Democratic candidate for governor, Wendy Davis, threw a big party Wednesday night at the Palmer Events Center to mark one year since her famous abortion filibuster.
Davis, with help from Leticia Van De Putte, Senator Kirk Watson and Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards remembered Davis's 13-hour filibuster a year ago protesting House Bill 2, a bill that banned abortions after 20 weeks and required doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. It eventually passed.
Davis told hundreds of adoring supporters Wednesday night, "Even if you lose the battle, there's freedom in the fight. There's power that comes from the very act of fighting."
Heather Busby with NARAL Pro Choice Texas says the celebration is not just about Wendy Davis.
"But also the voices of the Texans who came to the Capitol and spoke out and literally drowned out the vote on this bill," she said.
She says since the bill passed, their resolve has only gotten stronger.
"We see double, triple the number of people who normally come out to things. Social media is constantly blowing up. There's been a continued fighting spirit and the engagement from last summer was just the beginning," she said.
Carol Everett is with the pro-life, Heidi Group. She had an abortion herself when she was younger and even started an abortion clinic.
"I found that selling abortions to other women somehow solved my problem on a daily basis. If they were ok, maybe I was ok," Everett said.
Everett's faith drastically changed her mind about abortions so she started fighting against them. She points out HB2 wasn't intended to protect women who choose life but women who walk through the door of an abortion clinic.
"Abortion clinics are closing...they are choosing not to protect the health of women who walk through their doors. Doctors are leaving the abortion industry and women are walking through the door of life-affirming clinics in record numbers," Everett said.