The filibuster you see above by Democratic Senator Wendy Davis in the Texas State Senate is happening live at the time of writing, and will continue to happen for another eight hours, if Wendy is able to make it, until the special legislative session ends, and the bill, which would ban almost all abortions at 20 weeks and close 37 of Texas' 42 abortion clinics, dies before it can receive a final vote in the Texas Senate.
A different version of the same bill already passed the Republican-controlled Texas Senate, and the bill recently passed the Texas House of Representatives. All that can stop it from becoming law is Senator Wendy Davis and her filibuster. Wendy Davis' heroic act will at least delay the measure from becoming law, and possibly provide a crucial block that could be difficult to overcome, once normal business in the Texas senate resumes. Texas Republicans are currently taking advantage of a special legislative session to pass emergency bills. Apparently shutting down 90% of the state's abortion clinics is emergency business.
In a statement in anticipation of the filibuster, Davis said that the Texas legislature's actions showed "profound irresponsibility and the raw abuse of power" in the Texas Senate.
The filibuster is a true war of attrition in Texas. Senator Davis must, for the entire 12 hours she speaks, remain standing, not lean on anything, not take bathroom breaks and speak continuously and not eat or drink anything. This is a true physical challenge.
Want to support Wendy Davis in her filibuster? There are several ways you can do that here, both from Texas and remotely.