tv The Turning Point Shouting Down Midnight MSNBC October 29, 2022 7:00pm-9:00pm PDT
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[wendy davis] you know abwhat i do have... i have a memorabilia book of the filibuster. and i think it might be one of those up there. i just treasure it, and of course i'll be able to pass it down to my granddaughters so they can understand what their bubbe did, and how their bubbe was fighting for them. we put together all of the legal background; the griswold decision,
roe v wade, supreme court decisions that of course reinforced the fact that women do have the right to choose until a pregnancy is viable. and we prepared to begin that day with all of that data. but here we are still without access to safe abortion care in this country. [tense music] [audience cheering] [audience cheering] [tense, suspenseful music] [audience cheering] - hello, everyone!
[audience cheering] i'm so happy to be here in community with you today. boy, did i need you, and i know we needed each other, right? - yes. [audience cheering] - on september 1st, when senate bill 8 went into effect, this fighter who is standing in front of you, i was at an all-time low. i felt demoralized, defeated, and i know you were probably feeling that way too. i mean, the women who marched in the 60s and the 70s, leading to the recognition of the constitutional right to abortion care, they probably thought they'd solve that problem for the next generations. [tense music] - women's liberation now.
- i'm tired of having half the world tell the other half what they should do with their own body. - sisterhood is powerful. join us now! - we stand on the shoulders of those who spent their entire lives getting us to this point. - roe v. wade was really a case that started here in austin. - the decision as to whether or not a particular woman will continue to carry or will terminate a pregnancy is a decision that should be made by that individual. - we are the state that brought this country roe v. wade and we will not be the state that bans abortion. [audience cheering] we have work to do, though. - opponents wasted no time trying to overturn the law. - no, no, roe v. wade has got to go. - we have been going backwards in texas. women are losing their rights instead of gaining them. - we say fight back. [audience cheering] - these laws are simply about stopping women from accessing
their constitutionally protected right to abortion. - whose body, whose choice? - my body, my choice. - whose body, whose choice? - we've seen countless attacks on abortion access and reproductive justice in our communities. - in this state where things have been awfully hard for an awfully long time, it's pretty understandable that sometimes we've succumbed to the idea that our voices just don't matter, but we have shown that we have the courage to rise up against what we know to be wrong. on june 25th, 2013, to be exact, you all did something remarkable. and for at least a moment, you understood your own power. [audience cheering] [audience cheering]
the power of that day, it's had this ripple effect. - watching wendy and the whole filibuster take place, i felt like this connection with her. i think about that memory a lot and how fearless she was. - i will not yield the floor. i do not give up the floor. - in thinking about that day, this was my first time ever at the capitol. and it was just like a moment of fate, i think. i was just like really activated at that moment. - we are coming back. - the filibuster was really the motivating push that i needed to stand up and say, "we're tired of the attacks, we're tired of you getting involved in our private business." [audience cheering]
[soft dramatic music] - when i was elected to the senate, rick perry was the governor, and david dewhurst was lieutenant governor. - and again, my goal is to make abortion at any stage a thing of the past. [audience cheering] - in texas, we're fighting tooth and nail to protect the unborn. - amen. - republican politicians began to get more and more extreme right, and extreme evangelical and carry those agendas as part of their elections. - matthew 18:6 says, "woe be it to those who would harm the little children. better it be they have a millstone around their neck
and dropped in the depth of the sea." - amen. - abortion became a way of coalescing support around the republican party. - after roe v. wade, you kept fighting to restore the sanctity of life, one life at a time, and yes, one law at a time. [audience cheering] - and thus began a slow and steady march, intruding upon that right in texas. - we passed the woman's right to know act, requiring doctors to give vital medical information to a woman seeking an abortion before she makes that unalterable decision. [audience cheering] - we passed laws requiring both parental notification and parental consent, to a parent's daughter's abortion. - we also unfunded planned parenthood, by over $60 million. [audience cheering]
- in 2011, we passed, and i'm proud to say that i signed, a law that prohibits abortion without the mother first having a sonogram. the ideal world is one without abortion, and until then, we will continue to pass laws to ensure abortions are as rare as possible under existing law. [audience cheering] - in 2013, the worst that we had seen at that point came, and that was the bill that sought to close almost every abortion clinic in our state. - now the senate vote on this is expected tomorrow, unless democrats delay past the midnight deadline. - my democratic colleagues and i were unified in our desire to filibuster this bill. in the u.s. senate, a filibuster is a way of not allowing a bill
to come up for debate. in texas, a filibuster offers us an opportunity for an extended debate to raise awareness and to help people understand that a law is being debated that may very well have a detrimental impact on their lives. and this anti-abortion bill would've been a catastrophe. and then there's the physical feat of performing a filibuster in texas. you cannot have a sip of water, you cannot lean on your desk, you cannot leave the floor to go to the bathroom and you must stay on topic the entire time. i had this little voice inside that felt very committed to being the person who would conduct this filibuster,
and ultimately, the caucus made a decision collectively that i would be the person to carry that torch. [dramatic music] - we will not stand idly by. [audience cheering] - so, the morning of the filibuster, i got to the capitol 9:00 am. folks are lining up to get in the gallery. - when'd you get here? 9 or 8:30? - yeah, before you get in the gallery? - i remember, i just saw this flood on my feed of like, they're taking over the capitol, like everything was orange. and i was like, oh my god, i gotta get down there now. [soft dramatic music] - you know, people are coming from all over to be part of this moment that we like know is coming. like we know midnight is gonna be it.
we just gotta make it till midnight. [clock ticking] [audience cheering] - i knew i had to prepare for the fact that i wouldn't be able to take a bathroom break. so that morning, i got up pretty early and a woman gynecologist inserted a catheter, and i found myself with the challenge of several feet of tubing that i had to figure out how to wrap around my leg. quite a moment of anxiousness, as you can imagine, right before the filibuster began. - senator davis, is it still your intention to filibuster? - yes. mr. president, i-- - you're recognized. - and i intend to speak for an extended period of time on the bill.
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[dramatic music] [clock ticking] - today, i'm going to talk about the path these leaders have chosen under this bill and the dark place that the bill will take us. - this bill was a four-pronged anti-abortion access bill. it bans abortion after 20 weeks, it restricts the prescription of medication abortions, it requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges at local hospitals, and it requires that abortion facilities meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers. it's a really intense set of regulations.
- do you not see that this bill will provide the safest care for a woman who decides to have an abortion? - though it was being argued that this bill would make women safer. in fact, it was designed specifically to remove a woman's access to her constitutionally protected right to abortion services. every member on this floor knows that the provisions of the ambulatory surgical center standards will immediately place 37 of the 42 abortion clinics in texas out of compliance. - the law requires that abortion facilities operate as ambulatory surgical centers, which means, you know, your typical abortion provider looks like your doctor's office. it's a clinic, it's small, there are little exam rooms. an ambulatory surgical center, however, feels like a hospital, right?
it's got these really wide hallways, these huge operating theaters, and you've gotta have like a pharmacy on site. so it's a huge hurdle, it's just a tremendous hurdle. - we, i will not concede that any of these clinics have to close. i'm just, you know, they make a lot of money with these abortions. i wanted to clarify that, or at least get your comments on that part. - i do not doubt for a moment that there are some of those clinics who simply aren't going to have the financial capacities to become an ambulatory surgical center. but what i fear most is that in the areas of our state that are most impoverished, that those will be the most likely areas that will not have the resources, and where women who, again, layered upon the sonogram from last session, who now have to have a sonogram,
a 24-hour waiting period, return, make sure the same doctor who did the sonogram is the person who performs her abortion, and if, for some reason that doctor can't be there the next day, she's gotta start the whole process over again. and it's so easy for us to disregard as we stand here in our nice clothing, in our relatively comfortable lives, it's so easy for us to say, why is that a big deal? but senator deuell, it's a big deal. it is a big deal, and i have been there. that has been my life. i have been to the point when i literally could not put gasoline in my car to go anywhere but from work and back, because i could not afford an extra gallon of gas. [gentle music] i had a conversation with myself, should i tell my story? and i really struggled with it, but i feared that if i did, i was going to make
the day about me and it needed to be about all women, every woman in the state that was going to be impacted. and these are the women who are impacted by these kinds of decisions, and shouldn't we be able to say to them that there is a reason for it, that there is absolute health reasons for it, and if there isn't, shouldn't we all agree that making sure that they have access is the best thing that we can do for their healthcare in the state of texas? - senator davis, the medical literature-- - i mean, ultimately the populations that are the most affected are these rural, lower income populations, particularly places like the rio grande valley. - there's the border wall. you know, living in south texas, most of the gap is rural, and then you get down to the urban area, which is the valley, like we are low-income.
we are brown and we're disproportionately impacted by these anti-choice laws. this used to be the planned parenthood, and so when the funding was cut, they turned the planned parenthood into an adult daycare center. so it was literally right here down the street from where i grew up. if you are someone from brownsville, like my hometown who needed abortion care, you would have to drive about an hour, an hour and a half to get to the clinic. and that's if you have access to transportation. like if i wanted to get an abortion and i was an undocumented woman, i wouldn't have a place to go. or even me right now, as a young person, if i needed an abortion, i wouldn't be able to afford it. - so, i made a big orange sign and it said, "god is pro-choice," because you know, the democrats that we have here in the valley don't really vouch for us as much as i think that they should because of, you know, catholicism.
- you said partisanship, which i don't fall under. - no, you do not. - 'cause i'm a democratic, pro-life legislator. you know that i do have an inner strength that supports this bill, and that strength is in the name of my faith as a roman catholic. - anti-choice people, you know, they say that they're being backed up by religion, but at the end of the day, you know, all they do is like damage people and hurt them and you know, make them feel less than, and, you know, shaming them for their decision. - and i urge everyone to go home and write their mamas a letter and thank them for being pro-life, or else they wouldn't be here today. - a lot of what i connected with wendy davis was that she has also gone through a lot of the stuff i, or people that i know have gone through. she was a young mother, she went to a community college and seeing somebody who used to go to a community college fighting for reproductive rights as a politician was something that was just like, so mind blowing to me and, you know, fighting alongside leticia van de putte,
a woman of color who's also mexican. - i know there's a few of my colleagues, and they say, because they are such strong christians, that they are against abortion, and somehow implying that those of us who respect a woman's right to make these very difficult decisions are less christian, and so i have to remind my colleagues, i'm a roman catholic. i had six children in nine years and probably would've had more except my uterus gave out, so don't tell me about personal choices. my personal choice is to observe my faith. i cannot dictate that to another woman. research shows that people remember ads with young people having a good time. so to help you remember that liberty mutual customizes your home insurance, here's a pool party. look what i brought!
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[clock ticking] - and now, members, i have personal testimonies. people learned that we would be speaking against this bill today and asked us to be their voice in this chamber. because we had two days to prepare, it gave us time to ask for letters. - this is from patricia, from bellaire, texas. we received over 16,000 stories from women who wanted so much for their voices to be heard. and this from julie in pflugerville, texas. from joy in fort worth. from martha, in luling, texas. from ellen. from harold. from jane. from myrtle. in 1944, when i was 10 years old, i almost lost my mother
from a botched abortion. i had an abortion when i was 23. i was unemployed and suffering from health problems. i had to borrow money for the abortion, but i was fortunate enough to live close to a clinic. i had an abortion in houston a few years ago, when my birth control failed due to antibiotics given after a surgery for cervical cancer. one in three women in our country have had, or will have an abortion, and that's not a choice made due to inconvenience or a simplistic disregard of human life. quite the opposite. i'm perplexed about why you're wasting time on these bills that are not pro-life at all, but only designed to prevent women from getting needed healthcare. i see no legislation providing easy access to birth control to reduce the need for abortion. i see no legislation to provide for childcare,
a living minimum wage, or family leave. i am opposed as a social worker, a healthcare professional, and as a woman. let the record show that i vehemently oppose hb60. thank you. the letter that struck me the most, and still to this day, really sticks with me is the letter that i read from carole m. - the day of the filibuster, i was actually in abilene, texas for work. i got a text probably early in the afternoon from heather busby that said, "wendy davis is reading your story." so i cut my trip short, drove back to austin. - no one ever thinks they're going to be faced with the decision of terminating a much wanted pregnancy.
- [both] when you are given the news that there is nothing - that can be done to save your baby's life, it feels like your soul has been ripped apart, but we had a decision to make. this is where i keep all of amber's stuff. these are her footprints, and i actually have those tattooed on my back. i asked my doctor at one point, would she try to breathe if i delivered her while she was alive and he nodded. no, i'm done. i can't do that. i can't watch her try to breathe when there's nothing they can do for her. we didn't find out until we were 20 weeks along, which is completely normal. if we had not had the choice to have her heart stopped
and induce my labor, then we would have had to wait for her to pass on her own or leave the state. because even though we fit into that very narrow, fetal anomaly exception, it's still a lot of red tape, and we were so far along. - being told that you don't really have any control over how your baby is going to die is devastating and self-defeating. i chose to have a baby and to bring her into this world. i should be allowed to make the very personal, very private, and very painful decision as to how she leaves it, guided by the best interest of my child and my family. if a 20-week ban had been in place four years ago, then i wouldn't have been able to make this choice. i would hate to see other families denied the right
to choose what is best for them. these decision are hard enough without placing extra limits on them. - a senator is telling the world about my daughter and it's having an emotional impact on her. you know, it was really, validation about how difficult it was, what i went through. [somber music] - it struck me so deeply, because i felt as though i were reading my own story. [soft music] - texas state senator wendy davis. she has a brand new memoir. it is called "forgetting to be afraid." in it, davis reveals for the very first time that she made the decision to terminate two pregnancies.
- a friend of mine posted a picture from the book and it was talking about her reading my story and how it impacted her and inspired her to share her own story, and i was like, wow. naral texas is working on a new project. so they asked wendy and i to kind of kick off this project by doing an interview together. - hi, carole! - hi. - how are you? - i'm great. you look gorgeous. - thanks. - nice to see you again. wendy had been hoping to find me for some time and it was all very surreal. [audience applauding] - tonight, i'm so excited to debut our latest project: texans for access. through this project, we're building a supportive community and changing the conversation around abortion.
when i was in my second trimester, past 20 weeks as well, and though i had been diligently appearing, as i know carole had, at all of my doctor's appointments and having all of the required tests, nothing revealed until late in that second trimester that my daughter was suffering from a very severe fetal abnormality. and we loved her so much. we didn't want that to be her life. the decisions that she struggled with and the way that she dealt with it was so very similar. the same procedures, the same agony, the same questioning, grappling with how the termination would occur, grappling with what would be done. would we see and hold our daughter? how would we say goodbye? but like carole, i feel like there's meaning to it now,
sharing it with other women so that they know they're not alone. [somber music] - there are support groups online for others who have terminated for medical reasons. and i did utilize them to some extent when i was going through everything. but there was nothing in person. i said, "ok, well, not only am i going to share my story, but i am going to form a support group and welcome anyone else with open arms who wants to come talk about their story." this church is where my family has been going to church for like 35 years now i think. the group is called our most difficult choice, and all of the women who have been here had a wanted pregnancy
and received a poor prognosis at some point, and they ultimately chose to end the pregnancy because of it. and so basically, we all share a lot of trauma and grief. we talk about the decisions, you know, that we each made on not only how to terminate, but how to handle everything since then. we talk about the factors that went into making the decision. - they did the scan, and they were like, "your water-- you have no water. there's no chance of survival." and i tried to explain that because of the placenta previa, it was not safe for me to have a miscarriage, and they just wanted me out. so we contacted a bunch of hospitals and i was told that none of the hospitals would take me because i had to wait for an ethics committee to meet, and they had to decide if it was legitimate. so i would have to wait about a week to get an answer, and at that point, with my water broken,
there wasn't really a week to wait. - we talk about whether or not we share it with people. we talk about the stigma that surrounds it. you know, talking about first trimester abortion is one thing. talking about late term abortion is-- has a whole different level of stigma. i was very-- i was visibly pregnant at that point. like i would go out, and i had reached the point where i was constantly getting questions and comments and things about my pregnancy. and so after that happened, i just stopped leaving the house. you know, over the years it's become very healing for me to talk about what really happened. very empowering. but emotionally, it took me a while to get there, for sure.
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but i had no idea that people had engaged on social media as they had. [dramatic music] - the senators who were battling did not know that there were hundreds of thousands of people viewing online. - zaffirini is talking right now. i'm still trying to figure out what she's saying right now. it's a very slow feed. - all we wanna do is watch the live feed. like everybody's trying to strike up a conversation. well, what's happening now? well, show me on your computer there, all the things, and i was just like, you guys. history is happening on the computer. - the social media and the use of technology to instantly get information to people made the difference on people understanding what was happening at the texas capitol. [crowd chanting] [crowd clapping rhythmically]
[dramatic music] - it was an exciting moment for all of us that this was raising awareness all over the country about what was happening to women's reproductive freedoms. - it was a live and unfolding political drama, a woman who chose to make a stand in front of her fellow lawmakers and a viewing audience that grew based on word of mouth and social media. - the texas state senator that everyone is talking about. wendy davis, a democrat, took a stand against a bill restricting abortions in the state. - who is wendy davis and why is everyone talking about her? - are you gonna run for governor? [dramatic music] [audience cheering] ♪ this girl is on fire
[audience cheering] - look at you, look at all of you. - wendy, wendy. - texas. - wendy, wendy, wendy. - trying to be in this moment that the filibuster placed me in and trying to seize upon what we all hoped would be a turning point for texas, that we'd finally break through, we'd finally have an opportunity to elect a statewide democrat since the 1990s, i just felt an obligation to try to ride that and give some meaning to it, you know, and hope that it was going to create a bigger outcome for all of us. [audience cheering] [audience applauding] - wendy, wendy, wendy, wendy, wendy, wendy, wendy. - we also knew it was really a long shot. it was always a long shot. - her opponent
is texas state attorney general, greg abbott. he's a man with a conservative record to match the blanket of red that covers most of texas. - greg abbott is the clear front runner. he's gonna win the race. - she's a dead loser on the issues that matter most to texans. - she's attracting a lot of attention nationally and internationally, but at the end of the day, the people who matter are the people in this state. this is a conservative state. [dramatic music] - davis' plan? not running on what made her famous, but on her memorable life story. - we wanted to make sure that they understood there were all these other things i was fighting for. my own personal story and what education meant to me and how i became the first person in my family to graduate from college, and it lifted me from poverty. - she was raised by a single mother with a 6th grade education. she married young and by 19 was divorced, and raising me as a single mother. she could've buckled under, but instead she buckled down and enrolled into community college.
she got herself into harvard law school. - texas made it possible for me to go from that tiny trailer to a successful business and to the texas senate. - but then, some discrepancies in the story. - raising questions about just how much help davis got in footing the bill for harvard or the exact age at which she got divorced. - she was neither supporting her family nor raising her kids. she married a sugar daddy whom she asked to meet. he supported her, he raised the kids-- - he paid for school. - while she went to harvard law school. she went to harvard law school. - my candidacy was purposefully run through the lens of anti-feminism. - is there some undercurrent here about a woman's appropriate role, particularly as a mother? [dramatic music] - that was one of the loneliest points in time
i've ever had in my life, because i felt like i had to defend myself. i never gave up custody of my children. and then there was also the name calling, the monikers. - wendy davis got a hostile greeting when she landed in los angeles. life size posters were up and they said things like, "hollywood welcomes abortion barbie, wendy davis." - fox news commentator erick erickson took to his twitter account and wrote the following. "so abortion barbie had a sugar daddy ken," and of course, he's referring to her second husband, who helped her pay for her harvard law degree. - it felt uncontrollable. it felt like it had just gotten away from me. - "the best thing about wendy davis fiasco is this. it proves that you can still call a whore a whore."
- jesus. - "feminazis ain't won yet, my friends." - and then one day, it's just over. it's just gone. - republican greg abbott blew out democrat wendy davis. - let's hear from wendy davis now. - and we will endure until our efforts realize the state that we envision. [audience cheering] makes me cry all over again. [chuckles] and i don't begrudge greg abbott his win whatsoever, but there were a couple of levels that were deeply, deeply disappointing. one was we continued to see an outright assault on women's reproductive rights. power e*trade's easy-to-use tools like dynamic charting and risk-reward analysis
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[soft dramatic music] [clock ticking] - but because the draconian budget cuts and punitive measures in the 2011 session are creating obstacles-- - senator nichols, for what purpose do you rise? - call a question of point of order on rule 4.03. - my republican colleagues had been strategizing. they knew that in the senate rules, if they could find three strikes, they could call the filibuster to an end. and they were going to find those three strikes, no matter what. it was very clear they had been assigned to take turns watching me. i could tell, as i was talking, which senator's hour
or 30 minutes that it was, because i was being watched like a hawk. and i was just having to work so hard mentally to make sure that i was staying on track. planned parenthood will have a tough time getting state funds. - senator nichols, for what purpose do you rise? - mr. president, under rule 4.03, is the budget germane to this bill? - no. - for something to be germane to a bill, it has to contribute to the argument about that bill. it can't be completely off topic. mr. president, may i please argue my point with regard to its germaneness, and if you rule that it's not, i'm happy to move on to something else? in 2011, over 70 family planning, contraceptive, and well women care clinics closed because the legislature made a decision to remove funding in order to hurt planned parenthood.
i made the argument that we were giving up about $30 million in federal funds that could've otherwise been brought down for preventing abortion, which, of course, is the topic of this bill. somehow, that cumulative impact of those laws together, and the conversation about that cumulative impact was held to be not germane. it was absurd. - i don't think that the contents and the subject matter of the funding of planned parenthood is germane to this debate. [gavel bangs] - it was like a really big eye opener for me, i guess, to see like the demystification of state politics. i remember that was the day i signed up to be a volunteer with planned parenthood. [dramatic music]
[upbeat music] they were trying to pass this breast and cervical cancer funding cut to planned parenthood. and i was like, ew, like, why would they politicize cancer? you know, that's really messed up. - joining us now, texas governor, greg abbott, to explain his decision. governor, good morning to you in austin. why'd you do this? - good morning, bill. texas has thousands, maybe more than 4,000 women healthcare facilities where these same healthcare procedures can be provided to women that don't provide abortions. - hi, everybody. here in the valley, a lot of people don't have insurance, and so, planned parenthood is the only place to get an early breast and cervical cancer screening. you know, even if you do have insurance, and you're in a place like the rio grande valley, you find a lump, every clinic you call,
there's a two to three month waiting period at best. so i'm outside of greg abbott's mansion today, and i will be every day until he vetoes reduced access to early breast and cervical cancer screenings here in texas. i stood outside of governor greg abbott's mansion for 17 days. hey, everyone. day two outside of the governor's mansion here, and we've got some community supporters out here helping me try to convince greg abbott to veto reduced-- it started gaining traction on twitter, but also locally. [upbeat music] and then it turned into #standwithsadie, and so, yeah, it just became a trending hashtag. i started getting calls from the national office saying, "hey, sadie, yahoo wants to talk about this," or, "hey, sadie, cosmo wants to talk about this." and i was just like. [upbeat music] i saw two people walking up and i was just like, that lady kinda looks like wendy davis. she was just like, walks up super casually,
like, hey who's sadie? and i was like, me. and she was like, oh my god, i've been following what you've been doing. i was just like, what is going on? is this real life? one of my heroes is actually telling me that i'm doing something cool. once wendy davis mentioned it, it just like shot up in texas, and it became like a bigger issue to the public 'cause they were like, if wendy davis cares about it, i care about it. [upbeat music] the petition that we had came out to over 35,000 people that had signed. we delivered the petitions against it to governor abbott's office. ♪ - never heard from abbott ever, never, i never saw him, i never saw, you know, a window peep open.
you know, governor abbott ended up not vetoing this bill, so planned parenthood wasn't able to get the federal funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings. i was really disgusted. [dramatic music] but you know, i was happy that #standwithsadie made the ripple effects here in texas. [dramatic music] i would love to see more women of color-led events on that level in the future, and i hope that i can do that and also do it with other women of color or you know, femme, trans, other people that aren't equally represented. (vo) you can be well-dressed. (man) wahoooo! (vo) you can be well-groomed. or even well-spoken. (man) ooooooo. (vo) but there's just something about being well-adventured. (man) wahoooooo!
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gestational age than a bunch of senators from the state of texas do, but we're gonna tell them, by golly, that they can't even- - senator, what purpose do you rise? - parliamentary inquiry. - state your aim. - we've been, i've been looking at rule 6.13, which will be determined by a majority vote of the senate without debate. - would you all approach the podium? - i really didn't anticipate how challenging it might be physically. my back did begin to hurt. i'd been having some lower back problems from running and i started making circles around my desk just to move and hoping that would ease the discomfort. my staff sent a note to me saying, stop pacing around your desk. we're afraid they're gonna call a point of order,
you know, for some unknown reason. - i'd like to raise a point of order that senator davis has violated rule 4.01 when she had senator ellis assist her by putting a back brace on during a pause a moment ago. - that the republican leadership decided that they wanted to silence her, that they were going to do anything to stop her from filibustering, even calling bogus points of order. - this was not in keeping with the tradition of the texas senate. no senator had ever, ever gone through that before. - the point of order is sustained. [gavel bangs] [crowd yelling] - bullshit! [crowd yelling] - i was very angry, not only that it was being done to me.
i was angry that it was being done to the women whose voices i was trying to make sure were heard. lieutenant governor david dewhurst bent the rules to add these bills. he had his chance during the regular session. shame on him and shame on you who support these bills. you know, i can't even begin to imagine how this feels to a young african-american or latino woman who is hearing this from old white legislators. let them be told vasectomies are against the law and listen to the uproar. - it was so bold. i'd never seen anyone do anything like that before. i was either 13 or 14, and i think it was on tv. watching that definitely put the idea of advocacy in my mind. i realized that that's what i really wanted to.
sometimes people don't have access to things like feminine hygiene products. when students don't have access to pads and tampons, they end up just going home if they get their periods during the day or just not coming to school at all the whole day. it creates a really big cycle where kids fall behind in school and then they end up missing more school. and it all started with a problem that's so easily fixable and something that i think should've already happened. so i started launchpad my junior year. i did some fundraising. we have like a little laundry basket next to it that we accept donations in. i stock them as my much as i can, but a lot of the time, they'll be empty during the day or like towards the end of the week. and i did some research, looked at other schools that have free menstrual products where the government actually funds it. we provide free toilet paper. i think the government should also provide free feminine hygiene products.
[dramatic music] - you can imagine, or maybe you can't, how a woman feels to be told that her feelings on these issues, no matter the circumstance that she's dealing with, she is not going to be able to exercise her constitutional right. and what's so disturbing is that we don't seem to care, and maybe that is because so many of us on this floor have never ever had to face that, and never will face it, because you don't have the equipment, and i've got it, and my daughters have it and other women that i care about have it and women who i don't know have it.
and what i know is that each of them has a unique circumstance that's going to be impacted directly by this particular bill. - mr. president. - senator deuell, for what purpose do you rise? - to ask senator davis some questions. would she yield? - senator davis, do you yield? - i'm not yielding for any questions at this point. - senator deuell, senator does not yield. - when i was elected to the texas senate, i was only the 13th woman ever elected in the history of the texas senate. there had never been more than four women in the senate at any one time. the year that i was elected, for the first time, we had six women senators, an all-time record. one of my very first experiences as a state senator standing up and getting my microphone out
and speaking on behalf of my district, one of my fellow senators, a male, older republican. including those that we've been discussing today-- - senator, i'm sorry. you know i have a hearing problem, and i'm only getting about half of what you're saying. - i'm sorry, i will speak up. - i have trouble, i'm sorry, with women's voices and i'm just not getting it. - and it was just such a breathtakingly honest, but also symbolic reflection of what it was like to be in the texas senate. - i know you're new to the legislature, but the fiscal impact on the bill, that is determined if there's a cost to the state. - believe it or not, i understand that a fiscal impact is based on whether there is a cost to the state. in texas, it is absolutely the case that the diversity of our communities are not reflected in the people who represent us,
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'cause we have a fundraiser tonight, and i was kind of asking around for people to donate some stuff. so i'm trying to get some other, like more gender-inclusive contraception to give out. but that's also hard 'cause there's no funding in south texas, so i can't really get anything. so the amount of money that i have is almost like obsolete compared to places like austin, where they can give out free iuds and stuff, but here, we can barely give out free condoms. the clinics can't even give 'em out to the patients for free, so there's like a really big disparity. tonight's event, the talking points will mostly be around like you need to vote, so that way the clinic can stay open. oh, it's beautiful. cunts is like a monthly drag show at this local venue downtown. okay, so if the show's gonna be here, that means everyone's gonna be around here. my friend, joe is a drag queen
and he calls himself a dragstivist, because he mostly centers his drag around like doing nonprofit work for the lgbtq community. like he does a lot of hiv work. - clap for sadie, motherfuckers. [audience cheering] oh she got notes. - oh my god. hi. [audience cheering] thank you for coming. it's really cool that you guys are here. i know cunts is really awesome, but so is planned parenthood. whoo! - yes! - we're queer-friendly, we also offer services to trans people, undocumented people, people without healthcare insurance, which i know is a lot of us here in the valley. so that's why i'm here to tell you remember to go vote, remember to tip the queens. thank you! [audience cheering] - yes! clap for sadie. [audience cheering] [upbeat music] ♪ stronger [upbeat music] - when people ask me like why i work with joe/beatrix
in my work, it's because we can speak to communities that have felt shut out from the reproductive rights movement. the whole point of reproductive justice is that everybody, no matter what gender identity, sexual orientation, economic class, race, or ability has access to affordable reproductive healthcare. ♪ stronger [audience cheering] [dramatic music] - today is my first day as a manager of grants at planned parenthood of greater texas. and so, we are getting ready to go take my daughter to school and make the long commute down to south austin for my first day. okay, let me check on chloe. - got a loose tooth. - you got a loose tooth?
- see? right there. it looks like i got one right there. - yeah, could be. [water splashes] one of the biggest reasons why i wanted to find a job in this field is because it allows me to create, hopefully, a better future for my daughter who's here, and honor amber at the same time. my new job is at a place kind of like a doctor's office where they help women take care of their bodies, but sometimes, going to the doctor can cost a lot of money, and so if there's a woman who can't go because she doesn't have money or she doesn't have insurance, then the place that i work at can help her.
[seatbelt unbuckling] got it? - yeah. - okay. have a good day, i love you. [both kissing] [door bangs] i have gotten mixed reactions from people when i tell 'em where i'm going to work. and i don't know that i want her to experience any of that. oh, there's already a protestor out. yeah, i think they have to stay out here. if i explain the circumstances surrounding my abortion most of the time, i get sympathy. if i don't explain and i just say i had an abortion, i get a lot of anger, a lot of hostility, a lot of judgment. and so, i started taking out the explanation,
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they couldn't let anyone else in it was so crowded. - it'll be just a moment. - a group of 20 women in san antonio, all in their 60s and 70s, at 9:00 at night, they said, "we are going to the capitol." they wanted to be part of this. they wanted to say, "stop this." - i've seen the women who marched on washington back in the day and then young people who've never been to any kind of action in their life. - it was really cool, the kind of sense of community it was. just creating like this bond that, you know, no matter what happens, we're all still gonna be in this together for the long run. we are coming back, we are coming back, we are coming back we are coming back. - there were these moments in the day, when the building would literally come alive, i could feel it under my feet let her speak! let her speak! let her speak! let her speak!
upset by the crowd's behavior, lieutenant governor dewhurst referred to the folks who were there as an unruly mob. they've since taken that mantra and worn it with pride. [dramatic music] everywhere i was going, post-filibuster, during the gubernatorial, and even after that, young women would ask some version of the question, what do we do? and it was so clear to me that it was not for lack of passion that they sometimes weren't putting their voice in the conversation. it was that they didn't really know how. and so, deeds not words was a way to help young woman, particularly, connect their passion to some kind of a meaningful action. - send this to see if you have any other thoughts on this.
but i think it sounds pretty good so far. - one thing that i wonder is whether there's another bill that is gonna be up on the floor that she might be able to amend it to, or whether they're looking over on the senate side for an opportunity to do that as well. - okay. - if there's any other kind of domestic violence bill. - let me see right there. okay, it's gonna take a lot of deep diving into this. [both laughing] do you wanna help me with it? okay. cool. - there are organizations that help young women who wanna run for office, but we are the only organization that i know of that is really doing that advocacy training, take your passion, make change today kind of work. they show up in city council meetings, school board meetings, their own administrative campus meetings
and at the state legislature. and they're making change. they've passed seven bills at the legislature, and in this session, they're on track to pass at least 12 more. [group laughs] okay, so we're getting so close to the end of legislative session, i know you've got a lot of bills that are percolating through you wanna talk about. - the mammogram coverage that sophie testified for, passed out of committee. speaking of testimonies, do you guys wanna take a guess at how many testimonies we've given? - in this session? - mm-hmm. - how many? - just guess. - 40. - 75. - we're at 80. - yes! - we're at 80 testimonies given to date. - and they've done things on their campuses too, that are incredibly meaningful. - it was actually because i've been having so much trouble getting the donations, i contacted deeds not words through their website,
and i told them what i'd done, and i asked if they had any ideas on what i can do to improve the system. they're helping me actually create a plan for it to be free. - krithika really made that issue come alive for us through what she had observed in her school, and we wanted to help her take her passion on that and do something at the next level. so we connected her to a city council person. he connected her to the austin women's commission and we just worked with her on helping to show her the path. these are the channels through which you can get policy change accomplished. what were the appropriate things to ask for and how to ask for them. - the launchpad presentation by krithika shamanna. - we went and presented to the commission for women, and the hope is that they will support the bill
and like present it to the council, and then the council will vote on it. the policy that i'm asking for is to get free feminine hygiene products in all public spaces, including public schools. so the public library, like the one we're in right now would have free feminine hygiene products. and so, i do have a couple of questions for all of you about the next steps that i can take to try to bring this to the council. but before i ask those, does anyone have any questions for me? - where are you currently getting the money to fund this? - i had a gofundme for a while and i had people donate on there. i had different fundraisers like bake sales and stuff to get money. while they're very helpful, i don't know how long i can keep that going. and so, i think having an actual policy in place would solve for those kind of issues, if we can get that to go through the council. - you did so good. you did amazing. - i'm proud of you. - thank you. - bye, be safe!
- see my bumper sticker? [dramatic music] [clock ticking] - at about 10:45 that night, the final strike was called by senator donna campbell. there have been instances where women have had some, some real heart-- - mr. president. - because they've showed up on the second day. - mr. president. - the same doctor's not there. - senator campbell, for what purpose do you rise? - i believe we're talking about the sonogram bill and you know, the doctors and sonogram bill, versus we're supposed to be, the last topic she was on was ru486. are we still germane to this bill? because analogies to sonogram bill is not specific to this bill.
- and it was called on germaneness on an issue that was absolutely, without question, germane. that's what i'm clearly talking about, is the impact of this particular bill. i think it's perfectly reasonable to talk about it in the context of what women in texas today will face if this provision goes in place. - thank you, senator davis. [dramatic music] senator campbell, your point of order is well taken and is sustained. [gavel bangs] the chair recognizes senator hegar. [crowd yells] - they were so upset. they understood that the rules were being bent and broken and twisted in order
to bring the filibuster to an end. [crowd yells] - senator watson, can you hear me? [crowd booing] [crowd yells] state your inquiry. - i move that the ruling of the chair be overruled and i seek to appeal the ruling of the chair. [crowd cheers] - then the parliamentary debate began. - parliamentary inquiry. - state your inquiry. - mr. president- a sonogram, which is required by texas law, not germane? at that point, i went, "oh, hell no." that, that-- no. - parliamentary inquiry. parliamentary inquiry. - and i had to just watch, as my colleagues debated the parliamentary ruling. they were amazing. - how in the world was the change made?
what rule, what tradition? - i think if you go back and look at the transcript, senator watson had the floor. he was recognized. - perhaps that ruling has been premature. so we should not be having this discussion. - i don't believe it's appropriate to end the filibuster without a vote of the body. - much of the arguments that equipped the senators on the floor to argue the parliamentary rulings, and to argue them well, actually came from people who were watching online, who pulled up the senate rules online and who, with their creative thoughts and energies and ideas, were sending in suggestions about why some of the rulings that were coming from the chair were incorrect. - that, to me, kind of brings together the role that actual democracy played in that filibuster. when texans were able to watch their legislators, keep their eyes on their legislators, hold them accountable,
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[dramatic music] [crowd chattering] - hey guys, just in case you don't know what's going on, we are planned parenthood texas votes, and today's our statewide lobby day. this is the biggest day of the legislative session, where we gathered over a thousand supporters from all over the state to come and talk to their legislators about why they support planned parenthood and why it's important to keep our centers open and keep our advocacy going. okay. - hi. - hi, oh my god.
i'm so excited. - i'm so glad you're here. - i'm excited you're here. oh my god. - are you nervous? - no. - you're gonna kill it. - oh my god. - as you always do. - well, i'm not speaking today. - you're not? - no, i'm just in charge of the rgv group, we brought like 35 volunteers up. - yeah. - so i'm trying to do that. i'm gonna work on the facebook live stream of this, though. - senator eddie lucio, like most of the rgv reps. i think we're hitting all of them. - good. - we have six small groups that are gonna lobby each office. - good. - yeah. i'm excited. - oh my god, don't. it's so good to see you. we bused up 35 people from the valley to come and lobby. lobbying's my favorite thing. it's the best way to interact with your legislators. it's a one-on-one level and you finally get to directly tell them the things you've been doing have been awesome or the things you have been doing have been really bad.
that's something not everybody has the opportunity to do. [woman knocking] hi. - how are y'all doing? - doing great. we have an appointment today at 2:30. - 2:30? let me check. - yeah, we're here to talk about all the anti-abortion, anti-planned parenthood bills that have been introduced. looking at the history of your boss' votes, we know that because of his votes and his voting record, over half of our clinics were closed. laura here is a nurse that does sexual assault, and she can talk about her experience. - so when the senator decides to vote against-- - this was the first time in literally i think like 10 years people have come up in that number to lobby here. - thank you guys for stopping by. - safe travels. - our legislators are like shocked that people from the valley care and care enough to come to austin and complain to them. we have people who have never lobbied before, having just the experience to know that there are people out there that are willing to educate and train you, that there are people from all over the state who feel the same way you do,
societal change doesn't happen in one day. and to like train people to start being able to change our policies here in the state is something that's really awesome. [dramatic music] - and for the folks inside the rotunda, who would rather us be silent, show me what democracy looks like. - this is what democracy looks like. - tell me what democracy. - i hadn't really been involved in politics. i never contacted a legislator before, i never went down to the capitol during session. 2013, it was a big learning curve. i couldn't sleep. i was petrified that my baby was gonna die while i was asleep. so we made our decision to have my labor induced. i've heard a lot of talk from those who believe that childbirth is safer than abortion. it took me six weeks to physically heal after the termination. three years ago, i had another daughter. after her delivery, i required surgery and a full 18 months to recover.
i know i'm a good mother to my three year old. i know i'm a good mother now, and i know that i was a good mother then. i really started to pay attention to who the legislators were and what area of texas they represented and who's up for reelection. now, i'm very involved. and we don't need anything else standing in the way of women being able to make the best decisions for them and their families. it's a different world, but it's one that i've actually really enjoyed being a part of. [crowd cheers] - i am now a senior at rice university, studying political science and the study of women, gender and sexuality. and i'm the president of deeds at rice, which is a campus chapter of deeds not words. working with deeds not words has helped me stay connected on a broader statewide level.
it pushes me to constantly evolve and learn new things. sophomore year, i heard about the practice of non-consensual pelvic exams. - what we're about to tell you may come as a shock. medical students have performed pelvic exams on women who were under anesthesia for training purposes. - even more surprising, these exams were often done without the women's knowledge or consent. - because of how vulnerable people in that position are, we thought it was very important that they consent to a pelvic exam being conducted on them. so we reached out to the representatives in texas who were interested in working on this policy. we then started collecting testimonies and were really able to use deeds not words' now super extensive network of campus chapters and have people contribute testimony. we had medical students come in and we were able to help organize and put that together to then ensure that the bill was successfully passed. - a brand new law now gives a woman the right to refuse.
- so part of this informed consent is, it can't just be sort of thrown into the larger consent form. it needs to be a distinct or separate section, and specifically in at least 18-point bold face type, saying, consent for examination of pelvic region. [dramatic music] the common thread among all the work that i've done is really fighting for and prioritizing the lives and identities of women and gender minorities in texas. and so, this is the same sort of work that i think wendy davis showed me a lot about and taught me a lot about in high school. it's the same work that i hope to do literally for the rest of my life. [dramatic music] discomfort back there? instead of using aloe, or baby wipes, or powders, try the cooling, soothing relief or preparation h.
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there's no question it's something [dramatic music] - the night of the filibuster, i was at my dad's funeral. my father died tragically in a traffic accident. my family was gathered after the funeral. and my chief of staff said, "hey, boss, i hate to tell you this, but they've called a second point of order on wendy. they are going to get her." i said, "what?" he said, "they're going to get her." and i said, "i have to go." and he says, "you have to go." - at 15 minutes to midnight when we're just wondering, like how are we gonna stretch it for that 15 minutes? - mr. president, parliamentary inquiry, did the president hear me state the motion, or did the president hear me and refuse to recognize?
- senator-- - i couldn't get recognized. i was jumping up and down. i was screaming, mr. president. i was trying all i could and they kept recognizing my republican male colleagues. finally, when i was recognized, what came outta my mouth was totally unrehearsed, it was out of frustration. at what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over the male colleagues in the room? [audience cheering] - the women in that gallery roared. [audience cheering] that was the question. why aren't our voices being heard? [audience cheering] they were being ignored in an attempt to rush so that the vote could be taken. [audience cheering] - the secretary will call the roll.
[audience cheering] - deuell, jonathan, ellis, estes. - we start hearing like in the hallways like this, like, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. - wendy, wendy, wendy, wendy, wendy, wendy, wendy. it's like yelling and clapping. and you know, the whole interior of the capitol is like granite and marble. it's only, reflecty, kind of auditory services. there's not a cushion in the whole place. - i had never felt the building shake, the vibration. this is a granite building. - wendy, wendy, wendy, wendy, wendy. - i remember hearing the cheering and kind of realizing what they're doing. they're keeping them from voting. - stop the vote, stop the vote, stop the vote, stop the vote, stop the vote, stop the vote.
- paxton. rodriguez. schwertner. [audience cheering] - to be surrounded by hundreds of people who give a shit, is just... [audience cheering] [audience cheering drowns out secretary] - if we can have order in the chamber so that the members can properly cast their vote. [audience cheering] - west. [audience cheering] - i remember thinking, this is my amber. [audience cheering] - the people rose and cheered and screamed and used their voices, and they were democracy. they were democracy in action.
[audience cheering] - i can see in the live feed, wendy pointing, you know, it's midnight, it's midnight. [audience cheering] - midnight hit, and the place exploded. i mean, it went nuts. [audience cheering uproariously] - and of course they, not me, moved that filibuster past the midnight deadline. the lieutenant governor has agreed that sb5 is dead. [audience cheering uproariously] - wendy, wendy, wendy, wendy. [audience cheering] - today was the example of government for the people, by the people and of the people,
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- we always understood that lthere was very likely going to be a second special session called, that the governor would call it specifically to pass that bill, and of course he did. - our choice! - who's choice? - our choice! - who's choice? - our choice! - who's choice? - pro life! - who's choice? - pro life!
- who's choice? - our choice! - who's choice? - our choice! - who's choice? - our choice! - who's choice? - our choice! [dramatic music] [camera shutters click] [applause] - shame! shame! shame! shame! shame! - but there is something beautiful, even in losing in those moments. what you may not understand is that you are creating an inspirational model for other people to follow. that you are moving the needle every time you do that, even if you don't gain immediately what you were hoping to achieve. that you raise awareness, that you help inspire further action on that issue. [dramatic music]
♪ - two-and-a-half years ago, i was at the capitol watching wendy davis filibuster against this heinous law. [audience cheering] and since then, i've been inspired to fight for reproductive justice on all fronts, especially fighting abortion stigma in my community, border town, brownsville, texas. [audience cheering] our fight today, though, is bigger than texas. we're here to fight for the rights of all women and pregnant people and much more. we're fighting for the rights of marginalized communities to get the healthcare they need. together, we've already achieved so much around reproductive justice, and we have been fighting against these systems of oppression that keep this abortion debate going. thank you everybody, y viva la lucha! [audience cheering]
[dramatic music] - i have to tell you, i was fighting back tears a moment ago, as i was reading the scotus blog. did we win today or what? [audience cheering] yeah we did. yeah we did. - i'm emotional. the last time that i went and went to my daughter's grave was the day after the filibuster. and it's... it's overwhelming to think that now, i can go back and tell her that it was all worth it. like, we accomplished something. unfortunately, this is just probably a break in the momentum, but it's a huge victory,
we can lose a battle, but we must, must, must keep fighting and use every avenue possible to make sure that we ultimately succeed for the women that we're fighting for. i'm grateful that this moment found me and i found it, and i'm here doing once again what i believe most in in the world, fighting for people who need a fighter in their corner. it's important to be present to the fact that we are not in this fight alone, that this battle doesn't rest on a single set of shoulders here, that we are part of a collective,
that we can lift each other up, and that when one of us staggers, we will be there. [audience cheering] we have proven our resilience. we have proven we are powerful, we are indefatigable, and for our daughters, our granddaughters, our trans and non-binary friends, we are not stopping. we are not giving up. no matter how depleted, no matter how tired, no matter how weary we become, because we've got each other, and we are enough. thank you all so much. [audience cheering] thank you. [audience cheering] ♪ ♪