Shouting Down Midnight
The state that brought us Roe v. Wade, Texas has always been a hotbed of debate on abortion rights and restrictions. In 2013, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis filibustered against SB5, a predecessor to SB8, in defense of women’s access to reproductive healthcare. She knew this divisive bill was just a sign of things to come.
As the capitol filled to capacity, Sen. Davis read testimony from women strongly opposed to the bill which would effectively force draconian, pre-Roe v. Wade conditions. The bill ultimately passed, but not before hundreds of thousands of citizens made it clear that the Texas legislature had gone too far. People were activated. Lives were transformed. History was made.
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Richard Linklater, Michael Esposito, Suzanne Lerner, Barbara Dobkin
Kristi Frazier, Katy Drake Bettner
Fmr. Sen. Wendy Davis
Associate Producer: Mehul Shah, Associate Producer: Maggie M. Bailey