The Wendy Davis saga continues today with the announcement that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has decided to call a second special session to once more decide the fate of the controversial abortion bill SB5.
Davis became a national hero filibustering that bill, which effectively killed it in the Texas senate. The senator will have her work cut out for her on July 1, when that second special session commences; chances are the senate will be more mindful of budgeting its time, making a filibuster impossible.
It almost doesn’t matter. This clip from The Daily Show reveals that Davis has already gained a groundswell of support from people across the country, many of whom are tired of the state’s Republican senators’ attempts to shut Davis down.
While in the throes of giving her now-famous 12-hour speech—where sitting, leaning, drinking and eating were all prohibited—Davis was sanctioned by them for the following:
- Accepting a back brace from a colleague
- Straying off-topic when she mentioned the budget for Planned Parenthood.
- Straying off-topic when she mentioned the state’s 2011 sonogram law.
Finally, Republican Lt. Governor David Dewhurst admitted that computer records had been altered; officials did eventually vote in favor of the bill, but contrary to the time stamp, they had performed the vote after the deadline had passed, rendering their decision moot and the bill dead.
That admission, on top of the other maneuvers by the senate to keep Davis from killing the bill, didn’t gain the Republican senators or Gov. Rick Perry any new admirers. The governor in particular has been trending on Twitter this morning, and much of what’s being said about him is far from positive.
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