An Amazing 12 Hours of News


I, along with an incredibly huge number of people, stayed up late last night to watch the clock count down on Wendy Davis’s amazing 13 hour filibuster against the Texas anti-abortion bill, SB5. After Senator Davis’s filibuster was ended at 10pm for some bullshit reason (in this case, that the topic of ultrasounds were not “germane” to the filibuster. “Germane” was one of the words of the evening, along with “parliamentary inquiry”), pro-choice legislators were able to stretch things out for another one hour and 45 minutes or so. With about 15 minutes left until midnight, Republicans tried to force a vote even as bill opponents protested. Frustrated with not being recognized, Senator Luticia Van De Putte asked:

LeticiaGraphicImage shows Sen. Van De Putte with text overwritten: “At what point must a female senator raiser her hand and her voice to be recognized by her male colleagues?” – Source: Memographs via Joe.My.God

AND ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE IN THE CHAMBER.

People started screaming, cheering; there was thunderous applause. And then they didn’t stop. At one point they started chanting “WENDY!” over and over again. They screamed for almost 15 minutes! Here are a few of my favorite tweets from that time:

Texas State Representative Jessica Farrar tweeted: THIS IS THE CITIZEN FILIBUSTER! with this photo:

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Image shows part of the chamber floor and the packed balcony shouting at the top of their lungs and their arms raised in the air.

They cheered until the clock ran down. They cheered while police were hauling people out of the chamber in an attempt to restore order. And when the chamber was finally empty you could hear them chanting “SHAME!” outside the doors. In the end the diversion took just long enough to keep the vote from being called on time.

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Screen cap of the datestamps of the vote.

See – the vote took place after midnight – after the special session ended. In one of many outrages of the night, bill proponents tried to fucking cheat. But in the end, the bill was dead. And we all rejoiced and praised the feminist army and donated to the political campaigns of Wendy Davis and Leticia Van De Putte and all of the other Senators who opposed SB5. Everyone was happy.

Oh…except for these people.

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Image is a Facebook capture of David Dewhurst’s status “I am furious about the outcome of the final day of this Special Session, when an unruly, screaming mob using “Occupy Wall Street” tactics derailed legislation intended to protect the health of Texas women and their babies. An unconscionable series of delaying actions by the minority party and their allies placed SB 5 in direct jeopardy of death-by-filibuster upon its arrival in the Senate. Pushing every parliamentary procedure to its limit, we passed SB 5 19-10, but the deafening roar from the gallery drowned out any possibility of adjourning with a signed bill. I pledge to Texas one thing: this fight is far from over.”

Lila Rose – anti-choice activist

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Rick Perry haz a sad. Somebody bring him some some hot cocoa or a popsicle or something. Image shows Rick Perry looking pouty and resting his cheek against his fist. Image found at jessesublet.com

But enough about them – How about that other big news, right???? High five for five of nine SCOTUS judges!!!

I missed the media coverage of the DOMA statement and the the Prop 8 ruling, so all I’ll say on those is:

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Image has “FUCK YEA.” in rainbow font over the “fuck yea.” meme guy, and a rainbow flag on the left of the image.

Between Minnesota legalizing same-sex marriage, DOMA being overturned and SCOTUS ruling favorably in the Prop 8 case, it is going to be one hell of a party at the Twin Cities Pride Festival this weekend. Which reminds me, if you can, you should COME TO PRIDE IN THE PARK and THE PRIDE PARADE THIS WEEKEND!!!! Unless you don’t like big crowds, or you’re not in a place where you can feel safe at a LGBTQA celebration, of course. But if you can, it’s an amazing experience to be surrounded by such joy and support and acceptance. And yummy fatty food trucks and giant lemonades and way more taffeta and leather and body glitter than is usually seen on a hot July day and puppies and hippies with hoola hoops and seven inch heels and loud live music and drag shows and not nearly enough clothing on so many people and hugs and smiles and kisses and rainbow ALL THE THINGS!

Happy [social justice/civil rights/treating human beings decently] celebration day, everyone.

Comments

  1. voidhawk says

    Very cool outcome, but would we not be slamming the other side if they used the same tactics? If a pro-choice bill was sunk because of a balcony full of anti-choice christians drowning out proceedings?

  2. dustbunny says

    A senator called citizens participating in the political process in his state “terrorists”?? O.o

  3. Pierce R. Butler says

    voidhawk @ # 1 – excellent point, alas. Surely some anti is already scheming to make this happen (though not in Texas).

    dustbunny @ # 2 – Note that the respected Sen. Zedler used the singular form, when the copious Twitter format allowed him 74 more characters.

    Thus, clearly (would a real live Senator blow his syntax?!?) he was referring to one individual, “in the Texas State Senate” – who else but Sen. Davis?

  4. says

    @Voidhawk:

    The Republicans were using dirty tactics to try to ram through the bill. They refused to acknowledge the voice of a sitting senator. They tried to cheat and pretend the vote got through at 11.59. I don’t usually say two wrongs make a right, but in this case there was something fundamentally broken in the system.
    —-
    However, despite Wendy Davis’s fight, Rick Perry is announcing another special session to ram these travesties through the Texas system, and you can bet they won’t allow the same tactics to be used. Texas will have it’s 5 abortion clinics, its abortions being illegal after 20 weeks (yea, fuck the “rape” “incest” and “health of the woman” provisions, what doctor is going to risk jailtime?)

    Texas is a travesty of a state.

  5. says

    voidhawk @ # 1 – Yes, that worries me too, but I think it was the least bad option by a very wide margin. If this bill had passed, it would have killed people. What anti-abortionists don’t tell you is that preventing women from getting safe abortions has almost no effect on the number of abortions – it just makes them unsafe, with harrowing consequences. (See When abortion was illegal in Canada, written by a doctor.) If I were a women of child-bearing age in Texas with no savings, I’d have been terrified.

  6. Rawnaeris, Lulu Cthulhu says

    Sheila, unfortunately the women of Texas are still right to be terrified. As Katherine Lorraine mentioned above, Perry is calling a second special session. That this is happening cannot be repeated enough.

  7. says

    The anti-choice crowd was already playing fast and loose with the rules when they were using any excuse to end the filibuster. They sure as hell have no moral high ground to be criticizing anyone else.
    This wasn’t a subversion of democracy; it was the people standing up and refusing to be trampled by a political establishment with no regard for real-life consequences.

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