I Stand With Wendy
Update (6/26/13 2:25 PST): Well, would you look at that! Governor Perry is just going to do it all again. Great.
Gov. Rick Perry is calling lawmakers back immediately for another special session to deal with abortion issues, and also to consider transportation funding and new sentencing guidelines for 17-year-olds convicted of capital crimes. Unlike the last 30-day special session, Perry is not waiting 16 days before adding abortion to the agenda. It will start immediately.
Update (12:35 AM PST): In case you missed it, the filibuster was halted at just under ten minutes to midnight in Texas. Protesters chanted and yelled until midnight, halting the proceedings. The senators voted anyway despite the fact that it was clearly past midnight. Someone tampered with the records on the website so that the vote was recorded as having taken placed before midnight (jury’s still out on who — there will be hell to pay). Regardless, as the hundreds of thousands of viewers on the livestream saw, the vote really was recorded at 12:03 AM CST. Just now, Cecile Richards announced that Lt. Gov. Dewhurst has agreed that SB5 is dead.
I was watching via Christopher Dido’s livestream. What a night!
If you have the chance tonight, watch Texas Senator Wendy Davis live as she filibusters a particularly horrible and restrictive anti-choice law. She is being supported in person by both her back brace and The People’s Filibuster (if you’d like to help feed those fine folks, throw some bones at RH Reality Check).
No seriously, her back brace is officially a thing now. I’d imagine that standing without leaning for 13 hours would require at least a little extra help. After all, she is standing on behalf of 51% of the Texan population against a bunch of dudes who want to control their uteruses for some reason. As Senator Davis herself has pointed out tonight in her analysis of the law, the fetal pain notion is one that is completely unsubstantiated by actual science, so the claims about it seem to be coming from “up high.” Hmm, I wonder where that might be.
In all seriousness, this law is a first step in a really scary direction. I hope the filibuster goes well. I’m watching with bated breath.
The Twitterverse is abuzz with news and commentary about it and the comment thread on the livestream isn’t as much of a cesspool as you’d think it would be. Courtney Caldwell is live-blogging it as well.