Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

The Cowardice of Wendy Davis
National Review Online ^ | January 31, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg

Posted on 02/03/2014 7:43:04 AM PST by Academiadotorg

Wendy Davis, a Democratic state senator running to replace Rick Perry as governor of Texas, owes her political stardom to two things: a pair of pink sneakers and her unstinting support for a woman’s right to terminate a late-term pregnancy in a substandard clinic. Yay, feminism!

Last year, Davis led an eleven-hour filibuster — that’s where the sneakers came in handy — to block legislation that would ban abortion after 20 weeks and require abortion clinics to meet the same standards that hospital-style surgical centers do.

Advertisement This was all going on against the backdrop of the sensational Kermit Gosnell case in Pennsylvania. Gosnell ran a bloody, filthy “clinic” where he performed late-term abortions with a barbarity you’d expect to find in a Saw movie. Sometimes he’d “snip” the spines of fully-delivered babies with a pair of scissors. His instruments were so unsanitary that some women got STDs from them. Cat feces was a common sight on the procedure-room floors.

In short, you didn’t need to be an abortion-rights activist to find the story of interest, but you’d certainly expect an activist to be up to speed on it.

Working on that theory, The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack caught up with Davis last August to ask her a few questions.

McCormack noted that once you got past the squalor and filth of the clinic, Gosnell’s illegal late-term abortions weren’t all that different from legal late-term abortions in other states. “What is the difference . . . ,” McCormack asked, “between legal abortion at 23 weeks and what Gosnell did? Do you see a distinction between those two [acts]?”

“I don’t know what happened in the Gosnell case,” Davis replied. “But I do know that it happened in an ambulatory surgical center. And in Texas changing our clinics to that standard obviously isn’t going to make a difference.”

She should have stopped with “I don’t know what happened in the Gosnell case” — because in the words of the grand-jury report, the “abhorrent conditions and practices inside Gosnell’s clinic [were] directly attributable to the Pennsylvania Health Department’s refusal to treat abortion clinics as ambulatory surgical facilities.”

So the one thing she claimed to know wasn’t true. Also, what curious incuriosity. If you were suddenly a national leader on an issue you felt passionately about, wouldn’t you want to know what happened in a case that cuts to the heart of your cause?

Not Davis. Her time is better spent denouncing the ignorance of women who disagree with her. When McCormack asked what to make of the fact that a majority of American women support a ban on late-term abortions, Davis responded, “I again think that a lot of people don’t really understand the landscape of what’s happening in that arena today.”

Think about that. In the course of a short conversation, she revealed that she didn’t know what she was talking about while casually dismissing the majority of American women who disagreed with her as not knowing what they’re talking about.

Let’s fast-forward to 2014. Davis was recently interviewed by Jorge Ramos of Fusion TV. He asked her, “When does life start? When does a human being become one?”

Davis answered with a non-answer: “You know, the Supreme Court of course has answered this decision, in terms of what our protections are.” Blah blah blah.

Tom Bevan of RealClearPolitics slammed Davis for being “too cowardly to give a straight answer, let alone a thoughtful one, to a straightforward question that goes to the heart of a matter she has made the signature issue of her political life.”

I agree. But Davis is merely at the forefront of the cowardice epidemic. On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade earlier this month, President Obama couldn’t bring himself to say the word “abortion,” preferring instead virtually every poll-tested buzzword. Indeed, in all of the “war on women” noise, abortion is almost always wrapped in the velvety euphemisms of “women’s health” and “reproductive choice.”

It should tell you something when passionate advocates of unrestricted abortion are so uncomfortable talking about . . . abortion.

Perhaps all of the rage abortion extremists aim at their opponents is cover for a deep insecurity — maybe psychological, definitely political — about the reality of what they are defending. Senator Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.) once said that life begins “when you bring your baby home” from the hospital. That is not very far from Wendy Davis’s position. But she doesn’t want to say that — certainly not in Texas! Better to change the subject to the evils of her opponents and — hey — have you seen my sneakers?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: abortion; texas; wendydavis

1 posted on 02/03/2014 7:43:04 AM PST by Academiadotorg
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Academiadotorg

We are somehow playing into their hands-not hers. She will go down as a martyr and reap the rewards(Senate?) when/if Texas turns blue.


2 posted on 02/03/2014 7:48:46 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Academiadotorg
Wendy is merely an Obama proxy, nothing more.

Texans need to wake up to this fact.

3 posted on 02/03/2014 7:48:47 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: fwdude

ditto Sandra Fluke.


4 posted on 02/03/2014 7:50:02 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Academiadotorg

More and more, I believe the anti-Christ will be a woman.


5 posted on 02/03/2014 7:54:10 AM PST by polymuser
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Academiadotorg
Let's see - Senator Cruz leads a filibuster and he's ostracized.

Wendy Davis leads a filibuster and she's idolized.

What am I missing here?

6 posted on 02/03/2014 7:55:58 AM PST by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: fwdude

Texas is aware of this fact. Politically she is toast here.


7 posted on 02/03/2014 7:57:22 AM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Academiadotorg

A great campaign ad for Abbott would be a recording of Wendy Davis’ voice from that filibuster praising the “sacredness” of abortion, dubbed against a video of stills from Gosnell’s slaughterhouse and some footage from the film “Silent Scream.”


8 posted on 02/03/2014 8:10:45 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Academiadotorg

I support late term abortions for all who are of Wendy Davis’s ilk. Up to a 2,600 week (50 year) late term abortion. She should be proud of me. I’m more liberal on the issue than she is...


9 posted on 02/03/2014 8:18:42 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: eCSMaster
"What am I missing here?"

You must be sexist for pointing this out. The Left is allergic to logic or consistency.

10 posted on 02/03/2014 8:23:27 AM PST by Truth29
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: piytar
Texas is aware of this fact. Politically she is toast here.

The only thing that remains to be seen is the margin by which she is toast. If she gets over 39% of the vote, that will be appalling.

11 posted on 02/03/2014 8:47:49 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: fwdude

Hopefully her main function is to vacuum up national progressive $$ that could otherwise go to races that may be close.

If she is too low in the polls that won’t happen.


12 posted on 02/03/2014 8:51:29 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: eCSMaster

The letter D.


13 posted on 02/03/2014 9:06:16 AM PST by Cymbaline ("Allahu Akbar": Arabic for "Nothing To See Here" - Mark Steyn)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: fwdude
Windy is merely an Obama proxy, nothing more.

Windy the Windbag.

14 posted on 02/03/2014 11:26:01 AM PST by Ron H. (The GOP-e is the Tea Party's best recruiter yet. Stay at it GOP the Tea Party appreciates your help.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: polymuser

That idea hit me this week. I think you might be correct.


15 posted on 02/03/2014 11:28:13 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson