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. Richard

    Many people are claiming that the passing of this bill would mean that "the voice of the people wasn't heard", but that couldn't be farther from the truth. They are making this claim because during the filibuster, the capitol building was packed with supporters of Davis and , in fact, it was the constant shouting of these supporters that ultimately stopped the bill from getting passed that night. However, the people in the capitol that night do NOT represent the voice of the people of Texas, only the people of Austin. It's not like proportionately equal numbers of individuals from each part of the state drove to witness the session that night. The fact that the majority of state representative voted to pass the bill means that passing the bill IS the voice of the people. Let's not forget that we live in a country (and state) of representative democracy, not impromptu populism.

    July 9, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Veeblefester

    If you can win by the rules, cheat! It's the Republican way!

    July 9, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Candy Came

    Democrats don't want details or the truth. They want blissful ignorance when they choose.

    Just for GUESS

    July 9, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. TeddyN

    With the dictator in Texas deciding he was going to call it quits, i hope all Democrats take over the Gov, Hose and Senate. It is time for Texans to enjoy being free and not have an idiot like Perry making up his own rules. Thank the good Lord he is not running again

    July 9, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. texas

    libs, hate Texas because it is a successful state with a booming economy. It is the perfect example of every thing that is wrong with lib politics and policies.

    July 9, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. Humans Are A Failure

    I am pro choice, but don't fool yourselves, you are killing a human being.
    I don't believe in super being overlords in case you were wondering. I make my own decisions.

    July 9, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Summer

    What about those parents who find out there child will have a severe condition that will never allow them to have a normal life, what about those who miscarry and need one after 20 weeks. I am all for pro-life, but a normal life and one that will be miserable should be left to the parents.

    July 9, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. faboge

    let the hillbilly fry in his own fat! You get the government you deserve!

    July 9, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. susan maddern

    i am so sick of hearing it's my body so I have rights.I say use birth control so you don't have to make that choice! Little babies have rights what about them!!!!

    July 9, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. J Ro

    Here's a compromise... you keep your religious beliefs to yourself, and I will do the same with my intelligence.

    What's the difference between the Tea Party and the Taliban?

    July 9, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Badly-Bent

    Call your representative, let them you you will hold them accountable for thier vote on this issue!

    July 9, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. Whataboutlove?

    Abortion rights are not about right or wrong, good or evil , fair or unfair, moral or immoral or religion. It’s not about the mother, the father or the government. It’s all about love to that human being that is forming in a mother’s womb. Regardless of what the legal definition of a human being is, at 20 weeks, there is a "being" that moves, that reacts to the sound of a familiar voice, that sleeps and wakes up. He/she did not ask to be conceived. Things do happen. We all make mistakes and lots of women are victims of abuse that result in unwanted pregnancies, but…what about that helpless being that will suffer the abortion procedure? What about his defenselessness, her suffering, his pain, her terror? Who will love them enough to save their lives?

    July 9, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. gstlab3

    All this stuff is about the poor poor woman.,
    nothing about the allmost ready to be born baby that is being ripped apart in a clinic setting much like a dentists office and nothing about good jobs for the would be fathers of these murdered babies.

    July 9, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. MaryM

    Thank you for trying Wendy. There is no exception in the Texas bill for rape or incest. What does that tell you about the GOP. The GOP politicians do not give a crap about women At All.

    July 9, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. gstlab3

    kill the baby and destroy your soul in one quick no questions asked procedure.,

    these women should be sterilized as a matter of course if having a baby is such a horrible thing.

    July 9, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. texas

    let poor jobless basement dwelling lib continue his worthless life of video games and hating.

    July 9, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. GiveMeABreak

    Opponents of this bill should relax – the law, if passed and signed will be struck in Federal Court.

    July 9, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Candy Came

    For Brian the bigot. Can you understand people from Maine, Boston, Louisiana , Kansas , Canada. Probably not. That must make you really dumb!

    July 9, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. texas

    @J Ro the difference is you are member of the Taliban, the teaparty wouldn't let you in.

    July 9, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. short-term

    Texas will do its darndest to pull us backward, but progress always wins.

    July 9, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Me


    If you want a republican to car about you, remain a zygote.

    To all you "Abortion is murder" crazies out there, how about banning male masturbation too? 2 minutes of pleasure can kill millions of unborn babies!

    Are you serious, man the left has really ran out of any valid talking points now!!! Have to have an egg and man juice to create a baby you IDIOT!!!!!!! I always knew being smart was not a quality the left had but this bring stupidity to a new level!!! LOL

    July 9, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. texas

    babies can survive out side the mother at 20 weeks. Don't worry, libs will abort themselves out of existence.

    July 9, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. susan maddern

    I am glad i raised my daughters to respect life and at least can live with the fact they always made good choices when it came to aboration that was never an obition!

    July 9, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. Matt from CT

    No mention of her using a catheter? I don't care who you are, that's funny.

    July 9, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. texas


    try reading the bill

    July 9, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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