In case you live outside the USA and haven't heard of this yet, Texas was preparing to vote on a radical bill that would effectively outlaw abortions within their boarders. Senator Wendy Davis came in early in the morning with the expressed intent of filibustering: The goal being to delay the critical vote.
Wendy Davis talked for 11 hours straight. No food. No drinks. No bathroom breaks. She couldn't even pause for a moment to take a sip of water or else she'd give up the floor and the vote could get underway. 11 hours straight she talked and just before the midnight cutoff she was interrupted, and the vote began... only to become absolute pandemonium as the crowd watching protested the interruption.
The GOP insists that the vote carried and passed, while the Democrats insist that they were still taking votes after the midnight cutoff thanks to the chaos that ensued. This is going to be one of those instances where the GOP are gonna try to lie and shove their way through our diplomatic process to achieve their goals rather than playing fairly like Senator Wendy Davis did.
I'm not gonna get into the topic of abortions because as I've said in the past, I don't know how I feel about them. It's not a black and white issue and the fact people keep trying to turn it into one disgusts me. But one thing I am certain about: I would rather there be a clean, safe, environment with professionally trained doctors to make sure the procedure doesn't cause more harm to the patient than it already is. Taking away abortion clinics will only force women to seek out unsafe procedures and measures and INCREASE the fatality rate. No matter what your feelings about abortions are, people are gonna get them. You can't stop that from happening. Taking away the clinics doesn't prevent it from happening, it just makes the whole thing worse for everyone.
So mad props to Wendy Davis. What she did couldn't have been easy to do and she accomplished a lot. Now we just need to keep a clear head and not let the GOP lie their way through this like they did with George Bush's election. Fuck you, Fox News, Al Gore won.
Someone threw a firebomb into Wendy Davis's office only a few hours ago. She was not in at the time, and the fire was quickly put out by the staff on hand, but there has been damage to her office nevertheless. SORRY, THIS WAS A STORY THAT HAPPENED A YEAR AGO NOT LAST NIGHT
The bill is dead! Despite their best efforts to try and blindside us all, with thousands of people watching it unfold and tweeting like crazy, they couldn't bluster it any more. The bill is DEAD! I never thought I'd say this but, thank goodness for social media awareness. If it's ever been used for good, this is one of those times!