After Texas Senate Bill 5—a highly opposed and brutally restrictive abortion bill—finally passed in July, Governor Rick Perry spoke about the protestors: "The louder they scream, the more we know that we are getting something done." Oh, you got something done alright, sir. You set the stage for the best thing to come out of Texas since Ann Richards and Birthday Cake Blue Bell Ice Cream: you gave us Wendy Davis and the world needs Wendy Davis.
When Texas State Senator Davis began her June 25 filibuster against SB 5, most in the country had never heard of this strong woman in bright running shoes. There she stood, wearing a lovely suit and a back brace, speaking for over 11 hours on the ramifications of the proposed bill. Many of us crowded around our televisions that warm summer afternoon and evening, listening in awe as she read heartbreaking tales of women in need from the senate floor.