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    Senator Wendy Davis is no stranger to Texas politics and her filibuster Tuesday is only expected to throw her more into the state spotlight. A single mother and Harvard graduate, Davis wasn't chosen at
    Senator Wendy Davis is no stranger to Texas politics and her filibuster Tuesday is only expected to throw her more into the state spotlight. A single mother and Harvard graduate, Davis wasn't chosen at

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst has suspended a filibuster against abortion restrictions, but Democrats moved to appeal the decision.

Three violations against Senator Wendy Davis ended a filibuster to block abortion restrictions in Texas.

Republican Sen. Donna Campbell said Davis went off topic. A violation of the rules was reviewed and Sen. Campbell's point of order was sustained, ending the filibuster.

Crowd in the chamber began chanting "Let her speak." DPS troopers escorted the crowd out of the chamber.  

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst moved to approve abortion bill without a vote. Senator Kirk Watson appealed his decision.

As Dewhurst opened the floor for debate, hundreds outside the Senate Chamber could be heard screaming "Let us in."

 


 

 

The last day of the Special Session is ending with some classic political theater. A filibuster got underway as part of an effort to talk to death SB5; a controversial Abortion Bill.

Senator Wendy Davis arrived at the state Capitol Tuesday with a plan to control the Senate floor until the session ends at midnight. When Davis- and fellow Democrats walked onto the senate floor, Pro-choice supporters welcomed them with cheers. Her filibuster began by blasting the GOP leadership for putting the abortion issue on the Special Session to-do-list.

"Partisanship and ambition are not unusual in a state capitol but here in Texas right now it has risen to a level of profound irresponsibility," said the Democrat for Fort Worth.

The Republican plan started to unravel well before Davis started to speak. It happened here in the House. SB-5 was sent to the House only to regulate clinics and the doctors who work in them but House members added language that would ban abortions at 20weeks.

At one point a man in the Gallery, identified as Mike Bradford of Austin, caused a disturbance and was escorted out. In a hallway outside of the Chamber he met with reporters and indicated his position against abortion is from a racial point of view.

"I see all the supporters mostly I see, firstly white women, who are supporting abortion but yet abortions are effecting a certain demographic that's not included in the people supporting it," said Bradford.

Outside at the south capitol gates- another abortion face-off was underway Jim Furr held a sign that read Pray to end abortion.

"Its life, taking innocent life and the Lord tells us not to take innocent blood," said Furr.

A few steps away Allison Mjos held her own Pro choice sign.

"I saw this man and I had a piece of poster board and I said lets go, lets go," said Mjos.

As Senator Davis read letters from Pro choice supporters, a group of Republican House members from her District delivered boxes of pink and blue paper. Each sheet of paper -- 84-thousand pages they say- represent letters that could not be written by babies aborted in Texas in 2011.

For Davis to reach her mid-night goal -- there are strict rules to follow that go beyond just staying on topic. There are no breaks for water, to get food or even to go to the restroom. Davis must also stay standing -- leaning on her desk is not allowed. Support came in the form of a pair of hi-liter orange gym shoes -- which at times on social media over-shadowed the serious topic.

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