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. Marie MD

    I have been saying for months that they are attacking everyone "not them" from the state level )governor) down (district reps).
    Red governors and their minions need to go, period! They lie to win the election and they go back on their promises. Governors are the worst because we are tuck with them for six long years!

    July 9, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Diana

    Can't help but notice that the majority of folks making pompous, uninformed statements about viability and embryology are men. I have delivered 20 week miscarriages and the fetus is not viable. Twenty-four weekers are iffy and if they do survive often have terrible neurologic deficits (which I might remind you, cost the taxpayer lots of money in special education). It is ludicrous for a state to put 500 people to death in its prisons while screeching about the sanctity of life – what hypocrisy.

    July 9, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. Lisa P.


    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

    The wrongful death of a wanted fetus is an offense against the mother who has committed herself and her body to its growth and development. If the mother chooses not to put in the effort and resources to bring a fetus to term then it was never anything but a clump of differentiated cells. Anti-abortion people always seem to conveniently forget just how much the pregnant woman brings to the equation. Would you call a pile of steel, plastic and rubber a car? Not likely.

    July 9, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. David

    Remember when Texas cut funding to Planned Parenthood and these same people cheered about it? Yet they immediately realized that the cut would cost them far more in future expenses and they scrambled to fix their mistake? The lack of foresight is unbelievable.

    July 9, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. nolan22erickson

    I remain confused how the ongoing Genocide and Slaughter of Human life is a "Hotly Contested issue".

    July 9, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. BO


    July 9, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. nolan22erickson

    I remain confused how the ongoing Slaughter and Genocide of human life is a "Hotly contested Issue."

    July 9, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. Tenie

    Men, get a uterus, then you get an opinion. Otherwise shut up and get a vasectomy.

    July 9, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. Kajal Deepak

    NO ONE has a "right to live" at the physical expense of another person, and this doesn't change if that person is a woman. You don't have that right, I don't, and an embryo doesn't.
    Let us not pretend this is about "saving lives" or "each human life is precious" – if it was, you would be agitating against the American Army (you do realize that soldiers take human lives and are paid and felicitated for that?), or agitating to make organ donation after death mandatory, or agitating for mandatory blood draws to supply blood banks. Or, AT THE LEAST, you would be asking that homeless people, when in situations of starvation or hypothermia, be allowed to violate rich people's property rights to "save their lives"?
    You are doing none of them. "Saving lives" cannot be conveniently applied to ONE specific gender and to ONE specific situation. That has nothing to do with saving lives, and everything to do with finding an excuse to take away personal rights and freedom

    I don't understand why people who are against abortion aren't against mastrubation.
    If an unviable thing is "life" to you, then whether you kill the egg and the sperm apart, or you kill them a couple weeks later after they have combined? What is the difference? none. Rationalizing and making up excuses aside, you are preventing "God's will" and a life from coming into being, either way

    July 9, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. Perry's Cash...

    Of course he is shoving this through... he's set to make too much money from it if it does not pass...

    July 9, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. Deb

    Would love to count the MALE responses to this story. You big, bad, redneck cowboys. What do any of you know about raising a child without any support? What do you know about being scared, young, maybe sick, uneducated, unable to care for a life? So cowboys don't want women to use birth control, have reproductive rights, allow little kids food stamps, housing or education. You guys are awesome.

    July 9, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. Joe

    More right wing gestapo legislation

    July 9, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. Greg

    To whoever posted this, "The wrongful death of a wanted fetus is an offense against the mother who has committed herself and her body to its growth and development. If the mother chooses not to put in the effort and resources to bring a fetus to term then it was never anything but a clump of differentiated cells. Anti-abortion people always seem to conveniently forget just how much the pregnant woman brings to the equation. Would you call a pile of steel, plastic and rubber a car? Not likely." You must be joking. Your analogy is not remotely applicable. By that analogy, the fetus would be a jumble of cells in both mom's wombs. Want a mother wants does not magically transform that bunch of cells into a baby. It happens quite naturally, without any outside help, regardless if the baby is wanted or not. I don't think the pregnant woman brings ANYTHING to the equation of whether this is a human child or not. And a car is a car. A pile of rubber and steel is NOT a car. Just like a human fetus is a baby, it is NOT a clump of differentiated cells. Do you know nothing of Biology? You same people would have a heart attack if an egg with a spotted owl was somehow disturbed in its' natural habitat. How do you live with yourselves? I'll never know.

    July 9, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. Bob G.

    "Blunder Boy" Rick Perry is not running for re-election as governor of Texas. It's time for non-misogynist Texans to stand up and vote for a governor that is not from the American Taliban (a.k.a. GOP).

    July 9, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. Frank

    Maybe all the women of Texas should move north. I'm not a supporter of abortion, but I can't deny a mother doing what's best for her child and herself. We have enough people in this country and the evidence is in the number of people on welfare greatly outnumber the open jobs market.

    July 9, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. Janie

    The voices of women and men are being heard wendy, THE UNBORN ONES!!!!! Texas still cares about people even in the womb. So proud of Texas, hope this bill passes.

    July 9, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. Real Texan

    In the event of terminal illness it should be. Physician-assisted suicide needs to come our way. Several cultures around the world in times past embraced an elder's decision to go out in the manner of their choice (atop a fire, for instance) as a matter of respect. The elder chose to die usually when their health began to fail them usually because they did not want to burden their family and because their quality of life was diminished. If that's someone's choice then let them do it, rather than placing stigma around it. As far as the depressed go, well, sometimes people need help getting through their issues. Get them the help they need, but with all the guns readily aavailable you can't legislate them into stopping.

    July 9, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. corndog man

    ha ha all that long-winded blabbering for nothing!

    July 9, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  19. Me

    cedar rapids

    'Yet if our society must have abortions, at least this bill gives mothers a fighting chance to live after their abortion doctor butchers the mother.
    It really makes no sense why Wendy and her ilk protest a bill that will actually make abortions more safe ... but we all know that's not really what you care about ... wink, wink.'

    you going to lie as well and claim its all about safety too? come on, you know you want too.....wink, wink.
    Got to love the hypocrisy of liberals, "this bill has a hidden motive" but when the Right says that about any bill (such as the gun control bill) they are just paranoid!!! HYPOCIRTES!!!!

    July 9, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  20. texasnotea

    It doesn't matter what you right to not have to follow the law if you don't agree with it gop'ers think anyway. Lawsuits will be filed, the State of Texas will spend millions of all the taxpayers dollars defending their illegal bill and it will be thrown out because the law, rvw, is the law of all the land which also includes Texas. Texas has been Perrylized by the dufus Rick and will be paying for his misgovernorship for fifty years. That's how long he sold Texas out for toll roads.

    July 9, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. Camel Flage

    That's just fine. Keep all the religious wackos right where they belong...in TX! It's a BIG deal with them!

    July 9, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. vinster76

    hooray for the pro-lifers, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    July 9, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  23. Jo Black

    Say let's spend hundreds of thousand no millions of tax dollars and time much wasted time on this pointless pose so that the Supreme Court can make it null. What a good use of taxpayer trust Mr. Perry.

    July 9, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  24. vinster76

    52 million folks, yes, that's right....52 million in 40 years – that's the number of abortions in just this country in 40 years....hard to believe that most of those are for rape, incest, and bad amniotic results....Sounds more like the disposable society has decided EVERYTHING is disposable....Don't like it? Thems the facts....live with them.....

    July 9, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  25. Buddy

    Embryology says a human embryo is a distinct human organism. Killing that human is murder.

    July 9, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
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