Before we go freaking out about this, let’s take a couple moments to get the situations straight.
When I began researching this topic, I was relieved to see that the first article that came up stated that the law had not been passed, thanks in large part to Senator Wendy Davis’s 11-hour filibuster.
The bill would have declared abortion to be illegal after 20 weeks of pregnancy and “required all clinics to be graded as surgical centers, with all doctors required to have admitting privileges at hospitals (NBC News)”. Almost every abortion clinic in the state would have had to shut down due to inability to meet those regulations.
Senator Davis was required to speak constantly, stay on topic, and not lean on her desk or otherwise rest herself for the entirety of the filibuster. Beginni Monday morning, she spoke for 10 hours and 45 minutes, telling stories of women and doctors who had experiences with abortion. She had intended to speak the full 13 hours that would keep the bill from passing, but was eventually forced to stop after Republican opponents claimed that she was breaking the rules by straying from the topic and allowing a colleague to help adjust her back brace.
Texas lieutenant governor David Dewhurst claimed that the clamor from the gathering crowds of supporters and onlookers was a distraction to the voters. Several Republicans claimed that they had placed their votes before the midnight deadline, but the official records showed that they had been recorded on Wednesday and changed to Tuesday.
Both of the articles I found tended not to be very opinionated, but they weren’t very well organized. Luckily, since it’s such a recent topic, you will have no trouble finding other sources if you intend to continue looking into this topic.
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United States Part One