Rick Perry has called another special session to pass the dangerous anti-choice bill that failed in the Texas Senate late Tuesday night. Thousands of protesters at the Capitol over the past week were able to shut the bill down in an overwhelming display of opposition, but they are now in for another fight as Perry remains determined to pass the bill.
The special session will begin next Monday, July 1st and last for 30 days.
“I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas,” Perry said in a press release. “Through their duly elected representatives, the citizens of our state have made crystal clear their priorities for our great state. Texans value life and want to protect women and the unborn. Texans want a transportation system that keeps them moving. Texans want a court system that is fair and just. We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do.”
State Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) filibustered for 12 hours against SB 5, which would shut down all but five abortion clinics in Texas and ban abortion after 20 weeks. This legislation would force Texas women into back-alley abortions and deny them the crucial childcare services that family planning facilities provide. Davis' filibuster captivated the nation's attention on Tuesday night, garnering hundreds of thousands of viewers watching the livestream and an outpouring of support from millions of Americans.
Read Senator Wendy Davis's statement on the second special session below the jump. The special session will address the following three issues:
Legislation relating to the regulation of abortion procedures, providers and facilities.
Legislation relating to the funding of transportation infrastructure projects.
Legislation relating to establishing a mandatory sentence of life with parole for a capital felony committed by a 17-year-old offender.
UPDATED 6:28 p.m. Sen. Wendy Davis has sent out a strong statement pledging to fight on:
Statement by Sen. Wendy Davis on Announcement of Second Special Session
Misplaced priorities of legislative leaders squandered a tremendous opportunity to make much needed improvements in our transportation infrastructure and help create good jobs and bring businesses to Texas. Despite urging by responsible members of the Senate to bring up the matter of transportation, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst derailed as much as much as $1 billion per year in transportation funding by stubbornly pushing divisive, failed legislation attacking women's health care options.
If leaders are serious about using this second called special session to improve the lives of Texans by repairing and expanding our transportation networks, they will find no greater ally than me. If they intend to keep pushing their extreme personal political agenda ahead of the interests of Texas families, I will not back off of my duty to fight on their behalf.