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TODAY   |  June 26, 2013

Texas lawmaker filibusters abortion-related bill

Democratic Texas state senator Wendy Davis took over the statehouse floor for a successful marathon filibuster of an abortion-related bill that began Tuesday morning and ended 13 hours later, causing the vote on the bill to miss the deadline. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.

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>>> was a late and wild night at the texas state house. a day long fill buster ending with a controversial vote on abortion restrictions. kelly has details on that. good morning to you.

>> reporter: it's always an emotional issue but this time texas republican lawmakers were responding to the national outrage over the philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of awful crimes earlier this year and democrats don't want to see any new restrictions. turmoil in texas . democratic state senator wendy davis took over the state house floor for a marathon that began tuesday morning. a filabuster intended to last until midnight when the legislatures term expired in order to block a vote on a bill. at stake, a ban on abortions after 20 weeks and a requirement that all procedures be done at surgery centers. that would reduce the number of available abortion centers from 47 to 5.

>> that might take us back to that point and time that existed not only in the state of texas but as in the country as a hole.

>> she came ready with comfortable pink sneakers.

>> at times she was passionate.

>> we don't seem to care.

>> other times defiant.

>> i'm not yielding for any questions at this point.

>> her message struck a cord with the topic stand with wendy trending on twitter throughout the night. but after 14 hours it ended when davis's republican colleagues determined she broke two rules, stay on topic and remain standing without assistance. with the filibuster over republicans rushed to settle the vote by midnight.

>> i have parliamentary inquire.

>> at first it appeared that republicans succeeded but after a closed door meeting the texas lieutenant governor reversed his initial ruling and announced the vote failed to meet the midnight deadline so the bill did not pass.

>> but in the short-term the democrat strategy works but texas 's republican governor rick perry who supports this bill could call a special session bringing legislatures back to try again and if he does that will get a lot more attention.

>> what a night in texas . thank you.