Filibuster Year Ago Wednesday Put Wendy Davis On National Stage

Wednesday is the anniversary of the state Senate filibuster that elevated Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis to national prominence.

Wendy Davis (Campaign photo)

AUSTIN (June 24, 2014) A year after her 12-plus hour filibuster in the Texas Legislature, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is a gubernatorial hopeful at home and a rising Democratic force nationally.

Another star of the filibuster on June 25, 2013, was fellow Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, who is now running for lieutenant governor.

Both Davis and Van de Putte say the passions of their attempts to stop sweeping new abortion restrictions in Texas haven't faded.

Abortion-rights advocates also insist the issue remains white-hot.

But the law the filibuster was intended to block eventually passed overwhelmingly, and thousands of protesters who so fiercely opposed it haven't mobilized anew.

Meanwhile, both Davis and Van de Putte are underdogs in their November elections, which has left some veterans of last summer's protests feeling disillusioned, as though their efforts had little lasting effect.

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