July 16, 2013 — A filibuster against a Texas antiabortion-rights bill "was more than organized opposition or even endurance -- it was an expression of mainstream Texans standing up against partisan power-mongers who no longer act in Texas' best interest or even tell Texans the truth," Texas Sen. Wendy Davis (D) writes in a Washington Post opinion piece.
Davis explains that she spent nearly 13 hours filibustering the bill because "it rolled back constitutional rights and would reduce the number of women's health clinics from 42 to 5, thereby threatening the health and safety of thousands of Texas women."
Davis argues that a provision in the bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy "puts women's lives at risk" and "was added by partisans primarily as a means for whipping up their political base." She notes that "[l]ess than 1 percent of all abortions in Texas occur at the 20th week or later," but in "nearly all of these cases, a family in tragic circumstances has had to make the difficult and private decision to let go of a much-wanted pregnancy because of a major medical concern."
Davis also stresses the importance of women's health clinics and notes that "more than 90 percent of the care provided by these centers has nothing at all to do with abortion," such as health screenings and contraception.
"Texans -- and women all over the country -- deserve leaders that care, that listen and that work to protect their interests," Davis writes, concluding, "The people's filibuster demonstrated that Texans -- and women everywhere -- are ready and willing to fight back" (Davis, Washington Post, 7/15).