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
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  1. Guess

    Again, not about the term limits, its about making it nearly impossible to get one period, that is the goal, gop is trying to control everything by legislation, worded to either effectively kill the bill by rendering it useless, or word it so it does exactly what you want, but not what you promoted, this is just that, in mi., the gop all but made it impossible to get maryjane, but still legal to have it, that is if you can poop it

    July 9, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Me

    Aww, democracy wins. What a shame.

    July 9, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Jim

    Wendy Davis looks like Sandra Bullock from "The Blind Side" movie.

    July 9, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. lovespandas

    I'm a woman and do not like Wendy or what she stands for. PRO LIFE!

    July 9, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. J Ro

    Yee-ha Texas!
    Thank goodness for these bootstraps! Not only was I able to pull myself up, but now I have some nifty footwear just right for kicking people when they are down, stomping on the rights of others, walking lockstep with the lunatic fringe, and punting those bean-eaters right back over the border fence.
    Yee-ha Rick Perry!

    July 9, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. l

    @jeb – how is limiting abortion to 20 weeks forcing women to keep children of rapists? It's all or nothing for pro-choicers.

    July 9, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. joe

    I wish we could uncouple economic and social issues in our electorate. What a person thinks about overspending is unrelated to what they think about abortion. Yet vote for one candidate and you get policy on both economic and social issues. It's a fundamental weakness in electoral policy.

    July 9, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. Jim

    Texas GOP = The American Taliban

    July 9, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Michael Sawyer

    Oh rest assured, it is indeed the beginning of a battle. This bill does not have majority support. And it will become an issue in EVERY election for EVERY republican in this state.

    July 9, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. J Ro

    Eli-
    Sorry about your fall. Apparently, you hit every branch on the Stupid tree on your way down.
    On the bright side, your traumatic brain injury makes you a perfectly fit candidate for the Texas legislature.

    July 9, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Truth Hurts

    It's 2013. "Thou shalt not kill" is outdated and irrelevant. Pro choice isn't a womens right, its a human right.

    July 9, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  12. Miguel

    Wendy you cause is not a noble cause...and your supporters chanting "Hail Satan" should be a pretty clear indication you are not on the side of the angels....

    July 9, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. brian

    How many people in Texas speak standard English? I remember in some of Lyndon Johnson's speeches he couldn't even pronounce the name of his country. He said Amowika instead of America.

    July 9, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. J Ro

    "democracy" is not the same thing as having more power OR votes. Or especially, getting away with making laws through sneaky back-channels. And it is definitely not the same as THEOCRACY!!

    July 9, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. texas

    lots of idiot libs posting here. This bill does nothing to ban or close abortion clinics, continue your fear mongering and lying libs, some other lib idiot some where will believe your regurgitated garbage.

    July 9, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. Dean

    Welcome to representative government.

    July 9, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. abovethewater

    Texas has the highest rate of child fatalities due to abuse or neglect in the United States. They can't take care of the born, they should leave the abortion issue alone until they can!

    July 9, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. John

    Law or not, women who want an abortion will find a way to get one. End of story.

    Christians might as well read the writing on the wall because regardless of what's happening in Texas, Christianity is losing its foothold in this country. The rest of the nation will forever decide what is best for our children to learn in school, what women will do regarding family planning. how far we will let technology and science take us and what we'll do with our money.

    July 9, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. Parfin Woodel

    Perry wont seek a fourth term because he knows
    this stunt will cost him his job and votes.

    Watch this mental midget try another Presidential run and get
    smacked down again.

    July 9, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. texas

    @Jim =uneducated american libtard

    July 9, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. Harvey

    On abortion, I am sitting on the fence. I don't like it and it doesn't sit right with me. At the same time I understand a woman's right to choose. What I would like to see is a binding national referendum, limited to women only; that would become the law of the land. It is only fair that for one time in our history that men be denied the vote on this one issue considering how long women were denied the vote.

    I also understand the Catholic Church's stand on abortion but I do not understand their position on birth control. It is most unfortunate that where the church has the most influence is where birth control is needed the most.

    July 9, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. Candy Came

    I see the haters of the Christians and GOP are showing their true colors. What bigot stereotypers they are. Lots of religious people are pro choice. Only idgets are against drawing the line and against sanitary clinics, with doctors who can practice at hospitals.

    July 9, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. brian

    I don't get it. These are probably the same people pushing for tougher gun control. They should apply the same argument that the added control does not take away your rights; it merely ensures that viable fetus does not get aborted. They talk about their rights without talking about responsibilities. Be responsible, use protection, use plan B. To go 20 weeks and demand more is irresponsible no matter how you look at it.

    July 9, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. Realist

    20 weeks is more than enough time to decide about getting or not getting an abortion, that's 4-1/2 months.

    Otherwise. just make it legal for the mother to snuff the child at any time from conception to adulthood. Kids too wild ??? Get rid of them. Might be fewer trayvons in the world.

    July 9, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. Parfin Woodel

    texas

    lots of idiot libs posting here. This bill does nothing to ban or close abortion clinics, continue your fear mongering and lying libs, some other lib idiot some where will believe your regurgitated garbage.

    You are the idiot.
    Did you even read the bill ?

    July 9, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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