Today is 'Blue Ribbon Lobby Day' as Democratic Party leaders continue their efforts to scuttle tough new abortion restrictions being discussed in the Legislature, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Hundreds of women, many dressed in orange, are being asked to continue what has come to be called as the 'people's filibuster.' Thursday night, so many people packed a house chamber to testify against three abortion related bills that the public hearing dragged on for hours and finally had to be cancelled.
The idea is to try to delay a final vote on the bills long enough that there won't be time before the Special Session ends on Tuesday fort he Senate to give final approval to the measures--hence the name 'people's filibuster.'
"We're not going anywhere," Blue ribbon Lobby Day organizer Lize Burr said. "It's the continuation of the People's Filibuster, only without the testimony. And it only works if we make it happen."
The bills, which Democrats and Republicans agree would force the closing of 37 of the 42 abortion clinics in Texas, would require that all abortion clinics be staffed by a physician who has admitting privileges in a hospital within 30 miles, and it would require that abortion clinics meet the strict qualifications of 'ambulatory surgical centers.'
Unlike the Senate version, the House bills include the 'fetal pain' bill, which would outlaw abortion after twenty months fetal gestation on the argument that after that time, the fetus can feel pain.