A wild scene broke out in the Texas senate at the close of Sen. Wendy Davis's filibuster of SB5, the abortion bill that would have closed all but 5 of the state's 40-plus abortion clinics. It was only several hours later that Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst declared that the vote had failed and the bill was officially dead.
For several hours no one seemed sure whether Republicans successfully forced through a vote on the bill in time for the midnight deadline. Reporters and Democrats said that voting started after midnight, but Lt. Gov. Dewhurst said it began before, according to Politico.
Shortly before the midnight deadline, screaming broke out from pro-choice protestors in the gallery of the Texas capitol in an attempt to drown out the voting, the Texas Tribune reports.
The legislature's own website seems to have been tampered with following the vote. It originally showed the vote dated June 26 - in other words, after the midnight deadline. However, 9 minutes later the website was apparently changed to show the bill passed on June 25. Screenshots taken by the Texas Tribune show the changed datestamp.
Via AP, Politico, and the Texas Tribune.