Abortion

Special Session - Abortion
5:35 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Opposing Rallies Sing Different Songs At The State Capitol

The scene at the state capitol this morning in a picture posted on Twitter by Rep Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio. Those wearing orange are pro-choice supporters.
Trey Martinez Fischer Facebook

Thousands of people swarmed to the state capitol to cheer on state lawmakers on both sides of the abortion debate, and what some thought would be mayhem turned out to be a peaceful but loud rally both inside and outside the capitol.

Mounted police in riot gear watched over the crowds at the rally, but were not needed after all.

Inside, pro-life groups sang "Amazing Grace" over and over, following a press conference from mothers who had had an abortion that went wrong and who now wanted more restrictions for abortion providers.

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Texas Legislature - Special Session
2:22 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Everything Has Changed In The Second Special Session

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The mood, and boundaries, have changed a lot at the state capitol since the regular session. Upon entering the capitol, you take immediate notice of the differences -- chained off sections of the stairwell and rotunda and an increased presence of Department of Public Safety troopers.

But what has really changed in this second special session?

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Texas Legislature - Special Session
1:00 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Storify: Following The Abortion Protests At The Texas Capitol

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 8:40 am

To keep you up-to-date on all the action going on at the Capitol today, we've created a Storify to monitor the protests on the first day of the special session. Click below to see the timeline.

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Texas Matters
1:56 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

The War Of The Worlds On The Texas Senate Floor

State Senator Leticia Van De Putte in the KSTX studio.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas Matters: The battle over abortion hit a boiling point in Texas this week and it all started  with a 13-hour filibuster attempt by Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth, which was cut short, continued with Sen. Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio challenging the Republican (male) dominance of the floor, which finally pushed the room into a frenzy with one ruckus crowd of supporters. This did not sit well with the governor.

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Special Session (Part Deux)
7:17 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Governor Calls Lawmakers Back Again For Second Special Session

Republican lawmakers will again try to pass SB 5, a controversial abortion bill, in the second special session.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Gov. Rick Perry was clear in his statement about the intended purpose of a second special session, stating "I am calling the legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas."

Lawmakers will be back in the state capitol on Monday, July 1 to continue work.

Josh Havens, who is with the governor’s office, said this session will be about the three items the legislature was unable to pass during the first session.

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83rd Legislature
8:49 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Texas Legislators Called Back For Special Session On Abortion Bill

Members of the gallery in the Capitol in Austin played a role in a vote on an abortion bill taking place after an official deadline. "We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do," Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday, in calling for a special session.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 6:33 pm

After a vote on a controversial bill to restrict abortion in Texas was deemed to have fallen outside of the state's legislative session, Gov. Rick Perry has called for a special session to take up the issue, along with other topics. The session is scheduled to begin July 1 at 2 p.m., ET.

As our colleague Elise Hu reported, the proposed abortion law inspired a filibuster attempt from state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat from Fort Worth:

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It's All Politics
8:47 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

The Wendy Davis Rocket Ride

State Sen. Wendy Davis talks with fellow senators before her 11-hour filibuster attempt on Tuesday.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 7:49 pm

Overnight, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis became a national political name and a hero to abortion-rights supporters around the country.

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Special Session
4:47 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Update: Van De Putte Says Republicans Changed Time Stamp On SB 5 Voting Record

Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

Update (6/28/13 10 a.m.) An article posted yesterday online by the Express-News talks about the series of events on Tuesday night and how the online change took place, comparing what happened at the capitol with a football game.

In football, the game is not over when the clock runs out if a play has been started -- it ends when the play is over, which is how it works in the Senate.

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Special Session (Part Deux)
11:47 am
Wed June 26, 2013

SB5 Fails To Pass Before Midnight, But Another Special Session Is Expected

Eileen Pace TPR News

The attempted filibuster by Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, slipped off the rails, but Democrats were still able to defeat the legislation with a little help from citizens who packed the state capitol.

Davis’ filibuster lasted about 11 hours, until the strict filibuster rules of the Texas Legislature allowed Republicans to end her attempt to block the bill just short of the midnight deadline.

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The Two-Way
3:24 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Clock Runs Out On Controversial Texas Abortion Bill

The Texas Capitol rotunda filled with supporters of state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, who filibustered a controversial abortion bill.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 6:38 am

The official clock ran out on Texas lawmakers overnight, which effectively killed a bill that would have dramatically restricted abortion in the nation's second most populous state. Hours of chaos and confusion in Austin finally lifted as Texas Senate leaders decided that the vote on Senate Bill 5 did not clear a constitutionally-mandated hurdle that it pass before midnight.

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