Talker Texas Senator

  • Aired:  06/26/13
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Wendy Davis' day-long filibuster in the Texas Senate ends with a controversial vote on abortion restrictions. (4:51)

DECISION IN FULL.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, GUYS.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE MUCH, MUCH

MORE COVERAGE TOMORROW ON THESE

LANDMARK GAY MARRIAGE DECISIONS

BUT ONE MORE THING WE HAVE TO

GET THROUGH TONIGHT BECAUSE I

DON'T KNOW IF YOU WATCHED OUR

SHOW LAST NIGHT.

IF YOU DID, BE MISTAKE.

YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE DONE THAT.

WHY?

BECAUSE YOU MISSED SOMETHING

INCREDIBLE HAPPENING IN THE

TEXAS STATE SENATE.

>> IT WAS A LATE AND WILD NIGHT

AT THE TEXAS STATE HOUSE.

A DAY LONG FILIBUSTER ENDING

WITH A CONTROVERSIAL VOTE ON

ABORTION RESTRICTIONS.

>> DEMOCRAT WENDY DAVIS TOOK THE

SENATE FLOOR AT 11:18 IN THE

MORNING.

THE GOAL: FILIBUSTER FOR SOME 13

HOURS UNTIL MIDNIGHT WHEN THE

SPECIAL SESSION OF THE

LEGISLATURE WOULD EXPIRE.

>> John: IT'S JUST LIKE THE PLOT

OF FRANK CAPRA'S CLASSIC MOVIE

"MRS. SMITH WANTS AN ABORTION."

WHAT EXACTLY IS AT STAKE?

>> AT STAKE, A BAN ON ABORTIONS

AFTER 20 WEEKS AND A REQUIREMENT

THAT ALL PROCEDURES BE DONE AT

SURGICAL CENTERS.

THAT WOULD REDUCE THE NUMBER OF

AVAILABLE ABORTION CLINICS IN

THE STATE FROM 47 TO 5.

>> John: HOLD ON.

IS FIVE ABORTION CLINICS IN

269,000 SQUARE MILES REALLY SO

BAD?

THINK ABOUT IT.

TEXAS WILL STILL HAVE THREE MORE

ABORTION CLINKS THAN IT HAS SIX

FLAGS AMUSEMENT PARKS.

LET'S BE FAIR.

WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT MATH.

IF SENATOR DAVIS CAN TALK 13

HOURS, TEXAS WOMEN WON'T HAVE TO

DRIVE 13 HOURS TO GET AN

ABORTION.

OKAY.

HOW HARD CAN THAT BE?

>> YOU CAN'T TRADE OFF WITH A

COLLEAGUE TO GET ANY RELIEF.

YOU CANNOT SIT DOWN.

YOU CANNOT EAT.

YOU CANNOT TOUCH THE PODIUM OR

THE DESK.

YOU CANNOT LEAVE EVEN FOR A

SECOND FOR ANY REASON INCLUDING

HAVING TO GO TO THE BATHROOM.

YOU HAVE TO STAY ON THE TOPIC OF

THE BILL YOU ARE FILIBUSTERING.

>> John: OF COURSE -- AND THIS

IS IMPORTANT -- THERE IS NO SEX

IN THE CHAMPAGNE ROOM.

THIS IS THE SENATE WE'RE TALKING

ABOUT.

AT LEAST THOUGH TEXAS ACTUALLY

MAKES YOU FILIBUSTER DURING A

FILIBUSTER, UNLIKE WASHINGTON

WHERE THE RULE IS BASICALLY, I'M

GOING TO FILIBUSTER AND THEN

I'LL GET A PEDESTRIAN CURE AND

IT STILL COUNTS.

PHILADELPHIA BUSTERRERS MAKE ME

TIRED.

... FILIBUSTERS MAKE ME TIRED.

OKAY.

SENATOR DAVIS, COUNTDOWN CLOCK

IS SET TO 13 HOURS.

TALK THE TALK.

>> AT TIMES SHE WAS PASSIONATE.

ND WHAT IS SO DISTURBING IS

THAT WE DON'T SEEM TO CARE.

>> OTHER TIMES DEFIANT.

I'M NOT YIELDING FOR ANY

QUESTIONS AT THIS POINT.

>> SENATOR DOES NOT YIELD.

HE REMAINS STANDING IN HER

PINK SNEAKERS FOR NEARLY 11

HOURS STRAIGHT.

>> John: BRAVO.

BRAVO.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

THAT RIGHT THERE IS THE KIND OF

ATHLETIC FEET THAT WILL

DEFINITELY GET YOU A PRODUCT

ENDORSEMENT DEAL AT THE VERY

LEAST.

FILIBUSTERS.

FOR WHEN YOU JUST HAVE TO STAND

THERE.

STAND THERE.

AND DO NOTHING ELSE.

THE OPPONENTS WERE EQUALLY

DETERMINED TO ABORT HER

FILIBUSTER BEFORE IT REACHED ITS

FULL 13-HOUR TERM.

>> STRIKE ONE WAS DAVIS' MENTION

OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD WHICH

REPUBLICANS SAID WAS OFF TOPIC.

STRIKE 2 CAME WHEN A COLLEAGUE

OFFERED DAVIS A BACK BRACE.

AND THE FINAL STRIKE CAME WHEN

DAVIS MENTIONED THE STATE'S 2011

SONOGRAM LAW.

AGAIN OFF TOPIC.

>> John: WHAT?

THIS IS A DEBATE ABOUT ABORTION

RESTRICTIONS.

HOW ARE PLANNED PRNTHOOD AND

FORCED SONOGRAMS OFF TOPIC?

THAT'S LIKE SAYING TALK TO ME

ABOUT WHITE CASTLE BUT DON'T

MENTION DIARRHEA.

THOSE ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS.

ULTIMATELY THAT JOKE LANDED HARD

WITH PEOPLE HERE.

ULTIMATELY DAVIS AND HER ALLIES

PUSHED THE DEBATE PAST THE

MIDNIGHT DEADLINE AND THE

ABORTION BILL DIED.

BUT THEN REPUBLICANS TRIED ONE

OF THE SHADIEST MOVES OF ALL

TIME.

>> FOR A WHILE THIS MORNING, IT

APPEARED AS THE STATE SENATORS

HAD INDEED VOTED TO PASS THE

BILL.

BUT JUST A FEW HOURS ALLEGE THE

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF TEXAS

ACKNOWLEDGED COMPUTER RECORDS

HAD BEEN CHANGED TO MAKE IT LOOK

LIKE REPUBLICANS VOTED THE BILL

THROUGH IN TIME WHEN, IN FACT,

THEY HAD NOT.

>> John: LOOK, LOOK, TEXAS.

YOU TRIEDED EVERYTHING YOU

COULD.

NOT EVEN AN ILLEGAL POST

MORTGAGE EM VOTE COULD REVIVE

THIS DEAD BILL.

BUT LOOK, LET'S NOT CONDEMN THE

TEXAS SENATE MAJORITY.

THEY'RE JUST BEING CONSISTENT.

THEY SIMPLY BELIEVE THAT IF LATE

ONE NIGHT WHEN YOU'RE SWEPT AWAY

BY YOUR EMOTIONS YOU MAKE A

STUPID MISTAKE, YOU SHOULD

ALWAYS HAVE A CHANCE TO FIX IT

LATER AND NOT HAVE TO LIVE WITH

THE CONSEQUENCES.

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