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Texas abortion bill fails amid chaos

  • Texas State Senator Wendy Davis filibustered for 10 hours
  • Bill never came to a vote during special session
Texas abortion bill fails amid chaos

A bill that would have banned most abortions in Texas failed to pass Tuesday, after an all-night battle ended in chaos.

It had the votes to pass, but the vote did not happen before a midnight deadline -- and at 3 a.m. the bill was declared dead.

Democratic state Senator Wendy Davis stood in her pink tennis shoes for 10 hours trying to filibuster the bill that would have banned most abortions after 20 weeks and tightened standards at clinics providing them.

The marathon filibuster went viral, with people watching across the country. The hashtag #StandWithWendy was a top trend on twitter almost all night. Even President Obama got into the act:

More than 100,000 people watched a live feed from the floor of the Texas Senate online, which filled with cheers from Davis supporters in the packed late-night galleries and Capitol lobby as the midnight deadline to vote on the bill came and went.

"There were attempts to shove every rule aside in order to try to cram this vote through, and the voices of the people who were in the Capitol gallery tonight could not be silenced, and it simply didn't allow the vote to be taken in time," Davis said in the early Wednesday morning hours.

Governor Rick Perry had promised to sign the bill if it passed, saying it protects unborn children.

Opponents like Davis argue it takes away women's freedoms.

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