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."

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  1. jenny

    Popular state senator, I don't think so. She will never be elected in Texas again. People will actually pay attention when she runs and the vast majority of us know that putting limits on abortions after 20 weeks is common sense. My goodness if you get pregnant and wait to abort at 19 weeks, you need need to be sterilized. Everything else in the bill is helpful to women and simple safety precautions.

    July 9, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. bob baden

    I thought Texas wanted to break off from the literate states. Couldn't happen soon enough. Some 26 million people live in Texas, sharing three or four brain cells and we're shocked when they act like this.

    July 9, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. optimistmiser

    Welfare subsidies for the poor should be limited to only the first 2 children of a family. Subsidies should be sharply reduced or eliminated for families with more than 2 children on the number of children in excess of 2. That would discourage many poor who game the system from having more children. Whether this would reduce or increase abortions among the poor is unknown.

    July 9, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    Oh... My...

    NO more Lib / Progressive compassion !!!

    Their brains vacuumed out;
    their arms and legs pulled off;
    their tiny hearts shredded;
    their little skulls crushed.

    Delicate fingers and toes
    Hey Dude...
    "I" am TELLING you "that" is just... medical waste.


    July 9, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Mensaman

    There is a feeling in America that is leading to a re-think of the abortion position. It may be the ultrasound technology that lets people see a living breathing human at 20 weeks.
    Our laws state that if a pregnant woman is killed, the murderer is tried for two murders – her and the child.
    A nation is judged by how it treats the least among us.
    I feel the liberals were on the wrong side of history on this one and that they realize it and are softening to the position of choosing human life.
    I think this Texas law will protect women and unborn children by improving sanitation and regulatory standards at abortion clinics an protect human life at 20 weeks plus. How can any compassionate person be against that?

    July 9, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. optimistmiser

    Only the first 2 or 3 abortions should be eligible for subsidy. This may encourage a percentage of women who rely on abortions as a birth control method to make other choices to avoid pregnancy. Exception would be incest or rape.

    July 9, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. really the only question

    So when does a baby's right to life overide the mother's desire to kill it? This has nothing to do with healthcare or choice. It is a civil rights issue far more than gay marriage is a civil rights issue.

    July 9, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. ThinkNow

    God himself gave us free will to choose. As a christian its my duty to help expectant mothers to choose life (through counseling) and provide support, but the ultimate choice is the woman's. She must choose based on her own moral and religious beliefs, the state has no business in this choice.

    July 9, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Luke

    I agree with this. After 20 weeks it is nothing but murder. I guess if murder becomes legal then this should be a debatable bill.

    July 9, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. Lisa P.


    If we dont protect unborn humans -> we dont protect life -> we dont protect 1 month old babies -> infanticide is OK.
    July 9, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm

    If you can't figure out the difference between an "Unborn human" (i.e., embryo or fetus) and a one month old infant then you have no business bringing children into the world. You simply don't have a clue. Care, feeding, cleaning, teaching, learning: that's what makes a human being, not a set of species-specific DNA or a theological construct. Experiences, interactions, relationships. We don't spring from the womb as full human beings but as beings capable of becoming human. And before that we are just little clumps of potential human being, entirely dependent on the life or death decisions of the one caregiver God has provided for us. Don't like it? Go argue with God that people should lay eggs - then everybody could get involved in growing fetuses, even busybodies like you.

    July 9, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Me

    The Real Tom Paine

    -just sayin

    "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.

    babies are viable outside the womb at 23-24 weeks with today's technology. so you have no problem with using that as a cut off for abortions right? have you ever seen a picture of an aborted baby? they are not 'little blog', they are little dead human beings.

    why does the left always try to change the language and terms of things from what they truly are?
    Then why does the right always abandon its responsibility for the effects of the policies they promote? If you truly " care" about these babies, then do something about making sure they are loved and cared for. If you devoted a fraction of the energy to that, instead of perpetual name-calling, every kid in the country would be a success. BY the way, do you want to pay for the cost of all the those kids u insist you care about? How about the increased cost of health care for them? Are you willing to pay for the schools for them? Did not think so. You would step on them to get to head of the line at an ice cream shop.

    Liberals are so backwards it is sickening, how about NOT GETTING PREGNANT in the first place if you don't want a kid???????? And don't give me the crap about providing birth control, if you want to do the nasty, you pay for birth control, pretty simple yes?????? I want to go swimming so does that mean you liberals will buy my swimming suit??? And for the record, I am half way, I think women should have the choice BUT it needs to be done in a proper setting/hospital (since it is a medical procedure) and should be done by week 20 or maybe week 25 (the fetus has a brain and is pretty much developed by this time, making it a baby at this point not a fetus!)!

    July 9, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Luke

    I agree with this. After 20 weeks the child is most definitely alive. If murder becomes legal, then I guess this bill should be debatable, but until then, this is common sense.

    July 9, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. devin

    "unfortunately the voices that have been crying out against this bill are not being heard". And now, fortunately, the voices of the unborn crying out will be heard.

    July 9, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Guest

    We need tougher restrictions. Just look what Gosnell did for yrs and yrs.

    July 9, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. dan

    I love how men are still dictating to women what they can and can not do!! If men had babies I wonder if anyone would even know the word "abortion". Doubt it. Republicans don't mind taking out american families, firing american workers, killing people around the world just as long as its for profit. Hide behind the needs of a corporation. That's fine. But women taking control of their destiny? Oh no, I don't think so. There's no profit in it.

    July 9, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. Chris

    My wife was raped – brutally – and became pregnant. So I guess those of you who oppose Wendy and her group would have forced her to carry that baby and raise it as a constant reminder of the crime that was committed upon her. You are the ones who have no morals.
    I am sorry for what happened to your wife but I believe there are exceptions for situation just like that where they are allowed anytime throughout the pregnancy same for if it is harmful to the mother or threatening the mother’s life!! And I bet most conservatives agree there should be exceptions for situations like that!!!!

    July 9, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. Jules

    I am definitely pro choice but I think that 20 weeks is plenty of time to have made your decision. However, I am appalled at this blatent action that will effectively close all but 4 clinics in the whole state. Women are still going to seek out abortions and those who can't come up with the money to travel are going to be seeking to have one performed illegally. This is already a safe medical procedure and the call to make it safer is an out and out lie proposed by a bunch of old men.

    Oh and whoever asked about a misscarriage and abortion after, no that is not what it is, those will still be legal because it is harmful to the mother to leave dead fetal tissue in her body.

    July 9, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. boyscout

    This is an attack against freedom, women, and planned parenthood. A government does not have the right to decide this issue especially to appease some church support. This needs to be challenged in the highest court. Texas is not an islamic country and one religion no matter how many people belong to it have the right to impose their beliefs on others.

    July 9, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. Chris


    The American Taliban will now cost we the people MORE MONEY as this winds its way through the courts just like WI and OK's.

    That is true, liberals are costing this nation trillions!!!!!!!!!!

    July 9, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. Sheila

    Sure – pass a law allowing the murdering of babies. If a partial-birth abortion, I would require the mother to the actual killing – if they see how their babies look, maybe it would deter others. Watch a video of an abortion – see the pain the baby goes through, watch it's little mouth open when it cries in pain. Watch as the limbs are torn from it's little body! Could you do that to a baby that has been born? A baby can live outside the womb at 20-25 weeks. Go ahead – it's disgusting.

    July 9, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. john

    Don't mess with Texas Wendy... loo. You delayed a bill that helps womens and children's health plus creates much safer conditions for the LAST OPTION abortion if it needs to be performed. The big mistake coward Wendy Davis made was to get in bed with all the Huffington feminazis. She and the planned abortion crowd bussed in a bunch of out of state agitators to disrupt our democratic ptocesses. The good op boys in Austin don't mind a good dustup when necessary but they wont tolerate outside monkeying, especially by a bunch of radical fascists. By the time those boys get done with her she couldn't become dogcatcher. Bye Wendy. My condolences for your sheer stupidity...

    July 9, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. Don

    Does anybody here think there's any chance of the 20-week limit being upheld by the Supreme Court in light of its existing "right to a second-trimester abortion" (which, presumably, is 24 weeks) ruling in Roe v. Wade?

    July 9, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. doasisay


    "Interesting how everyone in favor of abortion has already been born..."

    This has to be the funniest thing I have read all day! Perhaps, ever!

    July 9, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. Real Texan

    People claiming this is what Texans want are dead wrong. Maybe this is what a majority of Texans want, but the the rights of the minority shall not be trampled on! This is about the religious trying to hijack our government and make a religious state! The same crap happened in Egypt and Turkey, whereby a religious majority wanted to vote their way to a religious state. It's no wonder every country with a religious government is a total cesspool. The Christians in the US would have us follow their narrow moral code, by law if necessary. I say no damn way!

    July 9, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. Me


    What happens in a person body is their issue to deal with not Congress, or any legislative body. Since when are conservatives so quick to give up an individual liberty? This isn't about conservative or liberal, this is about religion infecting politics. Should a Muslim or Jewish Red state ban eating pork? Should a Hindu red state ban beef? Religious beliefs have no place in our politics. Old fat white men have no place legislating what a woman can do with her body. Using the NRA think, if you give one inch then whats next? Abortions should be safe and rare. But in any event up to the woman.

    By your logic suicide should be legal then, it is "my" body!!! Why no fight to legalize suicide liberals???

    July 9, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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