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Wendy Davis, the Defense of Marriage Act, and the Politics of Complacency

Representative democratic magic happened in the Texas Statehouse at a quarter to midnight last Tuesday. After two hours of state senators bickering over points of procedure and eleven hours of intrepid State Senator Wendy Davis articulately and passionately eviscerating SB5– a bill that would make abortion almost completely inaccessible to women in rural parts of the state– without sitting, leaning, eating, or using the restroom, Davis’s colleague, Senator Leticia Van De Putte issued a call to arms. Senator Van De Putte, who had left her father’s funeral in order to attend the hearing, demanded, “At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?” Continue reading

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