Texas pro-life bill fails amid filibuster, late-night drama

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A bill before the Texas Senate that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks was defeated when it failed to gain approval before the end of the Texas special legislative session.

At 11:18 a.m. local time, Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis, representing Fort Worth, appeared on the Senate floor in a back brace and hot pink sneakers to begin what she hoped would be a 13-hour filibuster of the bill to doom it when the session ended on Tuesday at midnight, according to NBC News.

Her filibuster ended just before the 11-hour mark, however, due to technical violations by Davis, giving pro-life advocates a ray of hope that the bill would pass in the GOP-controlled Senate. That hope was short-lived, however.

Although voting on the measure was initially reported to have begun before midnight, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, acting as Senate president, announced that the vote was too late — by just a few minutes.

Dewhurst reported at 3:00 a.m. local time that the measure could not be “signed in the presence of the Senate … and therefore cannot be enrolled.”

He hinted that Gov. Rick Perry may call another special legislative session when he added, “It’s over. It’s been fun. But see you soon.”

NBC News reported:

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, had said that if the bill passed “abortion would be virtually banned in the state of Texas, and many women could be forced to resort to dangerous and unsafe measures.”

Richards then posted the following tweet to her followers:

 

President Obama showed his support with the following tweet:

 

It’s now up to Gov. Perry to call another special session.

Watch the CNN report below.

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