Sen. Davis headlines pro-choice rally in Fort Worth

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Credit: Jason Whitely / WFAA

The Stand With Texas Women bus tour attracted hundreds of orange-shirted supporters to a rally in Fort Worth on July 10, 2013.

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by JASON WHITELY

WFAA

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 8:40 PM

FORT WORTH — Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) was the featured speaker at a pro-choice rally in Fort Worth Wednesday evening.

A crowd estimated at 1,500 was dressed in orange, the color adopted by the movement trying to stop legislation that would impose new restrictions on the availability of abortion services in Texas.

"I'm a Horned Frog, and I bleed purple," Davis told the crowd at the Stand With Texas Women bus tour. "But I never thought I'd be so fond of the color orange!"

The Democratic lawmaker made national headlines with an 11-hour filibuster that helped kill the bill in the first special session of the legislature last month.

But Republican supporters have enough votes in the Senate to send it to the desk of Gov. Rick Perry, and that could happen as early as Friday.

"It was the people's filibuster which killed that terrible piece of legislation," Davis said, pledging to continue the battle in Austin.

"The next battle [over abortion] ... will be in the courtroom," State Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas) told the rally.

Sen. Davis also shared her personal story, noting that she received health care services in her teens and early 20s from Planned Parenthood on Henderson Street in Fort Worth.

"I had the unbelievable privilege of growing up in poverty in this state and seeing my dreams come true," Davis said.

E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

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