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Texa’s Davis Gets Judge’s Help in Abbott Abortion Fight

Wendy R. Davis spoke for more than 10 hours from the floor of the Texas Senate in June, trying to block a legislative package that would limit the availability of abortion in the second-most populous U.S. state.

A Democrat from Fort Worth, Davis failed in her bid to block the bill, which was signed by Republican Governor Rick Perry July 18. This week, a federal judge revived Davis’s argument in her now-famous filibuster, striking down a provision that would require abortion clinic doctors to affiliate with local hospitals, forcing many abortion clinics to close.