Sen. Wendy Davis gained the national media spotlight with her 11-hour filibuster Tuesday to block implementation of SB-5, the omnibus abortion bill. Here are some photos from that day.
For her filibuster, Sen. Wendy Davis donned pink Mizuno sneakers, which have since won glowing reviews on Amazon for their supporting role in the filibuster. “An essential tool for running down the clock in a state 773 miles wide and 790 miles long! These shoes are perfect for those days when you must spend 13+ hours standing, not lean on your desk or take any breaks – even for meals or to use the bathroom,” one review said. (AP Photo | Eric Gay)
Davis stretches five hours into her filibuster Tuesday. (Photo by Bob Daemmrich)
Sen. Rodney Ellis helps Davis put on a back support belt. The action prompted a point of order, which was supported in 17-11 vote. (AP Photo | Austin American-Statesman/Alberto Martínez)
Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, left, holds onto his rulebook as after raising a point of order during Davis’s filibuster Tuesday.
Opponents to SB-5 sit in the senate chamber watching Davis’s filibuster while holding up plastic coat hangers. (AP Photo | Eric Gay)
State Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, gestures while speaking with other senators during the debate over SB-5. Duncan took Lt. Gov. Dewhurst’s place in the chair as the clock inched towards midnight. (Photo by Bob Daemmrich)
Rep. Borris Miles, D-Houston, cheers with other democrats as the Texas Senate tries to bring an abortion bill to a vote as time expires. Amid the deafening roar of abortion rights supporters, Texas Republicans huddled around the Senate podium to pass new abortion restrictions, but failed to take a vote before midnight, the end of the special session. (AP Photo | Eric Gay)
As the clock winds down and protestors cheer, Democratic Senators, from left, Rodney Ellis, Kirk Watson, Wendy Davis, Judith Zaffirini, and Sylvia Garcia raise their hands. (Photo by Bob Daemmrich)
Sen. Kirk Watson, chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus, speaks to supporters gathered in the rotunda after midnight.