An estimated 5,000 protestors, wearing shades of orange from burnt to bright, flocked to the state capitol building in Austin Monday as lawmakers gaveled in to the second special legislative session of the year.
Activists have taken to Amazon to write reviews of the hot pink sneakers that Wendy Davis wore during her infamous filibuster. Buried in the hundreds of reviews, some of which are very funny, are also some stories about abortion and reproductive rights.
“The Promise of Texas is bigger than personal ambition and extremist interests—bigger than one political party. Together, we can do what they won’t—we can stand up for each other, stand up for what’s right—and stand up for Texas.”
Most Texans don’t want a special session to pass anti-choice legislation. So why are Rick Perry and David Dewhurst pushing for it? Because the religious right controls the Republican primary system, and ultimately owns the politicians who come out of it.
Wendy Davis and SB 5′s opponents know: The legal right to an abortion means nothing to the person who can’t get to a clinic, the person who can’t speak the language spoken in a clinic, the person who doesn’t have enough money to pay for an abortion, and the person who doesn’t have the required documentation.
Republican Gov. Rick Perry has called a second special session, calling legislators back to the capitol to continue his dogged fight to decimate access to safe, legal abortion in Texas.
To borrow a traditional University of Texas Longhorns football slogan: They came early, they stayed late, they wore orange. It was a big week for reproductive rights and activism in Texas.
Though there was initial confusion as to whether SB 5 had passed, Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards announced in the Texas capitol early Wednesday morning that the legislation is dead, to huge cheers from the hundreds of pro-choice advocates still gathered in the building.
As of 6:15 p.m. CST, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis was nearly seven hours into a one-woman filibuster that’s expected to last until midnight as she holds up legislation that would decimate access to safe, legal abortion in Texas.
RH Reality Check brings you the silenced testimony from the hundreds of Texans—many of whom had been waiting over 15 hours—who were denied the opportunity to be heard by their elected representatives.