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. California

    Democrats support the Kermit Gosnells of this country.

    July 9, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. Buddy

    True Texas don't appreciate baby killing. So yeah, the bill will pass, and pass handily.

    July 9, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. Me

    James PDX

    Mike said – Abortion is murder, plain and simple.
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    Then so is male masturbation, any form of birth control, and abstinence. All of these things prevent a human from forming just as effectively, or possibly more so, than abortion.
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    Get a clue James, have you liberals ran out of valid arguments??? The egg and man juice must become one before it is life, maybe you need to learn about the birds and bee huh????

    July 9, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Texas Women

    @texas

    A fetus born before 24 weeks only has a 50% chance of survival and the 50% that do survive can have major complications and lasting health problems. Who is gong to help cover the cost for these families? All the men in the Texas Legislature? A fetus at 20 weeks is not almost fully developed. Their lungs are not even developed until at least 32 weeks. Last time I checked my uterus was in MY body, not yours, and NOT the Texas Legislature. Maybe all the women politicians should get together and propose a bill banning all erectile dysfunction drugs. If men are going to tell me what I can and can't do with MY body, then women should be able to tell a man what he can and can't do with his d*ck. I may never in my life choose to have an abortion, but I SHOULD be able to make that choice with my doctor and my family, the Texas Legislature should stay OUT of it.

    July 9, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Norman

    doesnt matter what the retarded religious kooks do in Texas-the federal law always INSTANTLY overrides these wacko laws (check out Wisconsin today)-just wasting time and tax money. Americans will ALWAYS choose CHOICE-they may be against abortion in principle, but they will NEVER tolerate forcing a woamn to carry a fetus to term. Stay out of our wombs you backwards rednecks!!!

    July 9, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. iamstopper

    I am all in favor of a woman's right to choose, up until that child is a viable human being, at that moment it cannot just be the woman's right to choose, that human life must also have their human rights. Can someone tell me on the Left how it is possible that if you murder a pregnant woman you get charged with two counts of murder, but a woman can choose to kill that child at any point in time right now with absolute impugnity? You simply cannot have it both ways.

    July 9, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Pat

    Based on what happened to the Wisconsin bill this morning, the Texas bill, if it passes, is likely to be halted by the State's Supreme Court.

    July 9, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. mikespeir

    Sometimes I'm really ashamed to be a Texan.

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

    mountainlady

    As long as women are regarded a little more than walking wombs in this country they will never have full citizenship or full human rights. Up to the point of being viable outside the uterus, fetuses are part of a woman's body and she has the right to determine what will happen to that body. I want every man who rants about the rights of the unborn to put their legs up in stirrups and let someone shove their hands into you....to be forced (as the law says in some states) to allow someone to shove instruments inside you (and all this in front of witnesses). I want them to endure labor and childbirth. Then, of course, if they have no family support, they get to give their lives over to raising a child for at least 18 years and risk criticism and judgment every step of the way for how they handle this responsibility. If after going through all this men still believe that fetuses are more important than women, THEN they can vote accordingly.
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    FAIL, don't get pregnant!!! Pretty simple huh??? LOL Birth control is not that expensive and NO the tax payers should NOT foot the bill for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 9, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. name

    Fundamentalis christian beliefs win again. So much for separation of church and state.

    July 9, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. David c.

    True Republicans are closeted Taliban.

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

    Its all nonsense. Pass a Law that makes it mandatory for every woman and man / if involved, to attend a 1-2 hour awareness class before the parent to be / woman can get an OK to go ahead with the pregnancy or to terminate before 16 months. Seems everyone is out to dictate their morals or lack of morals to demand their prejudices be placed on every woman in any and every situation conceivable. Make it a drivers education type class with PRO and CON counselors available to answer any questions. In TEXAS..... make the STATE pay for it. These mindless debates over children who will be born to mothers who are lacking the ability to compete with their own conscience has no end in sight and this is not the answer to all answers. Given more information and options, I believe that all parents to be can make an honest, informed and Personal Decision, THEIR decision on what steps to take for themselves, the child growing and not a decision made by some mindless NON choice driven fool who does not know the mental needs of ALL Involved. Save yourself before you try saving the lives of others. That SAVING is accomplished by caring for the young and afflicted that are already alive, on EARTH and need the help, hope and compassion needed by those with a JONES to do for others what they cannot do for themselves

    July 9, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. stormsun

    Apparently, civil disagreements are no longer possible in America. If you don't agree with "their" position or "our" position, you are not only wrong, you are subject ridicule and character assassination. You are the enemy.

    Disagreement is a consequence of freedom of thought and expression. Hold whatever view you like, but be respectful of others. And just maybe, you might even DEFEND the rights of others, even when their opinions are different from your own. One day it may be your views and your rights that are trampled on by the well-intentioned mob.

    July 9, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. alf564

    Ah the Rick Perrys strike again...This dictator wants to be president of the USA...can anyone imagine him in that position!
    He would be no different that the Muslims in their treatment of women ....

    July 9, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. CJB

    The most infuriating thing about Wendy Davis is that she ran as a conservative dem. Then she gets in office and tries to pass her own agenda. As a voter in Texas – this makes me mad as hell that she does not hold true to her word. Who of you out there would want to vote for someone and then have them change course while in office. She will never win office in Texas again.

    July 9, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. Lisa P.

    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.
    July 9, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm
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    "Innocent" only for lack of opportunity. Who are you to say which are the truly innocent and which the murderers just waiting for their chance? Nothing stops sin in its' tracks like abortion. Fundamentalists need to think this thing through.

    July 9, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. California

    Interesting how democrats will use strawman and redhering arguments when it suits their agendas.

    July 9, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. DH

    Gosnell bloody coat hanger abortions will be on the hands of the Republican Party as they continue their assault on women. Abortions will not stop because you close regulated planned parenthood clinics they will move to gosnell unregulated places.....shame on you Repubs.
    We can not register voters fast enough in every state to put repubs in the hole with Romney.

    July 9, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  19. TexDoc

    Moving the gestational date for elective aboriton to 20 weeks, as long as there is exceptions for health of the mother for later terminations. The clinics that are 'slated' for closure, don't have to close if they can come into compliance with safety measures int he law. Aboriton is not outlawed in this bill.

    July 9, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  20. diluded000

    An egg ain't a chicken.

    July 9, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. alf564

    I think that Buddy is a true Muslim .... look at his comment .... right in there with the osama's We hate women and they should stay in their places, barefoot and pregnant...never let them out on the street without a male relative as an escort.
    Sharia law will rule in the state of TEXAS

    July 9, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. Jean Sartre

    "True Texas don't appreciate baby killing. So yeah, the bill will pass, and pass handily.'

    TRUE TEXANS just celebrated the KILLING of their 500th HUMAN BEING ON DEATH ROW... all this state knows how to do is KILL ITS CITIZENS...

    July 9, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. California

    DH

    Gosnell bloody coat hanger abortions will be on the hands of the Republican Party as they continue their assault on women. Abortions will not stop because you close regulated planned parenthood clinics they will move to gosnell unregulated places.....shame on you Repubs.
    We can not register voters fast enough in every state to put repubs in the hole with Romney.
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    You people already support him so you're not fooling anyone.

    July 9, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. Me

    rs

    brewgeek

    what I also find amusing is the Left is complaining that the bill is being pushed through without hearing opposition......like the Right complained about the gun laws the Left put in...... It's Ok when I do it, just not when you do......silly
    ______________________________
    And just what gun laws got passed- in the last 20 years? Ummm, none?
    ___________________________
    Lets see, CT banned ARs, CO passed some very restrictive bills, should I go one??? Numerous states have passed NUMBEROUS bills since DECEMBER ALONE!!!!! This is the problem with liberals today, you are not honest one little bit!!!!!

    July 9, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  25. keven

    Texas will have pregnancy prisons next. If your pregnant and not a right wing Republican, they're gonna lock you up until you have the baby.
    Course after THAT, you and the baby are on you own. They don't believe "welfare" or anything else that helps poor or uneducated people.
    Thats where they're righteous indignation ends.
    The almighty dollar is supreme

    July 9, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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