Some of the best quotes in this whirlwind week come from the Lone Star State.
If you’ve been living under a rock this week, let’s get you up to speed. Texas tried to pass bill SB5, which would have banned abortion after 20 weeks and forced a shutdown of nearly all abortion clinics in the state. But state senator and meme-of-the-moment Wendy Davis, donning pink running shoes, filibustered the bill for more than 11 hours—and wasn’t allowed to eat, speak off-topic, or even use the bathroom. As the clock neared midnight, cheering crowds successfully stopped a vote from making the deadline. Afterward, she made the quote above to reporters at about 3:20 a.m.
Not to rain on everyone’s parade, but that’s from Texas Gov. Rick Perry. In spite of Wendy Davis’s vote-blocking filibuster, Perry fully intends to hold a special session of the Texas Legislature on July 1 to try again to pass his precious abortion bill SB5. And it’s predicated to be a successful attempt. Perry also said Davis’s filibuster was a “hijacking of the Democratic process” and said she “was the daughter of a single woman, she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas Senate.” Ready for Round 2, Wendy?