Wendy Davis supports abortion-rights but goal is 'zero'
November 19th, 2013
11:28 AM ET
11 months ago

Wendy Davis supports abortion-rights but goal is 'zero'

(CNN) - Texas state Sen. and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis continues to support women's abortion rights but she wants to reduce the number of abortions, she told a CNN affiliate Monday.

"The goal that we should have is that we see zero abortions," Davis told KGBT. "But in order to achieve that goal we have to make sure that women are receiving the kind of healthcare and planning that they deserve."

Davis owes her national fame to her fight for abortion rights, staging an 11-hour filibuster in the Texas legislature against a restrictive abortion bill. That bill was later passed and is currently facing a legal challenge.

The Fort Worth lawmaker also faced questions about local Texas issues like water rights and her support of allowing drivers licenses for undocumented workers.

Davis will likely face Republican state Attorney General Greg Abbott in next November's election in the race to succeed outgoing longtime GOP Gov. Rick Perry.

What presence if any the pink running shoes Davis wore during her filibuster will have on the campaign trail remains unknown, but it's still a possibility.

"I still have them," she said.


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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    ""Pro-choice folks have no desire to terminate a viable child – one that can survive on their own upon birth."
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    I'll never understand this arguement. Never. Tell me anything that can "survive on it's own" when it's taken out of the environment that it depends on to grow and mature?"

    If you don't understand what that argument entails, then I question whether you really do work in the medical industry as a provider.

    November 19, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Oh honestly... can't you come up with anything better than this irrelevant fantasy drivel?"

    Don't talk to Jesus like that.

    November 19, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Malory Archer

    Archer

    Wendy is the fanatic who railed on for hours about abortion.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Because unlike the federal government where you can blather on about green eggs & ham or any other inane musings, the Texas state legislature requires filibusters to be on-topic. To go off-topic is to end the filibuster.

    November 19, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Marcus (from...?)

    Fair is fair – So you're an expert in the Apocalipse? Then tell us, how will come to life the so called AntiChrist if not for 'normal procedures'?

    November 19, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Sniffit

    ""Pro-choice folks have no desire to terminate a viable child – one that can survive on their own upon birth."
    ––
    I'll never understand this arguement. Never. Tell me anything that can "survive on it's own" when it's taken out of the environment that it depends on to grow and mature?"

    If you don't understand what that argument entails, then I question whether you really do work in the medical industry as a provider.
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    I know exactly what the arguement is, counselor. It's a feel-good excuse / justification for the taking of a human life.

    November 19, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. AlbaMN

    Most "pro-choice" people would agree with that statement. What has always amazed me about the anti-choice crowd, is they are all fired up to make abortion illegal, but seem to want nothing to do with preventing unwanted pregnancies in the first place. Seem to me that is the best way to prevent abortions.

    November 19, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Silence DoGood

    Newsflashes to the Radical Right:
    – The whole country is not Evangelical Christian – every reference to "God" is not your personal endorsement
    – Laws for everyone should not be based on your own religious sub-sect – people disagree on the "start of life"
    – There are many beliefs and philosophies in this county besides Christian and Atheist – life is complicated
    – The country was founded on Freedom of Religious thought, not Christianity
    – Not everyone agrees with you – get over it – and get along – love your neighbor

    November 19, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    Sniffit

    ""Pro-choice folks have no desire to terminate a viable child – one that can survive on their own upon birth."
    ––
    I'll never understand this arguement. Never. Tell me anything that can "survive on it's own" when it's taken out of the environment that it depends on to grow and mature?"

    If you don't understand what that argument entails, then I question whether you really do work in the medical industry as a provider.
    --–
    I know exactly what the arguement is, counselor. It's a feel-good excuse / justification for the taking of a human life.
    ******************
    your thoughts on capital punishment?

    November 19, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Marcus (from...?)

    Fair is fair – So you're an expert in the Apocalipse? Then tell us, how will come to life the so called AntiChrist if not for 'normal procedures'?
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    No, I'm not an expert in the Apocalypse (note the spelling). I have read, and re-read, and re-read Revelation as well as different interpretations from Biblical scholars. There is no mention in Revelation of the anti-Christ's birth nor is there mention of who his parents are. Biblical scholars vary widely on the subject, with some interpreting the infamous person as Ceasar Nero, a contemporary of John, the book's author, and others positing that this person has yet to make his presence in the world. Most scholars, however, believe that the anti-Christ is simply a human being, probably in the political arena, and deeply under satan's influence when the events of Revelation unfold. But Rudy's statement that satan impregnated a female human to conceive the anti-Christ is preposterous and comes directly from a Stephen King novel written in the 1970's called "The Omen".

    November 19, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. Archer

    The REAL Truth...
    __________
    Wendy Davis has as much chance of being governor as I do. It isn't going to happen. Your labels like most of these are humorous but incorrect as most religious people are not from the religious right. The faithful as are most things are a lot more complicated than that and are not run by political affiliation. I am sure she will land somewhere nice and wish her well but it will not be the governors office. I really don't like any of the supposed candidates now but its early.

    November 19, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. CB FL

    This will not go over in Texas because it is common sense. That is something Texas has a problem with. If it helps the middle class the REPUGS will have nothing to do with it. Just like not taking the Medicaid from the government that leave over a million people without health insurance. They have theirs and could care less about the other people.

    November 19, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. The REAL Truth...

    @Archer – Wendy is the fanatic who railed on for hours about abortion. Most people agree that abortion to save the life of mother is fine. But that's not what she made her stand on.
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    That's not what she made her stand on, and not what her filibuster was about. It was about the 20-week rule, the admitting privilege requirement (essentially forcing most clinics to close), and other limitation that the bill put in place. It had nothing to do with what your post stated.
    If you are in TX, then you know very well that what you are spouting is BS and ur myopic perspective. Typical rw – it's fine.. as long as you do things the way I want.

    November 19, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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