Wendy Davis, the Democratic Texas State Senator who filibustered the most comprehensive anti-abortion bill in the nation Tuesday, is fighting back against Governor Rick Perry.
Perry has called another special session of the legislature beginning Monday, in an attempt to ramrod through an anti-abortion bill which would eliminate virtually all of Texas’ abortion clinics, and effectively end legal abortion in the state.
Ms. Davis began her filibuster at 11:18 Tuesday morning, standing in a pair of pink tennis shoes, and talked for almost 13 hours. She was not allowed to go ‘off subject,’ lean on any obstacle, or have food or bathroom breaks. At midnight, the crowd that filled the state capitol cheered loudly, “Wendy, Wendy, Wendy.”
Now another battle will begin.
Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, she said she expects a different fight this time.
“What they now have to confront is that the eyes of Texas, the eyes of the country, are watching and they are going to be held accountable for the decisions that they make in this process.” Davis said Sunday.
Ms. Davis said she was quite upset at the personal attacks at her levied by Perry. The governor told the ‘National Right to Life’ convention that she should learn from her own experience, having been a single mother, and eventually attaining a Harvard law degree. He said she should be grateful her mother did not have an abortion.
“It was a terrible personal thing for him to say,” Davis said of Perry’s insinuation that her own mother chose not to abort her. “I’ve been in the political arena for some time, and it takes a lot to offend me.”
To reasonable people, Ms. Davis has become a national heroine. Perry, of course, does not see it that way. She also accused Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst using the abortion legislation to “step up on the political ladder” by “bullying women and their liberties in the process.”
She said even more than for herself, she was ‘offended about the statement it makes on behalf of women throughout the state of Texas. “I think it showed disregard for the fact we all we each own our own personal history, we make choices and have the opportunity to take chances that present themselves to us. What this is about is making sure that women across the state of Texas have the same opportunity to make those choices and have the same chances that I had.”
She noted that experts outside the political world, such as the American Obstetrics and Gynecology College are saying if the clinics close, “that means of thousands and thousands and thousands of women will no longer have access to this safe reproductive healthcare.”
Perry may have chosen the wrong person to do battle with. He obviously doesn’t know single mothers. He may find out how tough they have been forced to become as he engages in combat with Ms. Davis. Wendy Davis is fighting back, and the battle scars will most likely belong to Perry.
The Guardian Express