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. James

    Why should it be legal to murder unborn humans? And how on earth is that a 'woman's right'

    July 9, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. Jon

    If Wendy, or anyone for that matter, would watch the "180" documentary on youtube she (they) would change her (their) stance on the issue. guaranteed!

    July 9, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Objective thinker

    On a side note – Why can one be charged with double murder for killing a pregnant woman, but on the other hand abortion is legal?
    -------
    Because sometimes hypocrisy goes so well with milk.

    July 9, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. ?

    Government needs to be just small enough that it can still fit inside a womans uterus.
    Hypocrites.
    I would really like to hear some Republican explain the mechanism by which that precious baby transforms into a tax
    dollar government teat sucking leech once it exits the birth canal.

    July 9, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. just sayin

    M.A.P.
    @justsayin
    "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?

    July 9, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. dd

    Finally a state to stand up to the baby torturing, murdering Liberals! It is good that Texas has the death penalty. Any abortionist who comes to Texas, e.g. Obama, gets jailed and tried for first degree murder!

    July 9, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Jeff

    The anti-choice movements begins with a false premise. They blow right through the myraid unresolved issues concerning how to legally, medically and morally characterize zygotes, embryos and fetuses, so that they can start their argument from a supposedly solid foundation. And then they pull the ultimate debate dishonesty by invoking a deity who they are magically able to endow with their own preferences and prejudices, and use as a backstop for their arguments when logic falls apart.

    In the meantime, we have women, who are clearly persons and full-fledged legal members of society, being given the shaft by folks (mostly men) who use their feigned concern over “babies” to lash out and address their own insecurities.

    July 9, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Demigod Vadik, CA

    Past 10 weeks, abortions should only be done in cases where mothers life is in danger...

    ...women have already had 2 and a half months (or at least 1 and a half months since they have known about the pregnancy) to do what they want...

    ...this is just my OPINION...

    ...what I have a problem with is old farts imposing their sick religious views on everyone else...

    July 9, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. TheLocNar

    If you want a republican to car about you, remain a zygote.

    To all you "Abortion is murder" crazies out there, how about banning male masturbation too? 2 minutes of pleasure can kill millions of unborn babies!

    July 9, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. James PDX

    Just Saying wrote: what about the voices of all the babies you are murdering? do their screams for life not matter one iota to you? please rename your organization to what it truly is... planned murder.
    ____________
    Fetuses do not have voices and, therefore, do not scream. Currently about 1% of abortions take place after week 20. A fetus is nowhere near developed enough to feel any pain or survive outside of the womb by week 20. If you want to restrict that 1% of post week 20 abortions, that's one thing. But this bill's true aim is to restrict ALL abortions by wording it such that pretty much all clinics that perform abortions will be shut down. Coincidentally, the Perry family medical business will still be able to perform abortions, but at 3-4 times the cost of Planned Parenthood. The only voices I hear screaming are from the old conservative men trying to control women's reproductive organs and the starving children that women are being forced to give birth to when they can't afford them.

    July 9, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. CP in Tampa, FL

    This law, if it is passed, will be overturned by a judge for being unconstitutional. This law is only meant to prevent a woman from getting a legal procedure. It does nothing to protect a woman's health.

    July 9, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. zelda

    Shame on Perry. Shame on the Texas legislature. If you lose legitimately, just throw your weight around and force it down the throat of the people of the state. Shame shame shame. And I agree – take away the means to prevent the conception in the first place, and then force women to carry a child to term – totally degrading, demeaning, and a waste of money because women always have had abortions and always will – it's just a matter of how safely they can have them. Shame shame shame is all I can say.

    July 9, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. lunchwithdad

    "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.

    What an interesting comment. I live in Senator Davis district, and I and many others have written to her asking her to drop her opposition to this bill. I haven't heard from her. I feel like my voice crying out to her is not being heard!

    July 9, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. rob15

    Lots of hate speech from the Left, including from accessories to decades of mass murder. BTW, if it's left to society and people like Hillary Clinton to determine when life begins and should end, I feel very, very sorry for all the lynching victims around the modern world – e.g., in countries like Kenya, where the 2011 U.S. Department of State Kenya country report on human rights practices devoted more space to NO deaths from abuse, discrimination, and acts of violence base on sexual orientation or gender identity than to 543 lynchings (per capita, more than three-and-a-half times worse than the WORST year of recorded U.S. lynching history).

    July 9, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. TonyInNYC

    Wendy Davis for governor!

    July 9, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Jeff

    Fair is Fair said: "science is proving more and more every day that life begins at conception. If a single-cell organism was found on Mars, you'd probably be the first to scream out "life found on another planet"... but not so much if a fetus was found there, eh?"

    You completely misconstrue the issue. Science has never "proven" that life begins at conception. Life began billions of years ago and has not ceased. Conception is just an event on the long continuum of life. The question in this debate is, at what point in the continuum do you assign legal rights? And if a choice needs to be made between a fully developed organism and one that is still in development, with no known sense of self, then why favor the latter?

    July 9, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. jon

    I thought abortion was legal as the "law of the land."
    Amazing that states can just seem to decide otherwise.
    That is what is wrong with country – we have 50 states all
    with different ideas and laws. That is just goofy.

    July 9, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    ""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."

    This bill would legalize abortions after the 26th week of pregnancy, or halfway through the 7th month. (Abortions 26 weeks and earlier are already legal in Texas.) At Week 26 babies/fetuses already have brains and fully-developed vocal cords.

    Yours was a pretty snide retort for someone who either doesn't know jack about babies, or doesn't know jack about this bill. You can go now.

    July 9, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Veronica

    "I do not believe that just because you're opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don't? Because you don't want any tax money to go there. That's not pro-life. That's pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is." –Sister Joan Chittister

    And my own addition: ". . .not a child loved."

    July 9, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Peoples State of Illinois

    Aerin

    birth in the U.S. costs on average $18,329 for a vaginal delivery.

    That's just for child birth.

    Who the heck is going to feed, clothe, shelter, educate and give health care to ALL these UNWANTED KIDS???
    ---–
    Abortion used as birth control. Hmmm, a quarter would be much cheaper.

    July 9, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Medeses

    @ just sayin "what about the voices of all the babies you are murdering? do their screams for life not matter one iota to you? please rename your organization to what it truly is... planned murder."
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________

    Abortions have been happening since the dawn of humanity and will continue until the end of humanity–it is just a matter of whether or not they will be performed safely. Believe what you want to believe. The real question is whether or not a woman can live with the choice (CHOICE!) she makes regardless of her personal (PERSONAL!) beliefs. I am quite satisfied with the choice I made and have no regrets–it was one of the best decisions of my life. No one rules my body but me.

    The GOP is stuck in the dark ages–their disrespect for woman is for all to see, and to judge. These anti-abortion measures/laws are tyranny against women, plain and simple.

    July 9, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    -just sayin

    M.A.P.
    @justsayin
    "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.

    July 9, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  23. Goaty McCheese

    ""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."

    That's a pretty snide post for someone who either doesn't know jack about babies, or doesn't know jack about this bill.

    This bill would legalize abortions after the 26th week of pregnancy, or halfway through the 7th month. At week 26, babies/fetuses do have brains, and do have fully-developed vocal cords.

    You can go now.

    July 9, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. Mike

    Abortion is murder, plain and simple.

    July 9, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  25. Grady

    Texans can fight this in the courts just like Wisconsin.

    July 9, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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