Before the Supreme Court of the United States ruled to overturn restrictions placed on clinics by Texas’ controversial abortion law, then-Sen. Wendy Davis laced up a pair of pink running shoes and launched an 11-hour filibuster at the Capitol to delay the passing of SB 5.
Although Republicans cited Davis for rule violations in the filibuster’s final stretch, her efforts effectively delayed the passing of the bill until a second session. The U.S. Supreme Court would go on to block enforcement of the abortion restrictions by agreeing to review and weigh in on the bill.
Following today’s ruling, the 10 Texas abortion clinics (of the state’s 19) that were set to close under the law known as House Bill 2 will now remain open. Although state officials argued that the bill was intended to protect the health of Texas women, the Supreme Court ruled the restrictions created an inappropriate barrier for women seeking an abortion.
Explore our coverage of Davis’ filibuster and the subsequent developments:
- Scroll through our live coverage of Davis’ filibuster, which took place three years ago.
- “Women are not dumb and stupid. They know how to make decisions for themselves.” Before HB 2 was signed, Democrats attempted to delay the vote through impassioned debates.
- Then-Gov. Rick Perry declares July 18, 2013, a “happy, celebratory day,” as he signs HB 2 into law. See pictures here.
- Just how many abortion clinics closed in wake of the new law? Take a look at the numbers here.
- After the Supreme Court stepped in two different times during appeals, those on either side of the issue anxiously awaited the court’s ruling.
- Protests representing both sides occurred throughout the hearings.
- In today’s landmark decision, the Supreme Court voted 5-3 to throw out Texas’ abortion restrictions, saying they provide “few health benefits for women.”
- Wendy Davis tells the American-Statesman she cried tears of “relief, happiness, and gratitude” when she heard of the ruling.
Check out our timeline for a full history of the legal status of the Texas abortion law known.