The nation watched on Tuesday and into the early hours of Wednesday while Democrat Sen. Wendy Davis and hundreds of protesters defeated the Republican attempt to shut down abortion clinics in Texas. The tricks and underhanded tactics after calling a special session were done while eyes from American voters were focused squarely on Texas. The Texas legislature voted after midnight much to the dismay of those watching the events unfold but protesters and Wendy Davis stood their ground.
It was a night to behold, watching the subject of Davis’ topic get called on over whether it was germane. It was confusing. Apparently Roe vs. Wade is not germane to the subject of abortion. Davis was allowed three warnings over whether her points were germane. She was given two and they tried to shut her down.
Democratic lawmaker Leticia Van Putte slammed her male colleagues for trying to silence female lawmakers.
Republican attempts to warn Davis over speaking over mandatory sonograms was called out by Van Putte, “Do they do a sonogram for a tonsillectomy? No. For an appendectomy? No.”
Sen. Kirk Watson stood up, taking to the floor, seemingly stepping in for Davis in an attempt to stall the bill.
In one of the more amusing tweets, Lizz Winestead, co-creator of the Daily Show weighed in:
— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) June 26, 2013
The Texas Tribune captured the last ten minutes of the special session in 26 seconds.
The roll call did not begin until 12:02 am, still yet, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and his fellow Republicans claimed the vote started at 11:59 pm. Even though Democrats asked for computer logs to be checked, Dewhurst tried to shut the proceedings down but Democrats and reporters circulated the logs. Evan Smith is CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Tribune:
The Texas Tribune reports:
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said he was “very frustrated” with the night’s results, after officially declaring near 3 a.m. that the bill could not be enrolled. “An unruly mob using Occupy Wall Street tactics” derailed legislation that was intended to protect women and babies, he told reporters. “I didn’t lose control of what we were doing,” he said. “We had an unruly mob.”
Cool story, bro. Nice of him to attempt to demean Texas voters but America was watching the events unfold.
President Obama weighed in:
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 26, 2013
In case you missed it, the best line of the night:
Every time Republicans try an underhanded tactic or create a scandal it fails miserably. For example, Wendy Davis is now a hero.
Loud chants broke out, “Wendy! Wendy! Wendy!”