Skip to comments.Wendy Davis: Actually, I support banning abortion after 20 weeks with a few exceptions
Posted on 02/12/2014 8:43:59 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Via Charles Cooke, who notes that between this and her newfound support for open carry, Davis would probably qualify as a tea-party candidate in a blue state like Connecticut.
At the rate we’re going, she’s going to end up filibustering a pro-choice bill before November.
Davis, a Fort Worth senator and the likely Democratic nominee for governor, told The Dallas Morning News editorial board that less than one-half of 1 percent of Texas abortions occur after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Most of those were in cases where fetal abnormalities were evident or there were grave risks to the health of the woman…
But the Democrat said the states new abortion law didnt give priority to women in those circumstances. The law allows for exceptions for fetal abnormalities and a threat to the womans life, but Davis said those didnt go far enough.
My concern, even in the way the 20-week ban was written in this particular bill, was that it didnt give enough deference between a woman and her doctor making this difficult decision, and instead tried to legislatively define what it was, Davis said…
Davis said she could have supported a bill that contained only a 20-week ban, but the laws restrictions on clinics and doctors have greatly curtailed access to the procedure in parts of Texas.
In other words … I don’t know what she’s saying. She’s saying, I guess, that she opposes no-questions-asked late-term abortion for the sake of convenience, but she wants women to be able to invoke the health exceptions essentially on their own say-so. The definition of abnormality or health risk would be subjective, not objective via legislative language — i.e. no questions asked. How many women in their third trimester who’ve resolved to abort would be deterred by a standard like that? All she’s doing with this parsing is trying to walk the line between signaling to casual Texas voters that she’s kinda sorta socially conservative while reassuring abortion warriors who follow this issue closely that her “ban” would have no teeth in practice. But that’s not her brand; the left loves her not because she’s willing to hide behind loopholes but because she’s a loud-and-proud filibusterin’ bulwark against the pro-life patriarchy. Says Jonah Goldberg, what exactly are people who “stand with Wendy” standing for at this point? Do they even know?
Honestly, I think this has become the most interesting electoral experiment in American politics. Her candidacy is about two things: Her knighting as pro-choice royalty last year and her biography as the professional woman who’s worked her way up and is on the cusp of proving that women really can have it all if Texas will just go ahead and make her governor. Red-state political realities are forcing her to give back the first credential. All that’s left of Wendy 2014 is feminist passion play. Hence the experiment: How much enthusiasm can she sustain among liberals for a candidacy that’s now purely about identity politics? Having achieved left-wing celebrity status, can she lose that status or will they feel duty-bound, if only to save face, to excuse her heresies and go down with the ship? There must be plenty of liberal Davis fans in Connecticut who’ve noticed her nascent tea-partyism. Will they continue to pony up donations, telling themselves that it’s Good For Women and that she’ll revert to form once in office a la Obama and gay marriage? Or will they decide that it’s no fun cheering for a fighting liberal who’d rather hide and lose a close-ish election than fight and lose badly?
Either way, this is why the scrutiny of her life story is more damaging to her than it is to most candidates. It’s not because there’s a double standard for women, as she recently and predictably implied. It’s because, once you take her bio away, there’s nothing left. Exit question: If Sandra Fluke were running in a red state, she’d be anti-contraception now, right?
Wendy honey, it's not going to work.
Bullsqueeze, chica. You made your claim to fame defending unfettered access to late term abortion, you skeevy opportunistic attention whore.
“The Obama model worked so well in Illinois. Let’s try it in Texas.” - The Left
That’s true. Her opposition could match her prior unbridled support against a backdrop of a partial-birth abortion if they wanted to. She is toast.
Wonder what she told her second husband he would be getting?
Pray America Wakes Up
Agree she is merely trying to placate those who may say they are pro-life but who don’t actually pay attention to the fine print of her statement.
she is trying to have her cake and eat it too I really really hope she loses the race for governor. does she have a primary challenger?
She has probably already turned off a lot of her supporters by saying this stuff. lol.
Who is she trying to entice to vote for her anyway?
Then again, leftists know they have to lie to get elected and their supporters know it too
Good question, who else is running in the Dem primary?
More importantly, she just turned off a HUGE chunk of her abortion zealot donors. They disown politicians if they do anything short of endorsing killing the baby within a day after it was born.
Wendy desperately flip flopping. No base turnout. She’ll lose by more than 10 points.
If nobody believes you,
Not really a lie.
Nobody believed Barack Obama was ever against gay marriage, so he paid no price on the left for this position. Everybody just discounted his statements. Turns out they were right.
Similarly, nobody in Texas, not one person in the whole damn state, believes that Wendy Davis is in favor of abortion restrictions after 20 weeks.
I wonder if her million dollar donors are having second thoughts?
Only works for the left, conservatives want honesty- which is another reason Romney wasn’t the guy.
She supports whatever will get her elected.
I detect no core values except self-promotion.
Wendy, if I want a waffle, I’ll go to IHOP
For abortion before she was against it before she was for it.
She seems to think she’s running against Abbot in the Republican primary. Someone needs to remind her that she switched to the Democrat party a couple of years ago.
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