Wendy Davis, Texas Senator, Courageously Fighting For Women’s Rights

wendydavisFirst I want to start off by saying, Wendy Davis— you are one hell of an exceptional person.

And to follow the motto of today as one of her supporters, Go Wendy!  Or on Twitter, #StandWithWendy

Proving that not all politicians from Texas live in some other dimension where insanity trumps reality, Wendy Davis decided to take a stand today (literally—she will have to stand for 13 hours to be successful) to fight for women’s rights in Texas.

Wearing pink tennis shoes in preparation for what’s expected to be a very long day for the Texas Senator, Wendy Davis took the floor at 11:18 a.m. CDT today and plans to speak continuously for 13 hours.  She’s doing this to filibuster an anti-abortion bill that would shut down most every clinic in Texas that provides abortions, and also wouldn’t allow any exemptions for rape or incest after 20 weeks.

It’s estimated that if this bill passed, only 5 clinics in Texas will remain that would be allowed to provide abortions.  In the second largest state in the country, that means some women in more rural areas would have to travel hundreds of miles just to have the procedure.

The moment she stood up to begin the filibuster, her chair was removed by colleagues wanting to avoid an instance where she might accidentally sit down.  Rules state she can not sit down, lean against anything, take a break (even to eat or use the restroom) and must talk continuously, on topic, the entire time.

Yesterday, Senator Davis provided a strong statement on Twitter displaying her determination to see this bill blocked:

The leadership may not want to listen to TX women, but they will have to listen to me. I intend to filibuster this bill.

Senator Davis has spent much of her time during the filibuster reading statements from Texas women and doctors who weren’t allowed to testify by the chairman of the Republican-controlled committee.

In one of my favorite parts of the day (so far), after a comment was made by one of the bills Republican supporters who stated “this is about women’s health,” Davis then questioned why vasectomies and colonoscopies aren’t also required to take place in clinics with such stringent rules that this bill would require abortion clinics to follow.

Davis continued, “Because I’ve been unable to have a simple question answered to help me understand how this would lead to better care for women, I must question the underlying motive for doing so.”

And she’s absolutely right.  This is clearly an attempt by Texas Republicans to use loopholes they’ve identified to try and ban abortions in the state.  Mississippi did something similar when state legislators unsuccessfully tried to pass a “personhood bill,” defining life at conception—which would have made any abortion murder.

Now I’ve heard some Republicans come out and say that liberals mocked Rand Paul when he did his filibuster a couple of months ago, and they’re right—we did.  They claim commending Davis on her filibuster makes us hypocrites.

Except there’s a huge difference.

Paul’s filibuster was ultimately pointless.  He was “seeking an answer” from the president about the use of drones on American soil—an answer that was already clearly defined in our Constitution.  His filibuster was nothing more than a stunt to build support heading into CPAC, where he just happened to win the straw poll for a possible presidential run.  Oh, and also raised a lot of money for himself and his probable 2016 candidacy.

Some asked why Davis was chosen for this filibuster.  Being a woman from Fort Worth who herself had a child as a teenager, yet still managed to graduate from Harvard Law, many felt this gave her a strong background to be the face of this filibuster.

Personally, this wonderful woman has won me over.  She’s gained a growing reputation in Texas of taking on Republican leaders in the state on key issues such as women’s rights and education.  She’s exactly the voice Texas Democrats need if we’re ever going to reclaim sanity from Republicans in this state.

This is exactly the type of voice I’ve said Democrats in Texas must have to take this state back.  Strong, confident, passionate—Wendy Davis, Texas Senator from Fort Worth, one hell of a Texas bad ass.

My only hope now, beyond her continued success during this filibuster, is that she has bigger plans for her political career…

“Texas Governor Wendy Davis” sounds damn good to me.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Michael J Watts

    Before moving to Denton for school at UNT, I lived in Bedford. In 2008, I cast a ballot for Wendy Davis for State Senator.

    #StandWithWendy

  • Michelle R. Knight

    At least someone in Texas has a brain!! Keep up the good work Wendy!!!

  • Suzie

    #StandWithWendy! We need many more women like you standing up for women’s rights! You are an inspiration!

  • allison hunter

    What a ditz!! since when does anyone in the Obama administration either tell the truth or honor the constitution?

    • Wayne Heddinger

      since you started making up your own constitution…get real…

    • Cathryn Sykes

      You’re calling her a ditz? You ignoramus, she’s a Texas state senator, not a member of the Obama administration!

      • allison hunter

        She’s a democrat, I know she’s not a member of his administration, but she’s one of his sheeple. Look in her article where she said about Rand Pauls filibuster where she said it was unnecessary beacuse we are protected from drone strikes under the constitution, that was what I was alluding to. Obama has no reagrd for the law or the constitution.

      • johnie

        There are none so blind as those who refuse to see allison idiot.

      • cfde1277

        Allison, if your daughter was raped and became pregnant. would you force her to carry to full term?

      • midge

        She also didn’t write this article….

  • Cathryn Sykes

    She’s still talking! I just called her office in Austin and told the staffer there how much we admire Wendy for doing this. This is a real filibuster, folks, an marathon of long exhausting hours standing, moving, talking, not like the fake filibusters the GOP pulls in Washington, where they block anything from even coming up for a vote by simply filing paperwork and then going home! She has two more hours to go!

    • Darkthunder

      Keep it going. I had no idea who this woman is, but I can say, I admire her courage and conviction to do this. I really hope she succeeds. It’s not surprising that all of these “ban abortion” supporters are elderly MALE, and usually Republican politicians.