#IStandwithWendy: The Texas anti-abortion bill which prompted an 11-hour filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) is dead, the The Austin American-Statesman reported. The bill threatened to close nearly all of the abortion clinics in Texas. Thanks to Wendy Davis, the official vote was time-stamped at 12:03 a.m.
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 people’s filibuster,”The Associated Press reported.
Although some Republican lawmakers later claimed the bill had passed in time, Democrats denied that the vote was completed before the clock ran out on the session.
A time stamp showing the vote completed after midnight was the deciding factor. “This will not become law,” Sen. John Whitmire (D), told The Austin American-Statesman.
In response, the crowd of protesters gathered in the capitol cheered and began singing “The Eyes Of Texas,” the alma mater of the University of Texas at Austin. Source: Huffington Post
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