This past June, Wendy Davis left her mark on the terrazzo floors of the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas. While Republican Governor Rick Perry pushed for a bill restricting abortions in the state, Senator Wendy Davis staged a nearly 13 hour filibuster fighting for a woman’s right to choose. She became Texas’ chosen one in those hours, and Thursday she is expected to announce her plans to run for Governor.
The following Senator Davis has acquired from her one-woman stance became even more considerable in the days and weeks after her stand for women’s rights. She continued vocalizing her demand for fairness, becoming the voice of wounded Texas women. As Governor Perry’s bill eventually slid into effect, Senator Davis and her constituents fought tirelessly to see its demise.
In Texas, a blood red Republican state, a woman’s right to choose a safe, private abortion has been effectively maimed. The bill the Republicans passed has created a hoop the women of the Lone Star States must jump through. Texas woman have decisions to make, and are being forced to make them hastily. This law states that no woman shall have an abortion past 20 weeks, all clinics must be an ambulatory surgical center instead of just a clinic, and all doctors must have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital. Democrats across the country have maintained this kind of regulation on a woman’s right to choose healthcare as an absolute assault. Many feel Rick Perry’s motives were riddled with conflict, considering his sister, Milla Perry Jones, is on the board of Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center Society. This leads many to question not only on his motives, but his recent announcement that he will not be seeking reelection.
As the women of Texas fight for their rights, they have also been nominating Senator Davis to the office of Texas Governor. On many social media sites there have been pages made in her honor, and a plethora of photos with titles like Wendy Davis for Governor of Texas. The rumors have been buzzing that she will, indeed, run for office, but as of Wednesday, news came that Thursday will be the day she makes the official announcement. Many Texans have anticipated this day for months, and it is sure to be a celebratory day for those who have titled her the “Chosen One.”
Wendy Davis, the 50 year old State Senator from Fort Worth, Texas may not have been widely known before June of this year, but in the past four months, she has quickly risen to stardom both politically and personally. Standing with the women of her state to fight for infringed upon rights, she has become known as a working Senator. Her efforts have made her a hero to many, and a fierce competitor to all. In her heroic battle to keep a state moving forward,Wendy Davis stands for every Texas woman, even those who disagree with her. What she has become in the minds of her supporters, is a glimmer of hope that a blood red state could perhaps become a little bluer. Wendy Davis is the “Chosen One” to the women in the great state of Texas.
Written by: Amy Magness Whatley