Top Ten WTF Moments of Texas Abortion Debate - Part 2 (Senate Edition)
First read Part 1 of the Top Ten WTF Moments of the Texas Abortion Debate. Then check out Part 2 below, which covers Tuesday June 25, the #StandWithWendy filibuster day...
— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) June 26, 2013
"The first point of order had come from Republican Robert Nichols, who had argued that her reference to the state’s defunding of Planned Parenthood was “not germane”–an argument that Dewhurst, as presiding officer, had found convincing." - "A Bill is Killed, a Star is Born" by Erica Grieder, Texas Monthly
— David Dewhurst (@DavidHDewhurst) June 19, 2013
We had terrorist in the Texas State Senate opposing SB 5
— Bill Zedler (@Bill_Zedler) June 26, 2013
"Senate Democrats were incredulous about the hard-line approach (and had a chance to say so, because senators are allowed to debate a point of order). Ellis recalled that during a filibuster in the 1970s other members made a circle around the senator giving the speech, like water buffalo defending their young, so that he could relieve himself in one of the chamber’s wooden wastebaskets." - "A Bill is Killed, a Star is Born" by Erica Grieder, Texas Monthly
— Rachel Farris (@MeanRachel) June 25, 2013
— Reeve Hamilton (@reevehamilton) June 27, 2013
— Heather Parker (@heatherr_parker) June 26, 2013
Democrats pushing for chair to review video of proceedings, Ellis arguing Estes failed to make the motion to table (he's right) #SB5
— Becca Aaronson (@becca_aa) June 26, 2013
"By this point, there were more than 100,000 people watching the filibuster on livestreams, and many of them may have been surprised by the suggestion that Davis’s discussion of Texas’s sonogram bill was not “germane” to the topic at hand, which was a bill concerning the abortion facilities and practices in Texas." - "A Bill is Killed, a Star is Born" by Erica Grieder, Texas Monthly
— ProgressTexas (@ProgressTX) June 26, 2013
— Sarah Walsh (@BigDamnHerosSir) June 26, 2013
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