Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst returned to the Senate floor at 3:01 a.m., banged the gavel and announced that, “regrettably, the constitutional time expired” on the special session. Senate Bill 5 cannot be signed because it passed after midnight, he said. [Statesman]
TEXAS REPUBLICANS disgraced themselves by supporting a piece of legislation that would have stripped the constitutional right to self-determination from women, especially in the rural prairies of Texas. Republicans proved through their actions that in Texas, freedom is just for men.
It seemed fitting that the same day Republicans gut the Voter Rights Act, in Texas, Republicans try to take the constitutional right to self-determination away from women. Lt. Gov. Dewhurst calling the people fighting for women’s rights an “unruly mob” reverberates as a perfect symbol of what Republicans think about women’s freedom.
Senator Wendy Davis led the courageous feminist filibuster fight, joined by her Democratic colleagues and backed by a chamber full of determined Texas voters, against majority Republicans who were hell bent on throwing every road block in the way of the fight for women’s freedom.
It wasn’t until the wee hours of the morning that the word came down from Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst the efforts of Republicans had failed and the fight for freedom won by Democrats, voters and the thousands of people watching the spectacle through the night.
The Texas legislature’s special session ended in chaos and confusion early Wednesday, when a marathon filibuster failed — but so did a Republican effort to pass a bill that would have greatly restricted abortions in the state.
The Republican-dominated Senate needed to vote “yea” on the bill by midnight to send it to the governor to sign into law.
But at 3 a.m., Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst stepped to the Senate floor to declare the bill dead and the special session over.
There is little doubt that Gov. Rick Perry and the Republicans in Texas will not stop until a woman’s constitutional right to self-determination is stripped from the Lone Star State. A place that once symbolized the great freedoms of the west, but which today only apply to men.
No on SB5 graphic via DailyKos.