Texas abortion bill fails amid chaos
July 1st, 2013
03:05 PM ET
1 year ago

Legislature reconvenes for Round 2 of Texas abortion battle

(CNN) - Less than a week after a one-woman filibuster and a raucous crowd stymied new abortion legislation that would have been among the most restrictive in the nation, Texas lawmakers returned for a second special session to reconsider the bill.

The Legislature reconvened on Monday, but not before thousands of opponents rallied at the Texas Capitol.

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Filed under: Abortion • Texas
Perry blames abortion rights activists for 'absolute anarchy'
July 1st, 2013
12:13 PM ET
1 year ago

Perry blames abortion rights activists for 'absolute anarchy'

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he expects the state legislature to finish their work as early as next week in a special session held in part to vote on restrictive abortion legislation.

But the Republican governor cautioned that there won't be the same "turmoil" and "mob rule" from protesters in the public gallery as there was last week.
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Filed under: Abortion • Rick Perry • Texas
Ohio joins Texas in middle of abortion spotlight
July 1st, 2013
09:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Ohio joins Texas in middle of abortion spotlight

(CNN) – Ohio is joining Texas as one of the latest battlegrounds in the divisive fight over abortion.

Ohio's Republican governor, John Kasich, signed into law Sunday night the state's budget, which includes some controversial abortion provisions.
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Filed under: Abortion • John Kasich • Ohio • Texas
June 28th, 2013
07:15 PM ET
1 year ago

Wendy Davis: Perry has ‘demeaned’ the office he holds

(CNN) - Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who rose to national fame this week after her 13-hour filibuster in the state legislature, said she was not angry with the deeply personal criticism leveled against her by Republican Gov. Rick Perry, but said his comments were “symptomatic” of his perspective on women’s issues.

“I didn’t have an angry response to it on behalf of myself,” she said Friday on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” “I think it just demonstrated the typical attitude that Governor Perry has expressed toward the issue. He’s demeaned the high office that he holds by saying things like that.”
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Filed under: Abortion • Rick Perry • Texas • The Situation Room
Texas abortion bill fails amid chaos
June 28th, 2013
10:33 AM ET
1 year ago

Davis shrugs off Perry's scolding

(CNN) - The deeply personal criticism that Texas Gov. Rick Perry leveled at state Sen. Wendy Davis Thursday diminished the position he holds, she said in an interview Friday.

Speaking at a national "Right to Life" conference in Dallas, Perry took aim at Davis' own background, claiming she had learned the wrong lessons from being born to a single mother and having her first daughter as a teenager.
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Filed under: Abortion • Rick Perry • Wendy Davis
June 27th, 2013
12:28 PM ET
1 year ago

Texas senator hijacked Democratic process, says Perry

(CNN) – The Texas state senator who filibustered a measure placing strict new curbs on abortion was operating outside the normal procedures for passing legislation, the state's Republican Gov. Rick Perry asserted Thursday.

Perry also claimed Democrat Wendy Davis was ignoring her own past as the daughter of a single mother in her bid to prevent abortion rights from being restricted in the Lone Star State.
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Filed under: Abortion • Rick Perry • Texas
June 26th, 2013
09:31 AM ET
1 year ago

Wendy Davis: From teen mom to Harvard Law to famous filibuster

(CNN) - The Texas state senator whose filibuster of an abortion bill became a national phenomenon has a long history of persisting against tough odds.

Wendy Davis - the 50-year-old Democrat who stood and spoke for 13 hours Tuesday at the Texas Capitol - went from being a teen mom to a Harvard Law School grad.

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Filed under: Abortion • Texas
June 26th, 2013
07:07 AM ET
1 year ago

Texas abortion bill dies as confusion marks end of session

(CNN) - The Texas legislature's special session ended in chaos and confusion early Wednesday, when a marathon filibuster failed - but so did a Republican effort to pass a bill that would have greatly restricted abortions in the state.

The Republican-dominated Senate needed to vote 'aye' on the bill by midnight to send it to the governor to sign into law.

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Filed under: Abortion • Texas
Texas abortion bill dies as confusion marks end of session
June 26th, 2013
04:33 AM ET
1 year ago

Texas abortion bill dies as confusion marks end of session

(CNN) - The Texas legislature's special session ended in chaos and confusion early Wednesday, with Republicans unable to pass before a midnight deadline a bill that would have greatly restricted abortions in the state.

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst stepped to the Senate floor around 3 a.m. to declare the bill dead and the special session over.

And thus ended a night of intense drama that both sides of the abortion debate followed breathlessly, in large part to cheer - or jeer - the efforts of a lone lawmaker who talked for 10 straight hours to run out the clock.

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Filed under: Abortion • Texas
June 25th, 2013
09:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Did Texas abortion bill pass? Confusion marks end of session

(CNN) - The Texas legislature's special session ended in chaos and confusion early Wednesday, with uncertainty lingering over whether lawmakers had voted on a bill that would have greatly restricted abortions in the state.

Well after a midnight deadline, it wasn't clear if the legislation had been voted on and whether it had passed. Senators could be seen talking on the Senate floor.

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis tried Tuesday to block the abortion bill by attempting a 13-hour filibuster, but appeared to fall short after 10 hours when the chairman ruled she had gone off topic.

Updated 2:15am

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Filed under: Abortion • Texas
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