UPDATED: Wendy Davis's Abortion Filibuster Brings Laughter from Republicans, and History to Capitol
While we at Hair Balls like to think we can run our motors with the best of them, it's tough to imagine that we could have the strength and temerity to actually go on for 13 consecutive hours, without break, without falter. Up there, with room for neither restroom reprieve nor leg up from colleagues. Alone. Thirteen hours, on her own, so these three million women in the Valley won't have to drive six-odd hours to the nearest abortion clinic, just to sign the paperwork to begin. So that faulty science can't ruin a right 40 years in the making.
Davis's filibuster will not remain as well-known as, say, Strom Thurmond's 1957 diatribe against the Civil Rights Act, or Wisc. Sen. Robert La Follette's 1917 attempts to prevent arming merchant ships against the Germans. It won't be as widely viewed as Paul's attempts to figure how he can prevent the Pentagon's drones from turning inward. It may not even be effective -- she still has to make it to midnight before she can relax.
But for the 13 million women of Texas, and for their male partners, Davis is standing for the opportunity to still obtain the abortions to which they are legally allowed. She's standing, and we're watching, and we're waiting. She's putting on a show worth following. She's putting out a filibuster as it's meant to be, and for all the right reasons.