Deep in the heart of Texas in the wee hours of the morning, Senator Wendy Davis stood in her pink Tennis shoes after being on the senate floor for more than 13 hours to filibuster Senate Bill 5 (SB 5), a strict abortion bill that would shutter many of the remaining health clinics in Texas and deny women access to reproductive care throughout the state. Just after 3 a.m. on June 26, 2013, after bated breath and hours of parliamentary debate about whether a vote was passed, the filibuster was announced a success and Democrats defeated the Republican-backed bill.
An historic moment for women’s health in Texas and across the United States, throughout the filibuster the Texas Tribune streamed a live video of the events. To keep the filibuster rolling, the Texas Senator invited women across the country to share their stories and experiences, which she then included in her day-long speech to block the bill from passing. By Midnight, the video stream surpassed 180,000 viewers and the #StandWithWendy and #SB5 hashtags jumped to the top of Twitter trends as people showed support for Sen. Davis’ efforts, including President Barack Obama.
If this isn’t enough excitement for sexual health and access to reproductive care in the United States, the Supreme Court ruled this morning that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and ruled “no standing” on Proposition 8, paving the way for marriage equally across the country, and gay marriage to resume in California.
In short, don your pink tennis shoes, your rainbow flag, and a back brace to hold yourself up during this weekend’s 44th Annual Pride Parade in Chicago!
Chicago 44th Annual Pride Parade
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Starts at Montrose and Broadway
As always: Safe and Happy Pride, Everyone!