Wendy Davis: Disputed Texas abortion bill likely to pass
July 9th, 2013
01:32 PM ET
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Wendy Davis: Disputed Texas abortion bill likely to pass

Austin, TX (CNN) - Two weeks after her marathon filibuster against new abortion restrictions in Texas made her instant political celebrity, reality has set in for State Senator Wendy Davis.

Following the launch of a "Stand with Texas Women" bus tour with fellow Democrats to oppose the state's hotly contested abortion bill, Davis conceded to CNN the measure is likely to pass.

"It will be very difficult because unfortunately the voices that have been here crying out against this bill are not going to be heard," Davis told CNN in a brief interview.

"But I don't think it's the end. It's the beginning of a battle line," she added.

Last month, Davis staged an 11-hour filibuster that temporarily stalled the bill, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks and create new, potentially practice-ending requirements for doctors performing the procedures across the state.

Texas Governor Rick Perry responded to the legislative roadblock by calling lawmakers back for a special session to reconsider the measure, essentially assuring its speedy passage through the Republican controlled House and Senate.

Due to tough statehouse rules governing filibusters, top legislative aides in the Texas Capitol said it's unlikely Davis would be able to stop the bill a second time.

"That's probably the case," Davis agreed.

The popular state senator was mum on the subject of running for governor after Perry announced Monday he would not seek a fourth term in office.

"I'm not going to comment on that right now. We've got our hands full trying to beat this bad bill back," Davis said.

Still, she appears to be keeping the door open to a gubernatorial campaign. At the "Stand with Texas Women" rally, Davis repeatedly spoke past the abortion issue, jabbing Perry and top GOP leaders for becoming what she called "a real threat to people's rights."

"This truly is a turning point, a pivotal time for us to step up and take back what our Texas is and should be," Davis told CNN.

Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said it's too early to accept defeat on the abortion issue.

"You never give up," Richards said, holding out hope Republican lawmakers would reconsider.

"You'd hope they might rethink their position. All we can do is make sure is that the voices of women and men and families in this state are heard."


Filed under: Abortion • Texas • Wendy Davis
soundoff (404 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Shame on you Rick Perry! If you have any thoughts of running for national office, you can forget about it. Women of Texas(men too), make your voices heard and vote those republican panty raiders out of office next election.

    July 9, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. just sayin

    Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said it's too early to accept defeat on the abortion issue.
    "You never give up," Richards said, holding out hope Republican lawmakers would reconsider.
    "You'd hope they might rethink their position. All we can do is make sure is that the voices of women and men and families in this state are heard."
    -–

    what about the voices of all the babies you are murdering? do their screams for life not matter one iota to you? please rename your organization to what it truly is... planned murder.

    July 9, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. rs

    This is called "winning the battle and losing the war". Their ultra-radicalism will be the GOP's undoing with the vast majority of voters.

    July 9, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. M.A.P.

    @justsayin

    "babies" aren't "babies" when they are a little blog inside a womb. Theyhave no voices because they have no brains or vocal chords. Grow up and learn something instead of regurgitating your lies from the old lousy book of lies.

    July 9, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. rs

    what about the voices of all the babies you are murdering? do their screams for life not matter one iota to you? please rename your organization to what it truly is... planned murder.
    ________________________
    Your solution? Make all women of reproductive age 2nd (or third) class citizens, behind men, rapists, and zygotes. Meanwhile, take away any structure that would have prevented abortion in the first place: Sex Education; available birth control; reproductive health services.
    No, its clear- YOU see women as inferior and unable to make decisions over thier own bodies. YOU prefer government regulate their uterus and reproductive cycles.

    July 9, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -just sayin

    Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said it's too early to accept defeat on the abortion issue.
    "You never give up," Richards said, holding out hope Republican lawmakers would reconsider.
    "You'd hope they might rethink their position. All we can do is make sure is that the voices of women and men and families in this state are heard."
    -–

    what about the voices of all the babies you are murdering? do their screams for life not matter one iota to you? please rename your organization to what it truly is... planned murder.
    *******************
    Ah yes, baby, its what's for dinner.....coming from the shill for every rightie cause out there, and remembering the way you dismissed the carnage in our streets from gun violance, I'm surprised you don't run around with a pair of forceps and a suction machine around your neck.

    July 9, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    what about the voices of all the babies you are murdering? do their screams for life not matter one iota to you? please rename your organization to what it truly is... planned murder.
    ------------------------------------------------
    So we should call the NRA what it actually is...We Care About Profits & DGAF Who Gets Killed. Has a nice ring to it don't ya think?

    July 9, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Warren

    "just saying" What about the millions of unwanted children that are abused and murdered everyday because "woman" were forced to have them ?

    July 9, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Michael

    "babies" aren't "babies" when they are a little blog inside a womb. Theyhave no voices because they have no brains or vocal chords. Grow up and learn something instead of regurgitating your lies from the old lousy book of lies.
    """"""""""`
    Aren't you glad your mother didn't feel that way about?

    July 9, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. MaryM

    Wendy Davis, thank you for trying The fact of the matter is that if the Texas bill passes it will be overturned just like the recent Arizona anti-abortion law. A federal court in May 2013, struck down an Arizona law banning abortions after 20 weeks. Just a waste of time and Lots of money for the citizens in Texas.

    July 9, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. rs

    Michael

    "babies" aren't "babies" when they are a little blog inside a womb. Theyhave no voices because they have no brains or vocal chords. Grow up and learn something instead of regurgitating your lies from the old lousy book of lies.
    """"""""""`
    Aren't you glad your mother didn't feel that way about?
    _____________________
    Not that one would have been self-aware enough at that point to notice.

    July 9, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. Tom Pryor

    this will help insure Hillary gets elected President in 2016.

    July 9, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    -Michael

    "babies" aren't "babies" when they are a little blog inside a womb. Theyhave no voices because they have no brains or vocal chords. Grow up and learn something instead of regurgitating your lies from the old lousy book of lies.
    """"""""""`
    Aren't you glad your mother didn't feel that way about?
    ***********
    If he were not there as a result of his mother's decision, whom would you have addressed your meaningless question to? Too bad your own mother did not follow family planning more: one contraceptive would have spared us from more meaningless philosphical drivel from the so-called " Right to Life" crowd, whose interest in children ceases at the moment of their birth.

    July 9, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Lance

    Well, it looks like things worked out for the best in the end.

    Good work and focus Rick Perry.

    Welcome to the real world Wendy Davis.

    July 9, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. Pander Bear

    I personally applaud Rick Perry for forcing this bill. He's guaranteed that he will never be elected President and by association, made it just about impossible for any Republican to win the White House. Pyrrhic victories are the only ones the GOP will enjoy going forward.

    July 9, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. Revolution

    Our voices have been heard! Pro life!

    July 9, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. daboys777

    Hopefully Texas will wake up and realize that the GOP is no longer the republican party but merely America's version of the Taliban. Ideological purity, compromise as weakness, a fundamentalist belief in scriptural literal-ism, denying science, unmoved by facts, undeterred by new information, a hostile fear of progress, a demonization of education, a need to control women’s bodies, severe xenophobia, tribal mentality, intolerance of dissent and a pathological hatred of the U.S. government.
    They can call themselves the Tea Party. They can call themselves conservatives and they can even call themselves Republicans, though Republicans certainly shouldn't. But we should call them what they are. The American Taliban.

    July 9, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. Vik100

    Defending women's right to kill unborn babies???? Shame on you!!

    July 9, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. Michael

    Up until 1973 or thereabouts, the Catholic Church determined that life began at birth. Then, after Roe v. Wade, everything changed. The evangelical right began the infamous "life begins at conception" BS. Sorry, folks, it doesn't. Unless and until a fetus can survive unaided outside the womb and exhibits human characteristics, that argument doesn't hold water. Is a group of cells that is indistguishable as "human" actually alive? People need to define "life" and what "being human" really means. More to the point, it is the woman's body. Women are not slaves, chattel to be dictated to by a small group of predominantly white pharts that want to control everything ... up to the point when the child is born; then, they care not one wit. Hypocrites ...

    July 9, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. TK

    Saying that this bill is "hotly contested" in Texas is incorrect. The rest of the nation may view it that way, but one woman filibustering the bill's first attempt to pass is definitely not representative of the majority of Texans.

    July 9, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. Objective thinker

    I I think it's a good compromise for both sides. Asking doctors who carry-out abortions to be better qualified, and stopping abortions after 4 months of pregnancy. Does anyone need more than 4 months to make that decision? This doesn't effect if ia woman needs a late term abortion for her own health.

    On a side note – Why can one be charged with double murder for killing a pregnant woman, but on the other hand abortion is legal?

    July 9, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. Fair is Fair

    M.A.P.

    @justsayin

    "babies" aren't "babies" when they are a little blog inside a womb. Theyhave no voices because they have no brains or vocal chords.
    ------–
    Hey... if it helps you sleep at night. Meanwhile, science is proving more and more every day that life begins at conception. If a single-cell organism was found on Mars, you'd probably be the first to scream out "life found on another planet"... but not so much if a fetus was found there, eh?

    July 9, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. Cynthia

    If fetii are viable, offer a late-term abortion candidate, including those who are given the horrible news that their 20+ week fetus has some condition that makes survival unlikely, the option for a Cesarean and a state incubator. No harm, no foul as long as there is some semblance of life, never mind quality thereof or complication-induced existence, right?

    July 9, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Aerin

    birth in the U.S. costs on average $18,329 for a vaginal delivery.

    That's just for child birth.

    Who the heck is going to feed, clothe, shelter, educate and give health care to ALL these UNWANTED KIDS???

    July 9, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. David L

    I look at this pragmatically. Outlawing abortions won't stop them , it will only make them unsafe.
    Do you think the Texas Dept of Health will keep statistics on how many young women die from botched back alley abortions?...don't hold you're breath!
    If you want to reduce abortions ( I agree its a noble goal!) provide COMPLETE sex education for Texas children , and provide them with contraceptives!
    Do you want to reduce the number of late term abortions? provide pregnancy tests free of cost and make early pregnancy terminations easy to obtain.

    July 9, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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