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June 26, 2013 - 7:25 am

Let’s open with what yesterday’s action in the Texas legislature really was. It was not about anyone’s “right to choose.” It was about keeping late-term abortionists in business. It was about Cecile Richards and her abortion business Planned Parenthood tightening its grip on the Texas Democratic Party.

When normal democratic procedures would not give the pro-abortion side a win in Texas’ conservative senate, liberal state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth) filibustered for 13 hours. When that was about to fail because she repeatedly broke the rules, they resorted to mob behavior.

This audio clip was recorded during the protesting. See if you can figure out what the mob is saying.

In the end, mob rule delayed procedures enough to kill the bill, for now. It passed, but at 12:03 AM, which was past the deadline by three minutes.

After the legislature determined that the bill had failed due to the hour it passed, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst issued a statement:

“I am furious about the outcome of the final day of this Special Session, when an unruly, screaming mob using “Occupy Wall Street” tactics derailed legislation intended to protect the health of Texas women and their babies. An unconscionable series of delaying actions by the minority party and their allies placed SB 5 in direct jeopardy of death-by-filibuster upon its arrival in the Senate.  Pushing every parliamentary procedure to its limit, we passed SB 5 19-10, but the deafening roar from the gallery drowned out any possibility of adjourning with a signed bill. I pledge to Texas one thing: this fight is far from over.”

Senate Bill 5 would have banned abortions in Texas after 20 weeks. Democrats broke the legislature the stop the bill, which is what they tend to do in Texas when they don’t get their way. Ten years ago they ran off to Oklahoma rather than do their jobs on redistricting. Last night they went full Occupy to stop a bill that about 62% of Texans support. Notice the difference at the end: Democrats resorted to mob tactics to stop democracy. Republicans stuck to the rule of law and respected the legal time limit.

The Democrats’ victory should prove to be temporary and Pyrrhic. The governor can call another special session. Texans support the bill. Democrats are siding with death over life. Republicans should have learned from last night just how far the Texas Democrats will go to thwart the will of the people, and be ready to stop the mob next time.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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