Texas Senator Wendy Davis is currently on hour 4 of her 13 hour filibuster of #SB5, a pernicious bill that will result in all but five clinics being closed in Texas, and will ban abortion after 20 weeks. (You can watch the livestream here.)
For the past several days, there have been protests at the Capitol, and Texas anti-choicers have been doing everything they can in order to ram SB5 through the legislature. The bill passed the House at around 3 am on Monday morning (to loud screams of “SHAME! SHAME!”) Then yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst attempted to leverage the death of the father of one of his colleagues in order to suspend the 24-hour rule in the Senate and bring the bill to an immediate vote. (He failed.)
Senator Davis’s filibuster and the repro rights fight in Texas hasn’t been getting much play in the media, so if you want to read up on what’s going on, check RH Reality Check‘s coverage here. RHRC’s Andrea Grimes has been a warrior on the ground. Another repro rights warrior, Jessica Luther of Flyover Feminism has a post detailing what you can do to stand with Texas women even if you don’t live in Texas. (You can read that post here.)
Also, President and Editor-in-Chief of RHRC, Jodi Jacobson, is organizing a massive food delivery to all the men and women who are camping out at the capital to show their support for Wendy Davis. On Sunday, RHRC provided more than $800 worth of food to more than 1,000 people. We expect the crowd to be even larger tonight.
If you want to donate to that effort, click here.
Go, Wendy, go!
*** You can follow Jessica Luther on Twitter — @scaTX. you can follow Andrea Grimes on Twitter — @andreagrimes. You can also follow the hashtags #TxLege, #SB5, #HB16, and #HB60 for the most up-to-date news.