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A Texas-Sized Fight Over Reproductive Freedom


Number of hours straight that Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) spoke this week as part of a filibuster against Senate Bill 5, which would have dramatically restricted access to abortion in the state: 11

Vote by which the Senate eventually approved the measure after ruling that Davis had improperly veered off topic by discussing a pre-abortion sonogram requirement in an earlier bill: 19-10

Number of minutes that the bill opponents gathered in the gallery screamed in order to drown out Republican leaders' efforts to establish order, delaying the vote until the special session ended at midnight: at least 15

Number of bill opponents who had shown up from across the state to speak against the bill at a committee hearing days earlier, only to have lawmakers adjourn without giving everyone a chance to speak: 700

Hour of the morning on June 26 that Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R), the Senate's presiding officer, returned to the floor and announced that the vote on the bill took place after midnight, meaning the measure had failed: 3:01

Number of people nationwide who tuned into a live webcast of the filibuster, which was not covered by any major TV news outlet: 182,000

Number of weeks into pregnancy after which abortions would have been banned in Texas under Senate Bill 5: 20

Number of weeks into pregnancy women have a right to an abortion under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling based on fetal viability: 24

Of the 42 abortion clinics in Texas, number that would likely have to close if the measure became law due to provisions requiring them to be regulated like surgical facilities: 37

Days after Davis's filibuster that Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) announced he would call another special session to consider the bill: 1

Date on which the special session is set to begin: 7/1/2013

Number of states that have imposed bans on abortions after 20 weeks: 12

Of those 12 states, number where courts have blocked the bans as unconstitutional: 3*

Date on which the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted to impose a nationwide ban on abortion after 20 weeks: 6/18/2013

Percent of U.S. abortions that are performed after 20 weeks, generally in cases involving dire medical circumstances: 1.5

Date on which Texas state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte (D-San Antonio) said there would be a government investigation into the Republicans' efforts to change the timestamp on the bill, an action that could be treated as a misdemeanor or a felony: 6/27/2013

* Arizona, Georgia and Idaho 

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