Wendy Davis: Disputed Texas abortion bill likely to pass
July 9th, 2013
01:32 PM ET
1 year ago

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. Guess

    Thats why the gop loves technicals , or specifics on issues, so they have an excuse to vote against good bills, aka, could not vote for the bill i endorsed because the wording was not exactly the way i liked, yeah, me too, and then the flip side, like 20 weeks, not many argue the twenty week limit, but the legislation conveniently goes way, way beyond that, bait and switch?

    July 9, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Desert1

    doasisay,if you don't want to be pregnant then practice better birth control period,itsa simple thing to do that and for whatever reason men as well as women do not do it escapes me,its a womans choice to have or not have children and thats what makes so many people so mad,some people think for whatever reason they can tell someone else what they can do with their own body.

    July 9, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Caligirl

    I'm Pro-Choice but I do support this bill, why? Because when I was 18 I had a late term abortion. I had no clue what that really meant. Now that I understand how a egg goes to zygote to fetus and at what point in the pregnancy 20 weeks actually is 5 months pregnant. Women need to take responsibility and get an abortion no later then 12 weeks that is 3 months pregnant after that it should be to late to get one. Go online and search what your baby looks like at 12 & 20 weeks. I wish I had been told and given the real truth in pictures so I could fully make an informed decision. I'm not religious at all in fact I'm an atheist.

    July 9, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Guess

    like act 4 of the voting rights act, cant touch act 5, so take act 4 out, and you get what you want, this party simply does not care about the degree of destruction left in its wake, on their journey to promote the beliefsof koch brothers and their ilks, get them out

    July 9, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. True Independant American...

    I think the decision not to have a baby should begin with contraceptives, not with an abortion. If we do not allow abortions, then we, as a state should take care of the babies we don’t want aborted. I also believe the father should have a say in whether he wants the baby as well, Men are already on the hook for the cost if a women keeps the baby but never asked if they want it if she decides to abort. We can all agree it takes two to have a baby. I also believe the Government has no rights over a woman’s body, at all. I think abortion is a Moral issue, not a States issue.

    July 9, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Grumpster

    Rick Perry is one disgusting and corrupt human being. People need to get out and vote this guy out of existence in the political arena.

    July 9, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Jeffro B Kirkus

    Just another reason that I will never live in Texas

    July 9, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. tony

    It thought the tyranny of politicians and gerrymandered districts, like those of Texas, was the whole purpose of the 2nd Amendment and we all having guns?

    July 9, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. The Truth

    Sorry, Wendy, you need to leave Neverland and grow up and live in the real world ... where abortion is murder, not some inane idea that the human being inside of you is actually your body. (That's physiologically impossible, by the way, for all you anti-life zealots.) 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.

    July 9, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. MiddleMan

    All you Liberals and pro abortion people ought to be jumping up and down with joy about this. Cause when these un wanted babies grow up and are on the government teet, you'll have an increased voter base. So, I really don't know why you idiots are complaining... More liberal votes, more free stuff, more government dependency, isn't that what you want??? As a conservative, I'm for abortion up to 20 weeks and after that if the pregnency is a threat to the mother. In the case of rape or forced incest, you have 20 weeks. If you don't know by then or can't make a decision by then, well there you have it, another liberal.

    July 9, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. Doug

    Of course now we're hearing from those who offer the same lie that "people who oppose abortion don't care about the baby once it's born." The fact that there are 5 times as many crisis pregnancy centers (4000) as abortion clinics (800) in the US proves that to be a lie.

    July 9, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. otlset

    At the moment of conception a separate human being is formed, with a unique DNA signature that characterizes that being for the rest of its earthly life. This is science. Aborting that unique human, at any stage of development, is murder and should be outlawed. There is no getting around it.

    July 9, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. cedar rapids

    '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'

    Yep. Anyone that spouts that 'safety' nonsense and claims to be a christian is bearing false witness and a hypocrite. It has nothing to do with safety.

    July 9, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Roscoe Chait

    Texas government... the new Taliban.

    July 9, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. Candy Came

    What does she mean saying the other side won't be heard? The filibustered the issue for 24 hours, the world heard and responded that just because some people have no morals the rest of us do.

    July 9, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. mbsmith91

    "What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.".................John Wesley.

    July 9, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. gregg

    What many of you are missing is that it is not the 20 weeks that all are protesting it is the Ambulatory Clinic rules and the residency rules of physicians that is rule areas will effectively shut down 85% of the places where abortions are performed. Wake up, that is the reason for the bill, period! It is about shutting down access, the 20 week rule is just window dressing. As I said women of means will be able to travel to the large cities and get the procedure performed, albeit at 10 times the cost (read the medical lobby was all over this one). It is the women who do not have the means or the time to travel that will suffer.

    How many among you are willing to pay more in taxes to ensure these unwanted children succeed or even have a chance to succeed in life........ and I hear crickets...... exactly.

    July 9, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. 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.

    July 9, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. OKC

    Amazing how if I excert my political will or beleifs I am bullying........but pro-death activist are heroically defending the right to kill the most innocent of us all.

    July 9, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. SoldierOfConscience

    true or false

    1. fetus is alive

    2. fetus is made of human cells

    3. except for inc3st, r@pe and imminent danger to mom's life, fetus is not causing harm to mom

    if true to all three then no basis for killing it. Any answer except true ot false will be treated as true.

    July 9, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. jyr78643

    We need a special session to pass a law regarding a woman's reproductive organs, but not to fix other more pressing issues? This government has things incredibly backwards.

    July 9, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    California

    If democrats had it their way there would be a Kermit Gosnell in every city.
    ---------------------
    If Republicans get it their way, and close every clinic except for a couple, then there will be a Gosnell in every city.

    July 9, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. sly

    Ah, the Party of No is losing all their battles, and everyone on earth knows that abortion rights, immigration reform and gun control will be the law of the land soon.

    Thank God for President Obama who has already provided us with Health Care reform and equal rights for gays.

    America is a progressive nation, and we are headed in the right direction.

    July 9, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Nate in CA

    Ahhh Texas, the state where a fetus is divine from the nanosecond of conception right up until declared an animal by a court of law and sentenced to lethal injection.

    July 9, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. gregg

    Abortion will never be outlawed, it can be made illegal, but women will still get them.
    Sending young people off to fight on foreign soil for the concept of democracy should be illegal too, but it is not.....

    July 9, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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