG history of Democratic governors, including an unbroken string from 1874 until 1979, but it's been nearly 20 years since the last Democrat left office.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Governors_of_Texas

    Greg Abbott won two decisive victories in his last 2 elections (including 64% of the vote in 2010) so will be tough to beat, even though I'm willing to bet that Wendy will get a lot more of the female votes.
  • Democrat
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    I absolutely support a girl's or woman's right to an abortion. The girl/woman gets to choose whether or not to give birth to a baby!!!! PERIOD!!!!!

    I'm absolutely in favor of working to prevent unintended/unwanted pregnancies ---- the pregnancies that most often lead to abortions.

    To prevent unintended/unwanted pregnancies, we need to provide all girls and women with education about reproduction.

    Provide all girls and boys ages 13+ with info about the consequences of having sex. The biologic, emotional, social, financial and other consequences of having sex that leads to pregnancy.

    And, provide all girls and boys with easy access to contraceptives to prevent unintended and unwanted pregnancies.

    Again --- prevent unwanted/unintended pregnancies and we'll decrease the number of abortions.
  • Independent
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    MoiBree Wrote: I absolutely support a girl's or woman's right to an abortion. The girl/woman gets to choose whether or not to give birth to a baby!!!! PERIOD!!!!!

    I'm absolutely in favor of working to prevent unintended/unwanted pregnancies ---- the pregnancies that most often lead to abortions.

    To prevent unintended/unwanted pregnancies, we need to provide all girls and women with education about reproduction.

    Provide all girls and boys ages 13+ with info about the consequences of having sex. The biologic, emotional, social, financial and other consequences of having sex that leads to pregnancy.

    And, provide all girls and boys with easy access to contraceptives to prevent unintended and unwanted pregnancies.

    Again --- prevent unwanted/unintended pregnancies and we'll decrease the number of abortions.
    Absolutely agree; however the "churches" especially in the south will do everything to get it their way; sick bunch.
  • Independent
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    They are militant on the subject of abortion but are also just as militant on once a child is born "they're on their own". I can't understand why they are so concerned about preventing parental choice and then don't care about the care of a child after birth.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Polwatch Wrote: They are militant on the subject of abortion but are also just as militant on once a child is born "they're on their own". I can't understand why they are so concerned about preventing parental choice and then don't care about the care of a child after birth.
    Yes it is hard to understand how absolutely dogmatic certain conservatives are about protecting a fetus from conception to birth, but once born, the young mother is vilified as a "welfare queen" and denied food stamps, medicaid or other "socialist" programs for the poor.