TX lawmaker attempts to talk colleagues out of abortion restrictions

By Craig Thomas

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - If you remember the classic movie "Mr. Smith goes to Washington," it's like that, only real. And instead of Jimmy Stewart, you are looking at Democratic Senator Wendy Davis. Her goal: to talk until midnight, because that is when a special session ends.

She started at 11:18 central time this morning.

The filibuster rules stipulate she must remain standing; she can't lean on her desk or take any breaks. She can't even go to the bathroom.

If she makes it to midnight, then the law the Republicans in Texas just passed will not go into effect.   

This all over a bill that would add new regulations to Texas abortion clinics, effectively closing all but a few of them in the state.

It would also ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

We'll continue to keep an eye on this story and bring you the latest as Senator Davis keeps on talking.

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