Anyone watching Texas senator Wendy Davis filibuster the anti-abortion bill?

(421 Posts)
MmeLindor Tue 25-Jun-13 21:08:33

You can watch here

She has to talk till midnight, so that is 13hours. Without a break, without sitting down.

SconeRhymesWithGone Tue 25-Jun-13 22:21:34

See, this is why I joined Mumsnet. Here I am in Florida, at the end of my work day, plugged into all sorts of US news outlets, but find out about this from the other side of the pond. And I really appreciate the support for those of us here in the US who are fighting back in the war on women that has really escalated in this country in the last several years. Go Wendy and go Mumsnet!

5madthings Tue 25-Jun-13 22:22:13

Actually the guy I am watching may be from earlier...not sure if I a, watching a live link...

MardyBra Tue 25-Jun-13 22:22:22

Wow. Go Wendy.

hope you have a she-wee stashed away somewhere or at least better bladder control than me

MalenkyRusskyDrakonchik Tue 25-Jun-13 22:24:29

Aw, what a lovely post scone. Go Wendy, and go MmeLindor for starting this thread.

gallicgirl Tue 25-Jun-13 22:25:07

It's Mrs Smith goes to Washington grin

MmeLindor Tue 25-Jun-13 22:26:09

Here are the rules

Filibusters are governed by the Senate rules and by precedents interpreting the rules.
Rule 3.02 prohibits eating or drinking in the Senate chamber.

Rule 4.01 requires a member of the Senate to stand at his or her desk to address the Senate. The member speaking may not sit, lean, or use a desk or chair in any way. Bathroom breaks are not allowed.

Rule 4.03, which governs the interruption of a member who is speaking, allows other senators to raise objections if a speaker does not confine his or her remarks to the issue under consideration or if his or her voice is inaudible.

ThirdTimesABrokenFanjo Tue 25-Jun-13 22:27:30

She needs things to talk about (just seen this in the comments) send your stories to give her something to keep speaking on
https://services.myngp.com/ngponlineservices/petition.aspx?X=mfnxb8Ng0l8%3D

5madthings Tue 25-Jun-13 22:29:39

I was just talking g to dp about this, I had never rhear dof a filibuster bit he studied politics a tuni and knew what it was.

Its really interesting actually.

She so doing an amazing thing for the women of Texas.

SconeRhymesWithGone Tue 25-Jun-13 22:29:47

Thanks, MRD and yes, thanks to MmeLindor.

MmeLindor Tue 25-Jun-13 22:31:49

That is lovely, Scone. (and yes, of course it rhymes with gone!)

Am glad there is a lot of support for Wendy. My twitter and FB timelines are buzzing.

LineRunner Tue 25-Jun-13 22:35:10

Third that needs a valid zip code to submit.

edam Tue 25-Jun-13 22:36:18

Wow, she's amazing. Go Wendy!

5madthings Tue 25-Jun-13 22:37:12

I have shared on fb, the personal stories she is reading out are heartbreaking, is anyone else close to tears? blush

Err can people Google zip codes...or would that not work?

MmeLindor Tue 25-Jun-13 22:38:14

Yep, use a google ZIP code. I have done that before when I have used US websites.

Not sure if she needs more to read, but worth a shot

SconeRhymesWithGone Tue 25-Jun-13 22:38:29
MalenkyRusskyDrakonchik Tue 25-Jun-13 22:38:33

Ooh, I didn't think of that.

therumoursaretrue Tue 25-Jun-13 22:39:01

Amazing! What a woman!

Suspect we may be in the same place MrsL it's a sad state of affairs hmm

5madthings Tue 25-Jun-13 22:40:35

So that would work, yay I just wasn't sure if it would be 'OK' don't want to encourage people to do something illegal, tho even if it wass I think this is a good enough cause for breaking the law.

goodbyeyellowbrickroad Tue 25-Jun-13 22:43:01

77005 is a valid Texas zipcode. Am watching the news in Houston and this has been reported ever so briefly.

So glad to see s

MalenkyRusskyDrakonchik Tue 25-Jun-13 22:43:03

It seems to work. I googled a place I've stayed in the US - if you used a hotel, no-one could possibly know you weren't there unless they checked hotel records, and you wouldn't be getting anyone into trouble by using 'their' address.

CaptainJamesTKirk Tue 25-Jun-13 22:46:05

Someone please explain because I can't seem to find out... What is this anti-abortion bill? Anti-abortion full stop or anti-abortion after a certain time limit? If so what time limit? Thanks.

MrsGeologist Tue 25-Jun-13 22:46:11

I hope she manages it. It's good to see someone fighting the good fight, although it's fucking shite that she even has to do it in the first place.

goodbyeyellowbrickroad Tue 25-Jun-13 22:47:14

Oops - posted too soon!

So glad to see Wendy doing her thing. Hope she manages to stick it out. Implications of this are massive for the women of Texas.

CaptainJamesTKirk Tue 25-Jun-13 22:47:49

Okay no probs, ignore me I've found it now.

edam Tue 25-Jun-13 22:48:14

Who is the guy standing next to her now?

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