People Ask ‘Who Is Wendy Davis?’ After Filibuster Victory
Texas Senator Wendy Davis grabbed national media attention this week when she launched a successful 13-hour filibuster to prevent a vote on the Senate Bill 5 (or SB5) abortion bill. People across the US then asked, “Who is Wendy Davis?”
According to Davis’ official website, the 50-year-old Texas Democrat graduated from Harvard Law, was a practicing attorney in Fort Worth and was a Fort Worth City Council member for nine years.
She was elected to the Texas Senate in 2008, where she contributed to the passage of myriad legislation.
She authored and collaborated to pass a law that will bring justice to rape victims and jail sexual assault predators before they commit another crime by addressing Texas’ backlog of tens of thousands of DNA samples collected from sexual assaults. She filed “Texas Jobs First” legislation to give preference to Texans in the award of state contracts, protected the Veterans’ Assistance Fund from being used to fill budget gaps, and fought against the severe cuts to women’s health care.
Davis, a single mother herself, tweeted a thank you to those who supported her filibuster.
Thanks to the powerful voices of thousands of Texans, #SB5 is dead. An incredible victory for Texas women and those who love them.
— Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) June 26, 2013
If passed, SB5 would have prevented women in Texas from having an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and, according to some, effectively ban abortion in the state outright.