Wendy Davis Didn’t Stand For 12 Hours In Vain: Federal Judge Declares Texas Abortion Restrictions Unconstitutional

shutterstock_141168121__1382989852_142.196.156.251I stand with Wendy, you stand with Wendy, and a federal judge is standing with Wendy, too. The most awesome filibuster of all time was not executed in vain. A federal judge declared today new abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature are unconstitutional and will not take effect tomorrow as scheduled.

From The Washington Post:

District Judge Lee Yeakel wrote Monday that the regulations violated the rights of abortion doctors to do what they think is best for their patients and would unreasonably restrict a woman’s access to abortion clinics.

Lawyers for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers brought the lawsuit, arguing that a requirement that doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic would force the closure of a third of the clinics in Texas. They also complained that requiring doctors to follow the Food and Drug Administration’s original label for an abortion-inducing drug would deny women the benefit of recent advances in medical science.

The proposed restrictions were put in the spotlight when Democratic Senator Wendy Davis stood on her feet for almost 13 hours – executing the most awesome filibuster of all time. The law was to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and would require doctors to perform all abortions in surgical facilities. This would have shuttered clinics in the most underserved sections of the state.

Governor Rick Perry called a second special legislative session so all of his Republican friends could pass the bogus law. You can’t keep a good woman down, Rick – didn’t anyone ever tell you that? Davis is now running for governor. This is probably the only time in my life I have ever wished I lived in Texas. I would love to cast that ballot.

Yeakel’s order is a final decision, setting the groundwork for the 5th Circuit to review the merits of the law, not just an injunction against it.


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  • http://wtfihaveakid.blogspot.ca/ jendra_berri

    Wendy! Wendy! Wendy!

  • keelhaulrose

    I heard she’s running for Governor? If so, I almost want to move to Texas to vote for her.

  • EX

    This restores a little of my faith in our system. A little. For now. But yay Wendy!

  • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

    Hell yeah

  • Mystik Spiral

    “Davis is now running for governor. This is probably the only time in my life I have ever wished I lived in Texas. I would love to cast that ballot.”


    • almabelt1988

      what Richard implied I’m stunned that any body able to make
      $5474 in a few weeks on the computer. have you seen this web site bay35.com

    • Justme

      I do and I will.

  • Angela

    I’m so relieved that it was overturned and yet feel a bit disgusted by the thought that all of the money Planned Parenthood expended on legal fees could have been used to provide services to the community had that moronic law never passed in the first place. And I totally wish I lived in TX right now to support Wendy for governor.

  • CMJ
  • Cee

    Taco party at my house!

    • Tinyfaeri

      Get thee on the invite list!

    • Cee

      I was! I waas! *cry* One year he asked for my number and he texted me the info for this party and then I realized it coincided with my trip to the East Coast to meet my in laws uugh and I was never invited again! *sob* I MUST get an invite again! Tacos are magically awesome ,but, like I said, I feel something else goes on and then tacos.

    • Tinyfaeri

      Yep, you don’t get your neighbors hotel rooms over ground beef… ;-)

    • fabher

      Tacos could be code for drugs? Sex?? All sorts of fun and exotic shenanigans.

  • gummykandi

    Down with Governor Good Hair!!! I do live in Texas. I will vote for Wendy!

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