Senator of Texas, Wendy Davis (D) took to the floor Tuesday morning to criticize a bill that would virtually ban abortion in the state of Texas.
The bill would act to shut down nearly all of the abortion clinics in the state which prompted an 11 hour filibuster by Senator Davis.
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, had said that if the bill passed “abortion would be virtually banned in the state of Texas, and many women could be forced to resort to dangerous and unsafe measures.”
The Huffington Post reported that, “ Lawmakers had to vote on Senate Bill 5 before the special session’s end at 12 a.m. local time. However, more than 400 protesters halted the proceedings 15 minutes before the roll call could be completed with what they called a ‘peoples filibuster’”
Many showed their support for the Texas senator including President Barack Obama who tweeted:
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 26, 2013
Abortion rights activist also showed their support to Wendy by chanting in succession, “let her speak, let her speak.”
When the bill was not passed, Davis was greeted by an upbeat crowd of supporters who applauded the senator and chanted her name.
“Today was democracy in action,” Davis said. “You all are the voices we were speaking for from the floor.”
This week, our country has made a lot of progress regarding social issues including gay marriage finally becoming legal in the state of California.