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.



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AnalHerpes
AnalHerpes

Wendy Davis is an embarrassment to our state and an idiot. Abortion at 20+ weeks? She must enjoy getting scraped.

CommonSense
CommonSense

Are we out of our mind? are you really celebrating the massive murdering of unborn babies? can you get to your senses? really, a little bit of common sense would be enough! don't you think it is ironic that all the proabortion voices are alive? would you vote for your own death if you were in your mother's womb? if so, why are you still breathing?

dimpls1
dimpls1

Birth Control should be in the water, and a woman should have to go to the doctor to get a prescription in order to get pregnant.

Noelle A. Perry
Noelle A. Perry

texas is a purple state, buddy. sorry to break it to you.

susanelliott
susanelliott

Wendy Davis is a hero in the first degree, anyone who can not see that is either blind or a republican...wait there is no such thing as a republican who isn't blind to justice, personal rights or freedom for americans, citizens or not.


Diana Donath
Diana Donath

The guy is an idiot, Noelle. We all know Wendy is fighting for what's right.

Noelle A. Perry
Noelle A. Perry

you're not even reading my words. EXCEPT IN CASES OF RAPE AND INCEST, THE FATHER [unless he removes himself from the equation, as unfortunately many do] SHOULD - REPEAT, SHOULD - HAVE A SAY IN THE DECISION, BUT NOT THE FINAL SAY. if the father leaves after finding out that he got a woman pregnant, IMO he forfeits his say in the decision. and maybe you just phrased that badly, but let's spell it out just in case: a rapist should NEVER get a say in this decision. NEVER. there are tens of thousands of children in the foster care system RIGHT NOW. and that's just in the US. if "adoption is the answer", go adopt a child right now.

David Aulds
David Aulds

Your victory will be short because Perry will call them back into session and this won't stand. This is TEXAS not freaking California!!!

David Aulds
David Aulds

Are you aware of the studies researchers how done with regard to ABORTION and WOMEN? After Abortion many women can't have children anymore and still more women fall into DEEP DEPRESSION!!! Its not just that MURDERING A CHILD is evil and bad its that everyone involved is affected in some way. So get off your high horse and learn all the facts. Stop being an ignorant PSMNBC talking head!!!

Diana Donath
Diana Donath

All unmarried men should have their junk chopped off or rendered inactive through chemical processes until such time they are ready to marry & lawfully fulfill their obligation as a father... then, they get their ability to perform sex back. Since they can't control themselves, we'll do it for 'em. Hypothetically, that just got voted into law by a majority of .. not men, but women... how does that sit with you? WE are the majority. We should just vote to fix YOU. Btw: You have no idea how much I love all life. But, I the rights to MY body are mine alone. End.of.story.

Diana Donath
Diana Donath

Says whom, David? Religious doctrines & beliefs are prohibited by law to enter into political processes & decisions in the US... thankfully & and for good reason. MEN (many of whom I respect & cherish) are prone to violence & lack of self-control. There are SO MANY heinous crimes committed by men daily that the few that can be covered are squeezed into the backs of newspapers & sprinkled throughout with the car & furniture ads & barely touched on in the television news... just too numerous. If a woman does something similar .. just one woman.. it is national, if not WORLD news. You worry about you & you'll have enough to concern yourself with.

David Aulds
David Aulds

ADOPTION is the answer not murder!!! Also a father or man should have a say in ALL CASES not just incest and rape.

Noelle A. Perry
Noelle A. Perry

actually, no. i never said that it's only my decision. i believe that except in cases of rape or incest, the father should have a say in the decision, but it is ultimately up to the woman because it's her body. what you may not realize [because it doesn't support your worldview] is that many women who get abortions for non-medical reasons [because they can't support a child] do so because once the father finds out he's going to be a father, he skips out. also, thank you for telling me i can't enjoy sex. that's awesome.

Jane Says
Jane Says

Awesome job! Wendy. I soooo agree. This is a freakin matter of choice! Dont tell me what I can't do. I'm a Christian that believes in choice!

David Aulds
David Aulds

Oh Nicky trying to score points are we?

David Aulds
David Aulds

It does take 2 Noelle and that's my point!!! YOU and other women keep saying its YOUR BODY and YOUR DESICION but that's BS and you know it. You can't have it both ways as in have sex enjoy it but then MURDER A CHILD because its inconveinate. The decision belongs to both the man and the women not just the women.

Noelle A. Perry
Noelle A. Perry

i love the "keep your legs closed" argument. i'll keep my legs closed when you keep it in your pants, david. or did you forget that baby-makin' takes a man and a woman?

David Aulds
David Aulds

Diana I know this may be hard to understand but try and listen ok, once you and a man engage in the sexual act that man has an equal decision in the outcome of that child's life!!! You can shout all you want about how ITS YOUR BODY AND YOUR DECISION but its yours and his. If you don't want to be pregnant here's a action you can follow....KEEP YOUR PANTS ON!!!!

David Aulds
David Aulds

She stood on her feet for 10 hours TO PROMOTE MURDER, there is nothing heroic about that at all!!!

Sammi Lu
Sammi Lu

I'm cheering for the woman who committed to standing on her feet for 10+ hrs so that women across Texas have the right to choose whether they want to carry to term a pregnancy resulting from rape or incest.

Diana Donath
Diana Donath

@ Daivd... We support exclusive rights to our OWN bodies. How about we draft a law mandating any restriction or modification to a man's body & see how far that would go... yeh, nowhere. I have so much respect for you, Wendy. You stand up against mentality like this dolt's. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Noelle A. Perry
Noelle A. Perry

we TEXANS cheer someone who promotes CHOICE. don't believe in abortion? don't have one. it's not hard.

David Aulds
David Aulds

So you " LADIES " cheer someone who promotes MURDER?

abzolut
abzolut

Wake up, women.  The Republicans in your state believe your rights are only worth "laughing at."  I am dismayed that the healthcare rights of women in Texas are dependent on one woman's ability to stand for 12+ hours without leaning on a table.  That is pathetic.

abzolut
abzolut

Wake up, women.  The Republicans in your state believe your rights are only worth "laughing at."  I am dismayed that the healthcare rights of women in Texas are dependent on one woman's ability to stand for 12+ hours without leaning on a table.  That is pathetic.

Anse
Anse

I was amused by David Dewhurst's comment that "Occupy Wall Street tactics" were used to defeat the bill. That's funny. The way rightwingers go on and on about revolution, and "Second Amendment solutions," you might assume that they'd find these "Occupy Wall Street tactics" pretty tame. Democrats have proven that you do not need to "water the tree of liberty with the blood of patriots." You don't need guns, you just need to make enough noise.

FooledByWhiteyAgain
FooledByWhiteyAgain

Since the majority of aborted fetuses are female and minority, I am pro-abortion.  How else can we can keep the number of women and/or minorities down to a manageable level???


spencesuppli2000
spencesuppli2000

When I see people reference right and wrong I look at their actions.  If you are against abortion and truly love children adopt two.  If not, keep your judgements and your wallets, as always, to yourselves.

Sammi Lu
Sammi Lu

I'm crushing hard on Wendy Davis's efforts this morning..kudos! #politics #WendyDavis

H_e_x
H_e_x

@CommonSense Vote for death in a mothers womb? Does that mean we are lowering the voting age again?

H_e_x
H_e_x

@David Aulds Oh man who doesn't love them some straight up bald face lies? Here we have a grown ass man, an adult for crying out loud, spreading disinformation. Everything this person has said is incorrect. Throw in some random capitalization (seriously, why do unhinged people randomly capitalize words? Are they under the impression that more capitalization makes them right or something?) and you have yourself another man who thinks he knows what's best for women. 

MadMac
MadMac

How many have you adopted, David? Harris County CPS has a backlog of 450 cases. Those are actual and real, abused and neglected children, not abstract foetus for you to champion from the comfort of you desk chair.

H_e_x
H_e_x

@David Aulds Unsubstantiated lies? No, who would do that?

H_e_x
H_e_x

@David Aulds Of course that's heroic. If I masturbated 12 times in a day I damn well consider myself a hero.

AreYouSerious
AreYouSerious

@abzolut There is a difference between healthcare rights and non-life threatening late term abortions. Your inability to see the difference between the two is pathetic.

Texas is proposing to make abortions safer, thus protecting the women you claim to care about.  Texas cares about their lives and their health as well as their rights.

Texas will not allow a Gosnell style clinic.  These are measures to protect that from happening.

susanelliott
susanelliott

@abzolut :applause: i hear you abzolut, and agree whole heartedly. it is a pathetic show of true democracy in action in the united states.

susanelliott
susanelliott

@FooledByWhiteyAgain how in the hell would you know the sex of aborted foetus'? that has to be one of the most ridiculous sexist and racist statements i have ever read anywhere. 


susanelliott
susanelliott

@Manny LaRue really intelligent response there bud


MadMac
MadMac

Upside, you can always continue murdering doctors in their churches, like God intended.

H_e_x
H_e_x

@MadMac I haven't been able to find evidence of hundreds of kids on his facebook page. A lot of conspiracy theories, general bigotry, and a receding hairline is all I found. 

Actually, I think there might be a chance of some hidden kids somewhere, ala Patrick Swayze in Donnie Darko (the original and never the directors cut).

susanelliott
susanelliott

@MadMac :applause: perfect response, of course katzzam has nothing to say about it... not enough intelligence there to come up with one.



H_e_x
H_e_x

@AreYouSerious @H_e_x I was under the impression that being forced to carry a fetus to term for 9 months was different that owning a gun. Apparently you see no difference whatsoever. I don't know what kind of kinky stuff you're into, but I'd advise you not to carry a gun inside your body for 9 months. 

AreYouSerious
AreYouSerious

@H_e_x @AreYouSerious  Umm.. Yes.

Isn't that the gun control advocate's argument?  I'm taking away your right to own a gun because it will make everyone safer?  

If you were to lock someone away in a padded cell, you would provide them the highest level of safety.  With every freedom afforded to this person, you would lose some measure of safety. We are at a point now where with no regulation or restriction, the lowest level of safety is available for women looking for an abortion.  

It's a lie to say that anyone is "taking away" anyone's rights in this instance.  That would be a false dichotomy, to use your previous term more appropriately.

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