Texas is all geared to pass its 20-week abortion ban today — the same bill that state Sen. Wendy Davis successfully filibustered by standing and speaking for just under 13 hours last month. This time there's nothing she can do to stop it. The state's Senate leader, Lt. Gov. David Dewherst, has scheduled a vote on Friday, and the Republican majority is sure to pass the measure, which would not only enact a 20-week ban on abortion that opposes the precedent set in Roe v. Wade, but also would, under a mandate that abortion clinics have the same standards as surgical centers, shutter 37 of the state's 42 clinics. According to Reuters, if it doesn't pass today, lawmakers would vote on Saturday morning. The move would severely restrict access to abortions for all Texas women.
"We're going to have strict enforcement. If there are any demonstrations, we are going to clear the gallery," Dewhurst told reporters on Thursday, adding that there was going to be more of a police presence on Friday to deter protesters from acting unruly even though a filibuster would not be humanly possible — lawmakers would have talk and suppress their biological functions until the end of the month."This is a democracy and we will not be interrupted from doing the people's work by an unruly mob," he said.