Still Standing Tall: The Unstoppable Wendy Davis on the Fight for Abortion Rights

We sat down with former Texas state senator Wendy Davis to discuss the harsh abortion restrictions she famously filibustered in 2013 and the future of women's reproductive health.
July 12, 2016, 2:10pm

In 2013, Wendy Davis rose to national prominence after thousands of people watched her 13-hour filibuster of a Texas law that was designed with the specific intent of forcing abortion providers to close their doors.

Although the filibuster successfully killed the bill, Republicans passed it in a special session five days later. In the following three years, over half the clinics in Texas shut down, creating immense obstacles for Texas women in need of reproductive healthcare. In June 2016, the Supreme Court struck the law down, declaring it unconstitutional.

In light of this momentous decision, Broadly editor Callie Beusman sat down with Wendy Davis, the woman who arguably started it all: Because of her actions on that day in 2013, countless people became involved and engaged in the fight for abortion rights.