The adage "Don't Mess with Texas" rises to a whole different scale when Texans start messing with each other. In anticipation of this afternoon's second special legislative session meant to enact new restrictions on the availability of abortion in the state, protestors have turned out at the state capitol in Austin in a demonstration of solidarity with Wendy Davis, whose filibuster on the issue last week turned her into an instant political star. Thousands of people dressed in orange appeared on the grounds of the Capitol, hoping to send a message to the legislators inside. The keynote speaker: Davis herself.
The rally's goal is an unlikely repeat of last week's unlikely block of Senate Bill 5. That measure that would have blocked abortions after 20 weeks and required upgrades to facilities that would have close many of them, at least temporarily, as reported by the Houston Chronicle. The measure has been reborn as House Bill 2 and Senate Bill 9 in the new special session. Both largely mirror the previous proposal.
"I believe in Texas more than ever," Davis told the cheering crowd during her speech. "I don't regret for one minute" her decisions to have a child as a teenager, she said, or the path that led her to the State House. "Let's remind Governor Perry that fairness is and always will be a fundamental Texas value," she said. "It shouldn't be unusual for a Texas elected official to stand and fight to for the people that elected them. It should be a job requirement." What was needed in Austin, she argued, were "people who want to build a better Texas, instead of a better political résumé."