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Filibusterer Wendy Davis in DC

The Texas State Senator who filibustered her way onto the national stage a month ago made a stop in Washington, DC at the National Press Club.

VOR’s Jamila Bey was there, and took the time to talk with two of Davis’s colleagues who assisted her during the 13 hour effort to block Governor Rick Perry’s restrictive abortion law: Texas Senator Leticia Van de Putte, famous for inquiring “At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?”, and Texas Senator Rodney Ellis, who helped Davis into her back brace during her effort.

They spoke about their hopes for the future of Texas politics.


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Texas state rep. introduces new bill to combat freshly signed abortion law

Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed into law on Thursday a controversial bill that will ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and impose new restrictions on abortion clinics in the Lone Star State.

The bill drew hundreds and even thousands to the Texas state capital in recent weeks as opponents tried to stop the state’s conservatives from passing a measure that protesters said would harm the state’s women.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Texas State Rep. Harold Dutton, author of HB 45, which stipulates that the abortion law would not go into effect until 60 days after Texas stops executing people, to discuss the law and his new bill.


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