Former state Sen. Wendy Davis challenges Texas abortion law in court

Davis is best known for her 13-hour filibuster against another restrictive abortion law in 2013. Now, she’s suing to block enforcement of Texas’ current ban on abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas Tribune
Former state Sen. Wendy Davis attends a 2019 rally hosted by abortion advocates in protest of abortion bans that were proposed across the country.

Legal background

The current law "seeks not only to strip Texans of their fundamental right to make decisions about their pregnancies based on their individual circumstances and religious beliefs, but also to make a mockery of the federal courts," the lawsuit said.

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