USMagazine, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 9:25am (PDT)
Wendy Davis refused to take Texas' pending abortion bill sitting down. The Texas senator determinedly stood for nearly 13 hours straight on Tuesday, June 25, in a filibuster meant to kill a bill that would severely restrict women's access to abortion in the Longhorn State.
The 50-year-old single mother and Harvard Law School graduate wouldn't back down during the lengthy process, during which she was not allowed to sit or take a bathroom break. Clad in a pair of bright pink sneakers, Davis addressed anti-abortion lawmakers who argued that the bill was meant to protect women.
The bill in question would impose strict restrictions on a woman's access to abortion -- banning the practice after 20 weeks of pregnancy and placing stringent restrictions on clinics -- potentially driving mothers with unwanted pregnancies to take unsafe or drastic measures.
The filibuster was suspended at 10:03 p.m., just two hours short of the midnight deadline that would effectively end the 30-day special session, after Lt. Gov. David Deewhurst determined that Davis had strayed off-topic.
"I'd love to see the list of prolife politicians who have facilitated secret abortions for their daughters & mistresses," comedienne Sarah Silverman wrote.
"Guys…I wish abortion wasn't something we have to talk about," Sophia Bush added in a series of tweets. "I wish that no woman, no family, no young girl, no victim of rape, was ever put in the position where she had to make that decision. I cannot imagine making it. I cannot imagine struggling with it. …Don't like abortion? Then just don't have one. And don't cast judgment on anyone who does, or might."
"Women of Texas, now would be a good tim to move," actor Chad Lowe wrote. "Men of Texas, now would be a good time to cede from the union."
Even usually-cheeky Ricky Gervais couldn't help adding his genuine admiration for Davis' actions: "Whatever the outcome, @WendyDavisTexas efforts entered her into the pantheon of American heroes tonight."