Tribpedia: 1997 Memorial Day Massacre

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Rep. Arlene Wohlgemuth, R-Burleson, used a legislative rule to strike 52 bills from the Texas House calendar near the end of the 75th regular session in 1997.

She was retaliating after political opponents used a similar parliamentary tactic to kill her legislation that would have required parental notification before minors could obtain abortions.

The rule she used? The House Calendars ...

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Planned Parenthood clinical assistant Nicki Bailey discusses the new abortion laws with a patient in Austin.
Planned Parenthood clinical assistant Nicki Bailey discusses the new abortion laws with a patient in Austin.

Komen Drops Support of Planned Parenthood

The Dallas-based breast cancer prevention group Susan G. Komen for the Cure has halted its financial support of Planned Parenthood, yet another blow to the family planning organization that provides abortions in some of its clinics. 

Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, during her filibuster at the end of the the 82nd legislature on Sunday, June 3, 2011. The action, in opposition to $4 billion in cuts to education, tipped lawmakers into an immediate special session.
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, during her filibuster at the end of the the 82nd legislature on Sunday, June 3, 2011. The action, in opposition to $4 billion in cuts to education, tipped lawmakers into an immediate special session.

Filibuster Propels Wendy Davis Into Spotlight

Sen. Wendy Davis' controversial decision to torpedo the legislative session with a filibuster has catapulted the Fort Worth Democrat into the spotlight. She's seized it to try to mobilize outnumbered Democrats and to take jabs a Gov. Rick Perry’s rumored presidential aspirations.