Anyone who doubts that Texas is now a battleground state should take a second look at the hard-fought battles-including Thursday’s “people’s filibuster”-during the past week after Republican Gov. Rick Perry, at the urging of Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, added onerous abortion restrictions to the special session, restrictions that would close all but 5 abortion clinics in Texas even though the GOP-controlled legislature had failed to pass any anti-abortion bills during the regular session.
Please Stand With Texas Women today as our Democratic Senators filibuster Senate Bill 5 while other Democratic politicians, women’s health advocates, activists, and ordinary Texans support this battle to prevent Republican Senators from passing their anti-woman, anti-abortion omnibus bill in the final hours of this special session, which ends at midnight.
Texas Democrats, far outnumbered by Republicans in both the House and the Senate, are nonetheless on the verge of killing one of the most restrictive abortion proposals in the nation – at least for now.
Using delaying tactics and parliamentary rules, the minority party argued into the wee hours in the state House on Monday morning and then stuck together to keep the GOP from jamming Senate Bill 5 through the Senate in the afternoon and evening. Republicans vowed to try to muster enough support to push the bill through Monday night, but that effort failed. […]
Sen. Wendy Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat and rising star in the party, has vowed to launch a filibuster. Unless Republicans can change some votes, the abortion measure can’t be brought up for debate until Tuesday morning at about 11 a.m. Since the session ends at midnight Tuesday, that means she could kill the legislation by talking nonstop for about 13 hours.
As Democratic Senator Wendy Davis leads the filibuster, she needs Texas women to share your stories:
– Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) June 25, 2013
– Sylvia R. Garcia (@SenatorSylvia) June 25, 2013
What you can do today to Stand With Texas Women
Go to the capitol: #SB5 Action Alert: Come Early, Stay Late, Wear Orange: Katherine Haenschen offers excellent advice for those who are able to travel to Austin.
Call your TX legislator’s office: If you’re a Texan, call your legislator to politely yet firmly register your opposition to SB 5. I’ve heard that they will feel as though they’re being bombarded if they receive just 15 calls. We can do better than that. Be sure to thank our Democratic legislators for their efforts as well.
Change your profile pic: Haenschen also provides a link to the orange Stand With Texas Women pic so that you can show your support of us today. And wear orange, regardless of whether you’re going to Austin.
Share on social media: Y’all know what to do. Please use #sb5 and #txlege.
– Gene Wu (@GeneforTexas) June 24, 2013
And join me and the other Battleground Texas Summer Fellows as we register Texans to vote.
Representative Jessica Farrar: “The Majority Cannot Ignore the Rest of Texans” by Katherine Haenschen, BOR
Texas Republican finds cure for rape! by Barbara Morrill
Storify: Texas Republicans Continue War On Women, Texans Fight Back by Joe Deshotel, BOR
GOP abortion bills mandate medical malpractice by Jon Perr
Wendy’s Last Stand by PDiddie
Note: Cross-posted from orange.