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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soundoff (404 Responses)
  1. BeenThere

    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.

    July 9, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. anony

    The Texas abortion bill will directly financially benefit Rick Perry's sister, who's on the board of the Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center Society.

    July 9, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine


    Why should it be legal to murder unborn humans? And how on earth is that a 'woman's right'
    Hey, its legal to kill outside of the womb in TX, so why not inside?

    July 9, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Stephanie

    Violence begets violence; and there is so much of it in the world. Respecting life starts with one person. If we respect life in the womb and realize its fragility perhaps other forms of violence will dissipate. Way to go Texas. Proud pro-lifer.

    July 9, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. shawbrooke

    Women have 5 MONTHS to get an abortion under the new law. In the context of a pregnancy, that's a long time. Surely no one will fund a governor that confuses up to 20 weeks with no abortion at all!

    And what are these new rules that doctors will find so difficult? Are the rules not listed because the public largely agrees with them?

    July 9, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. James PDX

    People really need to get the argument of life vs person straight. Obviously life doesn't begin at birth. Life begins as a sperm and an egg that merge to become a single cell parasite that leeches onto the host to extract needed nutrients from it. But that is not a person. It doesn't feel pain, loss, or any remorse because it's potential wasn't fully realized. If what we are trying to protect is "life", then males must be prevented from pleasuring themselves, and fertile women must constantly have unprotected sex to give their eggs the best chance at fertilization and survival. Anything less is destroying "life".

    July 9, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. liz48

    The only difference in this bill is it enables murder under certain condiitons; the stores you can get the babies executed are less and more safe for the purchasers...

    It is unbelievable that they are opposing the bill, I guess they do not want to make the effort to trudge a few miles more to get the job done...

    July 9, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. 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 performing them 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 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. JamesD

    @James It is illegal to murder humans, murder by definition is illegal. Abortion is legal; therefore, abortion is not murder.

    @Jon if anyone watched a documentary on the food industry, I am sure they would be against food too.

    @Fair is Fair there is a difference between someone who wants to take their pregnancy to term and one who does not

    @dd don't be a hypocrite, abortion doctors offer a legal and court mandated available procedure to women. But hey, lets kill 'em.

    July 9, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Goaty McCheese

    "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."

    This bill makes abortions legal after the 26th week of pregnancy. Roe v. Wade made the right to an abortion the "law of the land" inside 26 weeks. This bill does not change Roe v. Wade in Texas, where abortion is legal.

    Reading is good for you.

    July 9, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. Derek

    So you liberals honestly, in you heart of hearts, believe it's an "extreme" position to say the life of a child after 20 weeks should be protected? A child that can hear, has a heart beat, a developing brain, hair, fingernails. A child that can even cover there ears if the sounds are too loud? Not even asking to ban abortion – but just to limit it is "extreme" for you guys? We are absolutely screwed as a nation.

    July 9, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. gladiatorgrl

    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.

    July 9, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. liz48

    This is not about no abortions. It is about abortions after a certain period of time that is banned and it seems that any woman who wants to have an abortion should be well aware of her pregnancy before that date...

    July 9, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. fatlip

    less government! smaller government! keep government out of our lives! BLAH BLAH BLAH! republicans are hypocritical idiots.

    July 9, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Larry the Lobster

    "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."

    Unless your wife wait six-and-a-half months to have her abortion, I don't see how your comment is relevant to this bill. Instead of posting based on a knee-jerk reaction or a doctrinaire political stance, why not find out what the bill Wendy Richards is fighting for actually does, and then decide for yourself what you think about it?

    July 9, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. Roger

    She's no political celebrity. She's a criminal against humanity and part of the conspiracy to slaughter tens of millions of children for the mere profit of Planned Parenthood, et. al. and the covering up of the immorality of millions of people.

    July 9, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. NYVeteran

    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.

    July 9, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Way2GoTexas

    Finally a state stands up against genocide. Good work Texas. You're a beacon of hope for the unborn!

    July 9, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. Roger

    P.S. And when people with decent morals once again come to power in America, ones like her will be called to account just as the murderers at Nuremberg were called to account.

    July 9, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. James PDX

    Mike said – Abortion is murder, plain and simple.
    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.

    July 9, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. scieng1

    It seems like there is no middle ground, but there should be. The realities of pregnancies mean that sometimes life-threatening situations develop or are recognized late. Women and their doctors need to be able to respond intelligently. On the other hand, killing a fetus who can feel pain in a brutal manner that would not be legal for killing a chicken or puppy should be abhorent to anyone with a social conscience. 20 weeks is enough for any women to elect to not keep their child to term, but the reality of extenuating circumstances should be recognized and accepted by the legislature.

    July 9, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. 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.

    July 9, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Marc

    Never trust an argument without concessions. If your pro-choice view includes destroying a 25 week old baby, you've failed to err on the side of life. Could anyone justify cutting the head off a 25 week old baby, while it's still partially in the birth canal, in some cases screaming? Could we at least discuss this before you uncritically stand behind this woman?

    July 9, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. ellid

    This law will be a disaster for Texas women. Perry should be ashamed of himself.

    July 9, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. treblemaker

    I totally agree with shawbrooke. It is my opinion that abortion advocates want no timeline whatsoever, and that is wrong! Governor Perry is trying to set some rules, and although I am against the idea of abortion in most cases, I am totally in support of his compromise thinking. Twenty weeks (just past the halfway mark of a normal pregnancy) is enough time for a woman to decide.

    July 9, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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