Tribpedia: 2013 Abortion Filibuster

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On June 25, 2013, the last day of the first special session of the 83rd Legislature, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filibustered an omnibus abortion bill — Senate Bill 5 — that was sent back to the Senate by the House. Her efforts didn’t kill the bill, but used up most of the time the Senate had for it ...

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For Rep.-Elect Molly White, Abortion Changed Everything

State Rep.-elect Molly White, right, speaks on a women's health panel at the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 20, 2014.
State Rep.-elect Molly White, right, speaks on a women's health panel at the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 20, 2014.

When Rep.-elect Molly White takes office in January, she will immediately be one of the Texas House’s most conservative members. But to a degree unique among her new colleagues, ending abortion is White’s personal and political passion. And a nonprofit she founded counsels against both birth control and sex education that promotes it.

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Ft. Worth, begins a filibuster of SB 5 the abortion regulation bill on June 25, 2013.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Ft. Worth, begins a filibuster of SB 5 the abortion regulation bill on June 25, 2013.

Davis' Abortion Draws Attention to New Restrictions

State Sen. Wendy Davis' revelation that she had an abortion late in her 1997 pregnancy is shedding light on a provision in the restrictive abortion legislation she tried in vain to stop last year — the part that bans abortions after 20 weeks, including in many cases when there are fetal abnormalities.

Gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis are shown on primary night on March 4, 2014.
Gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis are shown on primary night on March 4, 2014.

Analysis: A Personal and Political Race for Governor

Political campaigns can be cunning and crafty affairs where candidates are cautiously presented and positions are carefully tailored to voters. But the contenders are humans, and policy is sometimes personal. Consider Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott, the two candidates for governor. 

Senator Wendy Davis addresses the Texas Democratic Women’s Convention in Austin, TX.
Senator Wendy Davis addresses the Texas Democratic Women’s Convention in Austin, TX.

Video: Davis Tells ABC News About Her Abortion

In an exclusive interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts, Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis talks about her "difficult decision" to have an abortion in 1996, when doctors told her the baby had severe brain abnormalities and would be deaf, blind and in a permanent vegetative state.

State Sen. Wendy Davis, the 2014 Democratic nominee for governor, addressing supporters on July 13, 2014, in East Austin.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, the 2014 Democratic nominee for governor, addressing supporters on July 13, 2014, in East Austin.

Davis Memoir Discusses Adversity of Childhood, Career

In her memoir, state Sen. Wendy Davis talks about the difficulties of her childhood, her two failed marriages and her political career. She notes regrets from a past campaign and the events surrounding her 2013 filibuster of abortion legislation. 

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Ft. Worth, begins a filibuster of SB 5 the abortion regulation bill on June 25, 2013.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Ft. Worth, begins a filibuster of SB 5 the abortion regulation bill on June 25, 2013.

Analysis: A Movement, or Just a Moment?

With the anniversary of the filibuster that made her a star for Texas Democrats, Wendy Davis is still trying to turn a momentous event into the kind of campaign that will upset the state's entrenched political order. The interest in Texas politics is piqued — even HBO has noticed — but Davis needs to win votes, not viewers. 

Interactive: The Impact of HB 2 on Abortion Facilities

Abortion facilities across Texas have shuttered because of new abortion regulations approved by the Legislature last year. Use this interactive map to see how the number of abortion facilities in Texas has changed, and where facilities will remain open when more regulations take effect in September.

At separate events, Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filed for governor in Austin, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.
At separate events, Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filed for governor in Austin, Texas on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.

The Inescapable A-Word in the Texas Governor's Race

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As state Sen. Wendy Davis and Attorney General Greg Abbott gear up for the 2014 gubernatorial election, both candidates’ campaigns have made a tactical choice to mostly avoid the A-word — even in the midst of heated legal challenges that reached all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

5th Circuit Reverses Ruling on TX Abortion Regulations

Texas abortion providers’ Monday victory was short-lived. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday reversed a federal district court ruling that found part of the state's new abortion regulations unconstitutional, meaning the provisions of House Bill 2 could take effect immediately if state officials choose to enforce them.

Court Battle Begins Over New Abortion Regulations

A federal judge began hearing arguments Monday as abortion rights advocates pursue a preliminary injunction to block the implementation of two provisions in the state's new law on abortion regulations. Plaintiffs argued that the law violates the constitutional rights of women, and the state’s attorneys defended Texas’ right to enact laws that advance protections for the life of a fetus.

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 29, 2013.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 29, 2013.

Meet the People Behind Davis' Campaign for Governor

State Sen. Wendy Davis, expected to announce for governor on Thursday, is relying on a tight-knit group of people who have fought in the political trenches together — often against the odds, and often in territory seen as inhospitable to Democrats. Meet some of the key players on her nascent team.

State Sen. Wendy Davis, flanked by her father, Jerry Russell, and her two daughters, delivering her victory speech at the Fort Worth Hilton on Nov. 6, 2012.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, flanked by her father, Jerry Russell, and her two daughters, delivering her victory speech at the Fort Worth Hilton on Nov. 6, 2012.

Wendy Davis Releases Details About Announcement

Amid widespread reports that she plans to run for Texas governor, state Sen. Wendy Davis on Thursday released details about the announcement of her future plans next week. Davis will announce at around 5 p.m. on Oct. 3 in the Haltom City auditorium where she received her high school diploma in 1981. 

 

Crowds gather outside the Senate hallway to hear State Sen. Wendy Davis after the midnight drama that killed abortion legislation in the last hour of the 83rd Texas legislature's first called special session.
Crowds gather outside the Senate hallway to hear State Sen. Wendy Davis after the midnight drama that killed abortion legislation in the last hour of the 83rd Texas legislature's first called special session.

Wendy Davis Postpones Announcement on Political Future

Texans will have to wait a little longer to find out if Wendy Davis will run for governor. The state senator said Wednesday she is postponing her decision until late September while she cares for her ailing father. She had been expected to make the announcement next week.

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, at a "Stand With Texas Women" rally at the state Capitol.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, at a "Stand With Texas Women" rally at the state Capitol.

Davis Says She'll Run for Re-election or for Governor

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State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, said Monday she'll either run for re-election or for Texas governor, and that she's working hard to make her decision. Davis has been mentioned as a potential statewide candidate since her filibuster on abortion legislation thrust her into the national spotlight.