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

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. Wondering

    chew
    Jim
    So abortion is murder but 500 inmates put to death by the state isn't?
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    One is a murderer, the other is an innocent life.
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    Care to bet your life that all 500 were 100% guilty?

    July 9, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. texas

    @Me

    20 week baby is almost fully developed idiot.

    July 9, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. not a woman

    how bout all us men leave this up to the people who are having babies, GUESS WHO IS NOT HAVING BABIES???

    July 9, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. susan maddern

    Babies have rights to!

    July 9, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. texas

    @Wondering equating killing criminals to unborn babies qualifies you for the lunatic of the year award.

    July 9, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. MaryM

    @texas, you try reading the bill. No exception for rape or incest

    July 9, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. ElGiblet

    Comparing the death penalty to abortion is about as ignorant as a Democrat.

    July 9, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Andrew

    What's the difference between Texas and Syria? Not bloody much.

    July 9, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Larry L

    @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.
    =============================
    The Texas economy "boomed" because the BRAC relocated huge levels of federal work to Texas, economic refugees moved to Texas for low wages, and the fracking industry was allowed to trash our environment w/o worry of environmental protection. Added to those factors our Government witheld monies to schools, healthcare, and infrastructure. Results of these things are a perfect example of right-wing government. The rich got richer.

    July 9, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. norm

    Funny in my country we'd beat the living crap out of anybody who tried to control our bodies or our decisions.. over there in craphole USA gulag #1 in America.. you get down on your knees and beg for government to control you! Hey Texas.. you haven't had enough young men die overseas for your stupidity now you want to kill off your young women too in backroom abortions??? OK no problem, but keep it in texas.. the less of you retards the better anyhow. Now go shoot your neighbor for stepping on your lawn, wimps.

    July 9, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. DJ Reality

    If a state says you can't get an abortion than it should pay the mother to have the child. I should pay them 400 dollars a week and all the doctor bills then place it in an orphanage. They need to put their money were their mouth is and take responsibility for their actions. Make birth control free....

    July 9, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Sam

    I just don't understand how an impartial news site can get away with identifying Wendy Davis as "popular" and the bill that she is so publicly opposing as "controversial."

    It seems to me the governor is popular in the state (evidenced by his three consecutive victories), the other legislators supporting the bill are equally as popular as she is (in their respective districts) and the bill is as popular among its proponents as it is unpopular among its opponents.

    July 9, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. gmenfan54

    What do you expect from a state where they marry their cousin's.

    July 9, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. xxdrzombiexx

    Republicans are bum-rushing a variety of anti-choice, anti-women legislation though Texas and a variety of others states and the pattern is the same: Ramrod it through. If the rules allow dissent and filibuster, reconvene. If Dems tried to do such a thing (which I'd welcome) we would go DEAF from the unholy Repub poutrage.

    It is a war on YOU, people and the answer is to flood your satehouses, and occupy them. Repubs have gamed mthe system, hobbled the democratic process and they ban on your adhering to 'decorum' and being polite so they can force their ugly agenda through your state and then onto you.

    Do you want to win or lose? Stand UP if you want to win or its the Handmaid's tale for you.

    #republicanbumrush

    July 9, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. xxdrzombiexx

    Republicans are bum-rushing a variety of anti-choice, anti-women legislation though Texas and a variety of others states and the pattern is the same: Ramrod it through. If the rules allow dissent and filibuster, reconvene. If Dems tried to do such a thing (which I'd welcome) we would go DEAF from the unholy Repub poutrage.

    It is a war on YOU, people and the answer is to flood your satehouses, and occupy them. Repubs have gamed mthe system, hobbled the democratic process and they ban on your adhering to 'decorum' and being polite so they can force their ugly agenda through your state and then onto you.

    #republicanbumrush

    July 9, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. ChrisM

    @texas, you try reading the bill. No exception for rape or incest. The GOP do not give a crap about Women

    July 9, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. Larry L

    Abortion is a tool for the fat-cats to use to get Republican votes. Think about it... the gays, guns and god issues cost the rich nothing and most of the people energized by social those issues have nothing in common with the mega-rich who control the GOP. It's how the Republicans can ignore the rights of women and minorities, and trample on the middle-class and poor, and trash the environment – without completely losing the votes needed to win state elections.

    July 9, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. bob

    At 20 weeks, a fetus is not viable. That is the standard set by the supreme court. A heart beat, feeling pain, brain development... none of that matters if the fetus is not viable. This law is in violation of federal law.

    July 9, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. optimistmiser

    Evidently the majority of voters in Texas voted in the majority of state representatives who are representing the majority position on this subject. Don't agree with it, but that is how a Democracy within a Republic works.

    July 9, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. Ote

    What about listening to the voices of the unborn human beings? Why are liberals discriminating against them and denying them human rights? The most basic right being the right to live itself. Libs are such selfish children.

    July 9, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. JB

    What about when the ultrasound shows the fetus' brain has not developed and will be totally disabled. That type of discovery may only show up in the third trimester. And, sad as it is, wouldn't it be better to abort at 20+ weeks than give birth to a child who will never have a chance at a normal life at all. That's why this decision should not be made by politicians but by families and doctors on individual cases.

    July 9, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. wcnea567

    Perry want smaller government for big businesses but bigger government for women.

    July 9, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. John Richard

    The law will be overturned. Period. Perry wants to use the political capitol to vault him to the front of the next presidential election cycle by exciting his base – old white men. Trouble is that they are dying off. If he makes it to the general election he will have to face the growing legion of young, gays, minorities and women that ran Romney off the road last time. The more the republican party doubles down the more out of touch they are with the electorate in whole. I'm all in!

    July 9, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. gus308

    Its not the twenty weeks that is the issue. its the other things in the bill that would shut down almost all of the clinics that is the problem.

    July 9, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. alpenglow

    No matter what the issue is, the supporters chanting "Hail Satan" sure is not helping.

    July 9, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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