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Several female senators had critical roles in SB5 filibuster

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Senator Wendy Davis was among several powerful female senators who had pivotal roles Tuesday in the Senate Bill 5 filibuster.

Tuesday morning, Senator Davis, dressed in her tennis shoes, kicked off a filibuster hoping to block the passage of a sweeping abortion reform bill. In the tenth hour--and with two point of order strikes against her--she was challenged for the third and final time by Republican Senator Donna Campbell. Campbell questioned Davis's talking points. 

Davis was silenced, but not before gaining national recognition for her efforts. On social media some vowed to cast their votes for her if she ran for governor.

"What I'm feeling from the phone calls that I'm getting, the social media messages I'm getting. People across Texas and across the country watched this happen and feel empowered. Their voices were reflected in the debate that occurred in the senate yesterday," said Davis.

Another democratic heroine was Senator Leticia Van de Putte of Bexar County. She arrived late after attending her father's funeral. It was her statement with 20 minutes to go that caused the gallery to erupt in protest, ultimately delaying the vote on SB 5.

"At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues in the room," said Van de Putte.

Van de Putte talked with FOX 7 before she made her way back to the funeral home where her father's services were held.

"My dad always stood up for me and I saw a picture of him when I was honored the first week of May as I acknowledged him. He was the lone standing, clapping for me. I saw that picture yesterday after the burial. I figured if my dad could stand for me, I better go to Austin and stand up for women," said Van de Putte.

She sees the night as a victory even though she knows republicans will eventually see it through if another special session is called.

"The worst thing that could happen is if you let your government work in a vacuum. Thanks to the internet, and live-streaming and the press, government cannot work in a vacuum. The citizens engaged and that's the real story last night," said Van de Putte.

"You don't run state business with mob rule," said Campbell. "Conservatives do not act that way, they don't."

Campbell back at her office in San Antonio is hoping to return to the capitol for another vote.

"We worked so hard, we had the votes and I am very disappointed that a rule, a tool can be used to block good legislation that would promote women's health, the safety of women's health to defend an abortion industry."

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