Battle over abortion rights heats up in the Texas Legislature

Battle over abortion rights heats up in the Texas Legislature
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POSTED: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 10:04am

Wendy Davis woke up Tuesday morning a junior member of the Texas Senate where Republicans outnumber Democrats nearly two to one.

But by the time the clock struck midnight, the one-time teenage mother who managed to put herself through Harvard Law School had attracted a nationwide following, earned a Twitter shout-out from the president of the United States and was touted by many as the Democrats' best hope in two decades of winning a statewide election.

Davis, who represents a Republican-leaning district in Fort Worth, gained the attention for speaking nearly non-stop on the Senate floor for 10 hours, which allowed her and her fellow Democrats to kill the clock on a bill that would restrict abortions in Texas.

Hundreds of her supporters -- many whom had never heard of Davis before Tuesday lined up outside the Senate gallery for hours just for a chance to watch Davis' filibuster.

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