#StandWithWendy: Social Media Erupts As Sen. Wendy Davis Filibusters Abortion Bill

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People all across the United States and the Internet reacted strongly to the filibuster of Texas Senate Bill 5 by Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, Tuesday night.  Her filibuster, which lasted 12 and a half hours, blocked a vote from taking place on SB5, a bill that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks and require abortion clinics to have similar standards to surgical centers, placing restrictions on abortion induction drugs and require all doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital within 30 miles.

Davis’ filibuster was live-streamed at mnay sites, sparking a social media firestorm of supporters voicing their support for and against the bill. Ultimately, the bill was defeated, since the final vote on it took place after midnight on Wednesday, rendering it invalid. Opponents who filled the Texas Capitol in Austin erupted in cheers as Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, announced that the bill was indeed thwarted.

Supporters also cheered Davis as she was exiting the Statehouse.

Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who presides over the Senate, confirmed the bill was not going to pass and also tweeted his response to his party's failure the next morning.

Twitter users voiced mixed reactions to the outcome, and the media coverage of the spectacle.  Some users also tweeted images of the Texas Legislative website, highlighting discrepancies between the timestamps that appear to have been modified to show that the vote took place prior to the midnight deadline. As of 9:12 a.m., the website still displays that a vote took place on June 25, instead of June 26.

 

Take a look at more of the reactions on Twitter for and against the bill here.

 

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