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. RettasVegas

    I know that I, for one, (Independent voter) will NEVER forget what Gov. Perry did, taking the right of choice from women in Texas (my birth state) away, and CHEATING the majority of voter's from their RIGHT to acess a SAFE , legal abortion if need be! Bet he'd change his tune if his wife was raped, and became PG, he has NO MERCY for women, he will soon have blood on his hands for this law, NO DOUBT!
    This is exactly why I, (4th generation republican) RAN from the GOP in 2008 to become an Independent!
    I will campaign for whoever runs aganist him should he be so stupid as to run for president!
    All my family in Texas (6th gernerations) have left the GOP these past years, because of the EXTREME RIGHT in the GOP!
    iT'S NOT OUR PROUD PARENTS GOP ANY MORE FOLKS, THAT'S FOR DAMN SURE!

    July 9, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. Vince

    The court will stop it.

    July 9, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. SoldierOfConscience

    If we dont protect unborn humans -> we dont protect life -> we dont protect 1 month old babies -> infanticide is OK.

    July 9, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Brett

    Typical GOP reaction, wants to protect life before birth but could care less about the baby and mother after its born. All you single moms must have your baby but dont you dare ask for a hand out!

    July 9, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. DMonte

    I'm sorry but if you read the law and the effects it will have that would mean a woman from El Paso to get an abortion in the case the fetus is past 20 weeks and has vital issues would have to drive to San Antonio. Now I understand most Americans think Texas is a BIG state but its a REALLY BIG STATE. This woman would have to either FLY or drive to San Antonio to get this procedure done. What about a woman in Amarillo? And if something goes wrong you call an AMBULANCE! This is what they do in a lot of other similar surgery centers across the state. Its just one more step in an already EXTREMELY difficult process.

    July 9, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Simon

    Any time period you attempt to place on abortion is going to arbitrary. There is no magical precise moment at which an egg, or a cluster of fertilized cells, or a sperm, or a zygote or a fetus becomes a person. From the beginning on time, life was considered to begin at birth, not at conception. This novel idea is the product of 20th century medical technology.

    July 9, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. California

    NEWS FLASH: Democrats push for abortions to be performed up to the baby's first birthday.

    July 9, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. rs

    Read the law champ- the regulations are overbearing, and cannot be met- that is why 85% of the clinics will close- the laws' real goal. The law specifically prevents doctors who work at clinics from getting hospital residency, while requiring doctors working at clinics to have that residency. Get it?

    July 9, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. ally buster

    Science flies us to the moon.

    Religion flies us into buildings....

    July 9, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. wesstv

    The bill will be passed honestly, not with the ridiculous and interruption demonstrations. The people who were doing the yelling were hired to come in and demonstrate. This bill will make women safer. Rick isn't running, he has other plans. Wendy will not win. Nobody who actually works for a living would want extreme liberalism to infect Texas.

    July 9, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. rs

    California

    NEWS FLASH: Democrats push for abortions to be performed up to the baby's first birthday.
    ___________________________
    NEW FLASH- California would strip all reproductive age women in America of their rights, making them 2nd or third class citizens. How do you feel about livin' in the 18th century?

    July 9, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. MaryM

    There is no exception in the Texas anti-abortion bill for rape or incest. What does that tell you about the GOP. The GOP politicians does not give a crap about women At All.

    July 9, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. California

    If democrats had it their way there would be a Kermit Gosnell in every city.

    July 9, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. rs

    ally buster

    Science flies us to the moon.

    Religion flies us into buildings....
    ____________________
    Whooo! Good one!

    July 9, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Bob

    If possible, this should be taken to the Supreme Court so every American understands that abortion is LEGAL and should not be regulated to the point that it's essentially illegal.

    July 9, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. DB

    What truly disgusts me about this bill is that its supporters insist on LYING about it.

    The added regulations on the clinics have NOTHING TO DO with patient safety, and EVERYTHING to do with forcing the clinics to close. EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS, it is utterly pathetic that the anti-abortionists don't have the morals (or the guts) to be honest about it and actually expect anybody to believe them when they say they want to maintain access to the clinics but just want to make sure the patients are safe.

    July 9, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. California

    Pro-life
    Pro-death

    It's your choice.

    July 9, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. vp

    Texas is a criminal state; they are selling away your future to foreigners.

    July 9, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. al

    If we don't get republicans out of office nationwide we are doomed to our government becoming a Christian theocracy. That is exactly what the party wants and if the people don't see it and stop voting for these lunatics this country is going to become a third world theocracy with about as much power and influence as iraq or Iran have.

    July 9, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Jason

    Dear She Booted Him.... Get a clue. Texas is an independent minded Republican state that is conservative on many issues. Davis has nothing to do with why Perry isn't running again. He has always easily won re-election and would again if he were to run. While he wouldn't have a chance in New York or California, he is an easy win in Texas.

    July 9, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. billmelater1

    "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." Hey Davis if it fails THINK about all crying out that will NEVER be heard from the Baby's this bill would of saved.

    July 9, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. 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?

    July 9, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. Garry

    I am so tired of hearing those who think that this bill is wonderful, but I sure as hell don't see them adopting once the woman is forced to have the baby. Texas Gov. Perry and the GOP could care less about what happens AFTER the baby is born , and so could most of those whining and stomping around saying it needs to pass...This bill will basically put MOST clinics out of business due to the cost of upgrading to what it states is standard hospital rooms/operating rooms. AND the company behind this law will make $$$$$$$$$$ because of the fact oit supplies most of the materials needed! Perry and the Texas Legislator are nothing but a bunch of crazed fabatics! So glad he is not running again for Gov..Texas has enough to deal with without this Buffoon running for office again. And I don't even live in Texas! GO Ms. Davis

    July 9, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. greasemonkey

    I predict a VP offer for Mrs Davis from whomever is the eventual Democratic nominee for President in '16......Clearly, her future is far brighter than that fool Perry........

    July 9, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. EMcK

    Little tip people – the 20 week limit is hardly the most onerous aspect of this bill. The portions of the bill that effectively close down the majority of clinics offering abortions is the main issue here. Those portions of the bill provide the same restrictions that were blocked in Wisconsin today via a temporary restraining order.

    July 9, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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