Texas Filibuster Star Weighs Her Future

AUSTIN (June 30, 2013)—State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, who gained national attention for her filibuster last week against a measure imposing new abortion restrictions, has received encouragement from fellow Democrats to seek higher office and perhaps even to run for governor.

But she says her focus now is on the second special session, which begins Monday as Republicans try again to push the abortion measure through.

The Harvard Law School graduate told The Associated Press she has been fielding congratulatory phone calls from around the world since the marathon filibuster that helped run out the clock on the special session and kill the abortion bill.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry promises the law will pass this time and that Texas will remain a Republican stronghold.

The battle over the measure means the Texas Capitol will again be the center of an ideological battle when lawmakers return to work at 10 a.m. Monday.

Perry is urging urged lawmakers to work faster this time.

He wants abortion bills approved long before the deadline so a last-minute filibuster won't work.

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