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
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  1. Equal Rights , Unequal Lefts

    People never finish the whole statement. "Its a woman's body, only she should have any say what happens to it" tends to fall a little short. The rest of it is "as long as she's paying for it. If others are footing the bill, it isn't only affecting her."

    July 9, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. david saint

    so GOP, tell me more about small govt please..oh, and since you think its ok to tell women what to do with their bodies, i think we should start the background check bill back up. and unless you want to be hypocrites, NO COMPLAINING THIS TIME!

    July 9, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. Former GOP

    she forgot the last 2 words......."FOR NOW"..............

    July 9, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. Kay's

    I will vote against anything that is against women's rights.

    July 9, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  5. Kay's

    Perry is just trying to get across his beliefs before leaving office. My hope is that people will see this for what it is. DESPERATION!

    July 9, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  6. gt

    How many kids does wendy davis have and she did not abort them? Shame! shame! Shame! Why do not you women that your life is not in danger, raped, or incest ask the father if he wants the kid. 90% would. Where is their god given right for reproduction?

    July 9, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  7. DB

    Woman should know within few weeks that she is pregnant and should not take 20 week to keep baby or abort unless there is a health issue.

    July 9, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  8. Lisa B

    5 months isn't enough time to determine that you want to terminate a normal pregnancy? I'm not talking about fetuses that have issues or mothers whose life are in jeopardy. I'm talking about normal pregnancies.

    July 9, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  9. rs



    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!!!!!
    Speaking of "honest"- those laws only took us back to the laws on the books before the GOP got bought by the NRA- please show me what right you've lost- not a one I'll bet.

    July 9, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  10. Chris

    Rick Perry can take a note from Obama’s playbook and pass the Abortion Bill by Executive order. Or the Texas Senate can just Deem the bill as passed without a vote like the Dems did with the Obama care law.

    July 9, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  11. ChrisM

    This bill in Texas has no exemption for rape or incest. The GOP does not give a dam about women. Fortunately, we have a Supreme court that will uphold a women's right to chose.

    July 9, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. Diogenes

    Can't we revoke statehood for the Republic of Texas and the Confederacy? They never wanted to be part of our country and they never let us forget it, so why not give them what they want? They think it's 1213, when women were burned at the stake for reading a book if it wasn't the Bible, we think it's 2013.

    Leave women alone and go back to what you're good at, killing a U.S. president. It must be great to be a Republican and know you'll never be assassinated (like JFK, RFK, and MLK) or in a plane crash (like John Kennedy Jr. and Paul Wellstone). That's what I call immunity.

    July 9, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  13. The Other Bob


    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
    What gun laws would those be? The NRA shills shut down any real gun control.

    July 9, 2013 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  14. The Other Bob

    Since most fertilized eggs do not result in a child being born, even without taking abortions into account, does that make God guilty of murder too? Discuss among your Neanderthal selves.

    July 9, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  15. Bill Peterson

    Hope she runs for governor....and wins.

    July 9, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  16. arabomep

    Texas has this image of Conservative Utopia. No matter how many well-mannered women (and men) voice their opinion on this bill, Rick Perry and Company don't give a damn what they think. Texas is Conservative Utopia, and part of that image is being hardline socially conservative on everything, including abortion rights. The public has attached their faith to their social politics in Texas, and most will welcome this bill with open arms. The left's only hope is if Wendy Davis runs for a higher state office (like governor); however, much of the damage will be done and it will take a mountain to beat the red tide that runs deep in the state.

    July 9, 2013 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  17. Collier

    If it does pass, maybe the next move is a complete boycott of Texas, and all industrial goods produced there.

    July 9, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  18. sib

    some things are between the person and god .

    July 9, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  19. Tychi

    No one could have worked harder then Wendy Davis but the TX Government was hijacked by the GOP. This is going to be a long, tough fight but the Dems will get TX back and fix what the GOP broke.

    July 9, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  20. Bill

    Sorry baby killers...you lost this round!

    July 9, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  21. Joseph

    She needs to give up, Texas isn't stopping abortions as per federal law, they are just making it where there won't be any Gosnell like horror stories and women would more likely survive the procedure. Is that too much to ask? And her thinking that Texas is going to go blue? Forget about that happening any time soon.

    July 9, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Right to life. When did TX eliminate the death penalty?

    July 9, 2013 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  23. MaryM

    Thanks for trying Wendy. But as most in the legal profession knows, if the bill passes and is law, it will be overturned in court. Just like all the other anti-abortion bills in the red states.

    July 9, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  24. God

    Thou shall not KILL!!!

    July 9, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  25. NYOD

    And the Tealiban win again! Where are the drones that were meant to protect Americans from extremist religious groups now?

    July 9, 2013 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
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