UPDATE: 6:21 A.M. EST:
Texas state Senator Wendy Davis thanks supporters on Twitter:
UPDATE: 3:21 A.M. EST:
Despite the Associated Press prematurely reporting to the contrary, Senator Wendy Davis meets with reporters in the rotunda of the state capitol and officially announces that SB5 is dead. The crowd is still cheering.
Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, says the bill passed at 12:02 a.m.
“It’s pretty conclusive that it didn’t pass,” said Whitmire.
Texas Republicans claim that they passed new abortion restrictions expected to close almost every abortion clinic in state, despite a dramatic, 10-hour filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth).
The Republican-controlled Senate voted for the bill after midnight, which is in violation of the rules, while protesters screamed and booed from the gallery. Reporters noted that the vote began after midnight, as well; but Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst insisted that it began at 11:59 P.M.
Dewhurst claimed that Davis violated the rules, and that is why the filibuster was stopped. The crowd erupted at the decision.