Wendy Davis, Democrat candidate for governor in Texas, tells the San Antonio Express-News that it would be “impossible” for the state legislature to pass a late-term abortion ban that would meet her approval. This does not square with a statement she gave earlier in the week.
“I’ve been disappointed with how the reporting has characterized my conversation with the Dallas Morning News. What I tried to convey there was that it’s impossible for the Legislature to define artfully enough exceptions that will accommodate everyday situations that women are facing in that arena, and that it has to be left to a woman and her doctor,” Davis said Thursday.
She continued, “I would not advocate for a 20-week ban because I don’t believe that it can capture and respect and give due deference to decision-making that belongs between a woman and her doctor. And typically, of course, these abortions are occurring in tragic situations where women have not discovered that there’s a severe fetal abnormality, or that there is some risk to her own health, until her pregnancy is advanced to that stage.”
Davis said such abortions are rare in Texas, “and I’m sensitive to the fact that they are occurring in places that really belong within the domain of a woman and her doctor to decide.”
What Davis actually said to the Dallas Morning News is that she did not believe that the state legislature should draft and pass an abortion bill because “we’re not doctors.” But the bill that Davis rose to fame filibustering was sponsored by Dr. Donna Campbell in the Texas Senate, who is an ER physician, a legislator, and a woman. The majority of women in Texas support that law, which was passed despite Davis’ protest and filibuster.
Davis has also said this week that she could get behind a 20-week abortion ban under the right circumstances. Now, she says that those circumstances are impossible.
If you can make any sense out of Davis’ evolving positions on the issue that made her famous, knock yourself out in the comments. She is giving off the appearance of not realizing that comments she gives in one place will show up and be dissected against comments she has made elsewhere.