The Texas House passed new abortion restrictions on Tuesday in a special legislative session, weeks after the bill failed after an “unruly” mob prevented proper democratic procedure.
The bill, SB5, would ban abortions after 20 weeks of gestation and require all abortion clinics to meet surgical hospital standards.
Next up is the Texas Senate’s vote, which could come as early as Friday. Wendy Davis’s office has said she will not filibuster the bill again.
“You can’t have a 30-day filibuster,” said Davis spokesman Rick Svatora. “The point is [Republicans] mismanaged things so badly the first time around it allowed a filibuster to occur. The Lt. Gov. [David Dewhurst] has pledged he won’t allow that to happen this time around.”
Increased security helped keep order, too:
The Texas Department of Public Safety has more than doubled the number of troopers at the Capitol due to the rallies and marathon hearings, said Sen. Kevin Eltife, a Tyler Republican who oversees the Senate Administration Committee. He declined to reveal the exact number of troopers or how much the boost in security cost.
Also different this time around was the absence of thousands of radical pro-abortion protestors in the capitol building. That did not stop them from demonstrating outside though, where they faced a new challenge – pro-life supporters who showed up by the thousands.
The tide also turned on social media, which was dominated by the pro-abortion side during the first session. Hashtags like #standwithwomen and #standwithwendy, which choked Twitter, were neutralized by viral pro-life hashtags #stand4life and #theyfeelpain. Ironically, many conservatives used the #standwithwomen hashtag against the pro-abortion side, claiming it as their own.
Even though there was no unruly mob, there were still plenty of vile insults from the pro-abortion side, which included death threats against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, chants of “f— the church,” and little girls holding vulgar signs.
Konni Burton, who will be challenging Wendy Davis in Texas’s District 10 in 2014, helped revive the pro-life social media along with Texas Right to Life, National Right to Life, Sen. Ted Cruz, and many others.
Burton certainly has a chance. District 10 is very tight. Davis won in 2008 with less than 50 percent of the vote, narrowly defeating Republican Kim Brimer. In 2012, she defeated Republican Mark Shelton in another close race, winning by less than 7,000 votes.