THERE IS an important race for governor in Texas starring Wendy Davis, who has a steep uphill battle to win, but whose candidacy was made possible through national attention over her abortion rights filibuster. In an interview with the Dallas News, Ms. Davis now states that she would have backed a 20-week abortion ban, had the bill given more “deference” to a woman and her doctor.
“I would line up with most people in Texas who would prefer that that’s not something that happens outside of those two arenas,” Davis said. …
[…] “My concern, even in the way the 20-week ban was written in this particular bill, was that it didn’t give enough deference between a woman and her doctor making this difficult decision, and instead tried to legislatively define what it was,” Davis said.
Planned Parenthood had no problems with this, nor did Emily’s List and NARAL. There are, however, some progressives not only concerned about Ms. Davis’s statement, but challenging her on it.
So, let me get this straight. Wendy Davis almost faints to the floor in a historic Texas filibuster defending the abortion rights of women, but now she’s not sufficiently feminist, because she’s said in an interview that a 20-week abortion ban, with appropriate deference to the woman and her doctor, is something she could have supported.
At Think Progress, one writer makes the argument that Davis’s position makes no sense. Then comes this nugget:
Furthermore, considering that abortions after 20 weeks make up just 1.5 percent of abortion procedures nationwide, it’s worth questioning whether any type of restriction in this area is actually necessary. What kind of impact is this law supposed to have? [Think Progress]
To follow that logic in the opposite direction, since “less than one-half of 1 percent of Texas abortions occur after 20 weeks of pregnancy,” why in the name of
ideological fanaticism all that’s sane is anyone questioning Wendy Davis’s bonafides on this?
Even understanding that fetal viability is seen at 24-weeks legally, and no one wants to give the war on women brigade an inch, there is no good reason to make Ms. Davis explain herself any further or fight on any hill this small, especially since her clarification comports with the majority of Texas voters.
Nothing makes Republicans and the right-wing twitch faster than a Democratic female running for office who isn’t afraid to talk openly about abortion while perfectly representing what most of her constituency believes.
In contrast, the unhinged right runs around with their hair on fire and their rhetoric set on blow torch, saying Wendy Davis is making a “defense of abortions up to the day of birth.” This is an outright lie.