Texas Abortion Vote Misses by Minutes, Amid Chaos
Deadline missed on heels of Wendy Davis' epic filibuster
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2013 1:30 AM CDT
Updated Jun 26, 2013 7:53 AM CDT
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, reacts after she was called for a third and final violation in rules to end her filibuster attempt to kill an abortion bill in Austin, Texas.    (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – A contentious end to a wild day and night in Texas, where a bill that would ban abortions in the state after 20 weeks just barely failed to pass the state Senate before its midnight deadline, the AP reports. The GOP-controlled chamber was only able to vote on the bill after Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst decided that Democrat Wendy Davis had violated the rules—among them, no leaning on her desk, using the bathroom, or straying off topic—more than 10 hours into her nationally watched (and Obama supported) filibuster, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

Republicans scrambled to hold the stroke-of-midnight vote amid a raucous backdrop in the chamber, where crowds created a deafening scene (Buzzfeed has photos of the snaking lines of protesters); at one point, Sen. Donna Campbell started shouting to security, saying "Get them out! Time is running out," reports the AP. Time did indeed run out: Confusion reigned for a few hours over whether the 19-10 vote had made the cut, but at 3:01am Dewhurst returned to the Senate floor and confirmed the vote did in fact take place after midnight, giving him no time to sign it. He had strong words for the protesters, calling them an "unruly mob ... [who] disrupted the Senate from protecting unborn babies."

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Jun 28, 2013 3:03 PM CDT
Another funny thing: It was the Women's Liberation movement that conned two pregnant girls to be their poster children (who didn't even want abortions) to be their pawns for the court. This is how the Roe vs. Wade people got the SCOTUS to make their "Superior" decision on what a woman can do with "her own body". If it weren't these girls bodies who they were representing who actually denied involvement, then who were they really representing ? Hmmm.... I don't know...can you say ...maybe-e-e... "SATAN!!!!!!!!!"
Jun 28, 2013 2:46 PM CDT
A funny thing. None of you pro-abortion people on here make a stipulation about the 24th week clause in the SCOTUS decision. That makes you all advocates of murder, even by the inferior law of the land.
Jun 27, 2013 10:34 AM CDT
I'm sure the sterile environment of today's abortion clinics (Philadelphia notwithstanding) makes a huge difference to the child who is being killed and dismembered, which is what they have to do at 20+ weeks...