Anti-Choice Texas SB5 Defeated, New Special Session Called by Perry

Texas SB5 was defeated on the morning of June 26, 2013. A 13 hour filibuster by State Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) prevented a vote on the bill. Hundreds of opponents of the bill gathered at the Capitol to show their support of reproductive rights. Governor Rick Perry announced a new special session will begin on July 1.

Photo by Ann Harkness

Choice Supporters at the Capitol

SB5 opponents in orange wait at the Capitol.

Texans wait at Capitol

Texans wait in line for a seat in the Senate Chambers.

Senate Chambers

Texans in the gallery of the Senate Chambers. The board says "Relating to the Regulation of Abortion, Procedures, Providers, and Facilities."

Senate Chambers

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst gave three warnings during the filibuster. Notably, a warning was given as Davis put on a back brace.

Read the bill at http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/831/billtext/html/SB00005E.HTM

View the bill's history at http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=831&Bill=SB5

Read Perry's announcement here.

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