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"People's filibuster" stops Texas abortion measure

3 years 10 months 3 weeks ago June 26, 2013 Jun 26, 2013 Wednesday, June 26 2013 June 26, 2013 9:25 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas - It's being called the "people's filibuster" at the Texas State Capitol.

Demonstrators against tough restrictions on abortions in the state shouted at deafening levels in the Senate chamber late last night, preventing lawmakers from voting on those restrictions before the midnight deadline.

They created a ruckus after Republicans suspended an 11-hour filibuster by Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth. Republicans did vote to pass the bill, but they didn't quite make the end-of-session cut-off.

Immediately following the vote, Republicans insisted they had started voting before the midnight deadline and passed the bill that Democrats spent much of Tuesday filibustering. But after official computer records and printouts of the voting record showed the vote took place Wednesday, and then were changed to read Tuesday, the senators convened for a private meeting.

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