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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  1. Deist

    Texas Abortion Bill to Pass: One can only hope that the entire country will be allowed to "abort" that knuckle headed State. Secede, abort, what the hell...............whatever the rest of us have to do to get rid of that disgusting growth on our butt, just let it happen already!

    July 9, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    " not some inane idea that the human being inside of you is actually your body."

    That has nothing to do with anything...not what anyone believes and certainly not the basis for the decision in Roe v. Wade. If you're going to spend your time manufacturing straw men to light on fire, try looking for straw somewhere other than the conservative's ideological paddock...the stuff you'll find there is decidedly moist and full of sh...

    July 9, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. sheppard

    @The Truth – you wouldn't know the 'truth' if it jumped up and bit you on the rear. Your post also points out you aren't very smart...

    July 9, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Burt

    Why so many issues these day that polarize and divide our country and make us hate each other? So sad abortion is something we even have to grapple with. I am anti-abortion but I feel for those who do not believe as I do. But I cannot support them. This is one of those black and white controversies where it is really difficult not to chose sides. And once you have chosen a side, then what? What happens to our country? Do we fight and argue forever? I guess so. I will always be anti-abortionist. All I'm saying is that this is a really terrible thing both sides are essentially forced to fight each other over. It's just terrible overall for everyone.

    July 9, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Jeb Bush

    Republicans run for office promising to focus on jobs. But once they're elected, they become pathologically obsessed with forcing their backward religious beliefs into every aspect of our lives.

    The Texas bill forces women to bear the child of their rapist.

    July 9, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Kevin

    It sickens me to hear someone make a religious argument for this bill. We are not a religious state! Would we be so keen to accept religious leadership if they were strict Sharia Muslim? I don't hear many other issues being brought up other than "It's morally wrong and goes against my beliefs." Great! Then don't do it! But what gives them the right to impose their beliefs on everyone?

    I'm a conservative on some things. Not because of religious beliefs, but because I believe they make sense. This, however, doesn't make any sense at all. Perry needs to go.

    July 9, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. LA

    MiddleMan, I'm in favor of your abortion right now

    July 9, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. MaryM

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

    July 9, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. rs

    Fair is Fair


    MNFree wrote: "If you can't make up your mind on keeping it or not after 20 weeks, there's an issue there. It makes these places safer."

    The problem is some truly horrifying fetal issues (including some that effectively mean a DOA baby) may not become apparent prior to that point, and the bill makes no exceptions for such cases.
    Read the law. It clearly allows for the procedure in the case of fetal abnormalities.
    Read the law. It won't matter when 85% of the clinics close (leaving exactly 5 for the whole state)- that is what this law was meant to do- make abortions of any sort unavailable by closing the clinics.

    July 9, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. phk46

    Because the country is so polarized, it seems inescapable that we are going to see some states going this way while others do not. I think it sucks for the people who live there, but it also becomes a reason to think about where you want to live. But its unfortunate for the kids who are stuck with their parent's choices.

    Once upon a time (a long time ago) I was of the opinion that I could move to any region of the country and find a place to live where I would be happy. I no longer think that.

    July 9, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC


    What is the big deal? Contraceptives are free now. there shouldn't be any unwanted pregnancies.
    Free contraceptives? Republicans have defunded Planned Parenthood clinics. Remember? You can blame the personhood crowd, folks like Santorum, for that. They tell us that God says that contraceptives should be outlawed.

    July 9, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. DustyOnes

    Yep.....bye bye Wendy

    July 9, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. rs

    it must be said

    you just gotta love these liberals that have no problem with killing babies at the start of life and then when you get too old and it is too much work to take care of you, they'll give you the option to kill yourself so you don't drag down the commune with your excessive medical demands. the democrat's version of heathcare choice.
    yeah, like thw Righties love life, right? Why is it they would end Social Security or Medicare? Think that won't have real-life impacts? Ending food assistance and en-employment means people starve. Ending public education means many don't have to tools to advance their lot in life.
    Oh, what am I talking about!? The right doesn't care about "people" after birth!

    July 9, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. Daws

    Special measure? Can you say abuse of power?

    July 9, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. phk46

    Middleman: I'm one of those people you are talking about, and I am certainly not joyful. Aside from the lives that will be harmed as a result of this, those babies will as often as not be born to children of people like you, who have been brought up with your beliefs. Hopefully they will grow out of them, but maybe not.

    July 9, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. keith from Texas

    If all you bleeding heart liberals don't like the fact that Texas will no longer allow anymore late term "murders" to happen then I strongly suggest you either think twice about getting pregnant here or go to some other Demtard state that allows a doctor to perform this homicidal act. This is not outlawing abortions,but is preventing any possibilities of another Dr. Gosnell type slaughterhouse clinic here. You people should be ashamed of wanting this butchery to happen anywhere in the USA. I bet none of you woman's rights advocates bothered to view the pictures from the Gosnell trial, or you would change your mind about this procedure!

    July 9, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. Jeff in San Antonio

    Gov. Perry also vetoed a "Buy Texan, Buy American" bill, which had been passed unanimously by the Legislature. He is OWNED, GOVERNED and RULED by big business ... make no mistake about that.

    July 9, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. rs


    Interesting how everyone in favor of abortion has already been born...
    interesting that most posting here about limiting women's rights are men.

    July 9, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. J Ro

    Are you a man with an opinion about abortion? (I am...)
    If you answered yes, you should carefully consider that opinion and how it was formed.
    Then, you should shut the f up and stay out of women's decision-making regarding their health and their body.
    Unless you want to turn over your decision-making rights to women for things like Viagra, vasectomies, etc.
    As 'grandma' always says... If it ain't your business, stay out of it!

    July 9, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. gregg

    Middleman, I am with you 100% on the 20 weeks. The 20 weeks is not the issue, it is the restrictions around the clinics who can perform the procedure, effectively shutting them down in favor of higher cost ambulatory care centers, cloaked in a protect the women rhetoric. These restrictions and the increased cost have a disproportionate impact on the women and families in the lower socioeconomic classes.

    July 9, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. frank

    we arent pro abortion we are pro choice!!! taking away a womans right to do with her body as she chooses is oppression. the reasons are personal and none of your business

    July 9, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. Jim

    I'm a Texan who is adamantly against this bill. It's a big step in the wrong direction!

    What upsets me is that unwanted children born as a result of this bill may end up suffering: impoverished, hungry, or involved in crime. Want to save an innocent life? Offer better education and better healthcare for those already born so they may become contributors to society! Allow women to determine what is best for themselves and their own situation... they know!

    July 9, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. JR

    The GOP is the biggest cancer on planet earth. Cajoling the stupid Jesus freaks, hillbilly war mongers and then they sell out for money to the stench from corporate America. The same corporate America that has sold out the middle class via 3rd world sweat shops. Apple who?

    Rid us all of the Republican party. For they all should have been aborted at birth.

    July 9, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. OKC

    All congresstional districts are gearymandered........by dems. or GOP whomever contrals a state legistature...................

    July 9, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. Eli Cabelly

    This one is easy. I am against abortion. Therefore, I support all the measures that have been shown to reduce abortions.

    Making abortions illegal does not reduce the number of abortions. All that does is increase the number of women who die having abortions. This is the true pro-life stance.

    July 9, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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