Wendy Davis’ Shoes Worn During Exhausting 11-Hour Texas Abortion Bill Filibuster Get Rave Reviews On Amazon [VIDEO]
Wendy Davis' shoes, worn during the Texas state senator's exhausting 11-hour filibuster of a Texas abortion bill on Tuesday, are getting rave reviews on Amazon. The politician wore the running shoes at the state capitol meeting because she was not permitted to sit down while she spoke. And while the episode launched the state senator into political stardom, Wendy Davis' shoes are riding her coattails to glory as well.
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Davis' marathon speech, which began early Tuesday morning and went early into Wednesday, successfully blocked a new state abortion law. Had Senate Bill 5 passed, it would have effectively closed almost all abortion clinics in Texas, a state 773 miles wide and 790 miles long and with a population of 26 million people.
Davis was chosen by democrats in the state government to lead the filibuster effort because of her compelling personal story. Reuters reports that Davis, who was born to a single mother, was a single mom herself by the age of 19, lived for some time in a trailer park and went on to graduate from Harvard Law School.
"The leadership may not want to listen to TX women, but they will have to listen to me. I intend to filibuster this bill," Davis tweeted on June 25.
— Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) June 25, 2013
"Stand with me tomorrow, and share your story with me so I can tell it from the Senate floor," her next tweet followed.
Stand with me tomorrow, and share your story with me so I can tell it from the Senate floor. http://t.co/svlU3seE6z #SB5 #txlege — Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) June 25, 2013
And stand she did -- for 11 solid hours. Davis wore hot-pink Mizuno running shoes as well as a back brace in preparation for the all day ordeal. Wendy Davis' shoes were a women's lightweight running shoe with a breathable synthetic mesh overlay that cost around $115.
The 50-year-old state senator, who assumed office in 2009, spoke Tuesday for 11 straight hours without a break, without going off topic, and even without leaning on her antique walnut desk. The senator was cut off and made to give up the floor only when republicans deemed her to have violated the rules when she was helped with her back brace.
But her effort was not without results. When the bill was finally put to a vote, it was too late -- the Senate Bill 5 passed just minutes after its midnight deadline.
Had the bill been put to a vote in the republican-led chamber earlier on, it would have passed with flying colors, and Texas would have become the 13th state, and the largest, to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
"The next time you have to spend 13 hours on your feet without food, water or bathroom breaks, this is the shoe for you," one commenter wrote on the shoes' Amazon page. "Guaranteed to outrun patriarchy on race day."
"One woman in these shoes spoke about the rights of women in these shoes, no man has ever done," said another. One reviewer added that Wendy Davis' shoes are an "essential tool" for "running down the clock."
And another: "When I first began wearing these shoes I thought my reproductive rights were secure. Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong...They want to shut down reproductive and health care facilities for the poor in Texas? Use these shoes to shut down the state capital!"
Seems that Wendy Davis' shoes are getting just as much praise as the democratic state senator herself.
And in case you missed all the filibuster action on Tuesday, here's a news clip, uploaded to YouTube, recapping the event:
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