Wendy Davis: No filibuster this time around

posted at 1:21 pm on July 2, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Round Two in the Texas battle to limit abortions to 20 weeks and to require that abortionists meet the same standards as any other ambulatory surgical center started yesterday. Round One went to state Senator Wendy Davis, whose filibuster lasted almost long enough to stop the bill in the previous session, and to the mob that disrupted the legislature long enough to kill SB5. Pro-abortion forces in Texas wanted a rematch, but Davis says that she has no plans to conduct another filibuster (via LifeNews):

A spokesman for Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis, who stood and spoke for more than 12 hours to help kill the bill last week, says she won’t filibuster the legislation a second time.

“You can’t have a 30-day filibuster,” says spokesman Rick Svatora. “The point is [Republicans] mismanaged things so badly the first time around it allowed a filibuster to occur. The Lt. Gov. [David Dewhurst] has pledged he won’t allow that to happen this time around.”

Really?  Not even an attempt?  Davis didn’t have to stage a 30-day filibuster the last time, thanks to complacent Republicans who didn’t anticipate the last-day tactic.  Even with that, Davis didn’t actually succeed in blocking the vote; Republicans used parliamentary tactics to finally end her floor time and had long enough to get the vote accomplished.  The remaining time got stolen from the legislature by observers in the gallery, who erupted in protest and refused to allow the chamber to come to order.  Republicans plan to prepare for that this time around, too, as Dewhurst told me last week.

One might think that Davis would at least offer a pro forma attempt at a filibuster, if for no other reason than to satisfy her legion of fans outside of Texas, which includes more than a few members of the media.  That cheering section doesn’t include Kirsten Powers, as she explains at The Daily Beast:

So no, I don’t stand with Wendy. Nor do most women, as it turns out. According to a June National Journal poll, 50 percent of women support, and 43 percent oppose, a ban on abortion after 20 weeks, except in cases of rape and incest.

One can assume I am also not the only woman in America who is really tiring of the Wendys of the world claiming to represent “women’s rights” in their quest to mainstream a medical procedure—elective late-term abortion—that most of the civilized world finds barbaric and abhorrent. In many European countries, you can’t get an abortion past 12 weeks, except in narrow circumstances. Gallup reported in January that 80 percent of Americans think abortion should be illegal in the third trimester, and 64 percent think it should be illegal in the second trimester.

If the majority of Americans oppose elective late-term abortion, why do we have Davis complaining to CBS’s Bob Schieffer that the male politicians who are championing the late-term abortion ban are “bullying women”? Maybe it’s she who is bullying the rest of us into supporting a view that is mocked by scientific advancement; namely 3-D sonograms. Maybe we should be thankful for the men and wonder what is wrong with the women who think protecting the right to abort your baby for any reason up to the 26th week is a “human right.”

Heck, even Wendy doesn’t plan to stand with Wendy this time around.

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Bladder infection..?

d1carter on July 2, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Really? Not even an attempt?

Nah, why try and fail? They already have a game plan to obstruct the will of the voters in court.

forest on July 2, 2013 at 1:26 PM

It’s just because she doesn’t want to steal thunder from her new initiative. She’ll be introducing a bill to expand a woman’s right to choose. No longer will the arbitrary moment of a child’s birth pose a war-on-women-esque obstacle to “womens’ health”. Wendy supports a right to abort a fetus up to the eve of that fetus’ 18th birthday. Of course, Republican woman-haters are calling this “full-birth-abortion” but that’s just cause sexism and all. And racism too I think.

SoRight on July 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Bladder infection..?

d1carter on July 2, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Hopefully! :)

Anti-Control on July 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Time to send in moron Biden.

Eph on July 2, 2013 at 1:33 PM

So I guess “something special wont be happening in Austin” today

Eph on July 2, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Heck, even Wendy doesn’t plan to stand with Wendy this time around.

The land doesn’t either.

Schadenfreude on July 2, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Who filibusters in favor of killing a baby? Now that is weird.

pat on July 2, 2013 at 1:35 PM

I wonder what’s happening at the WH at night..? #michellesprison

d1carter on July 2, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Liberal hero stumbles into defeat?

*sad trombone*

Dack Thrombosis on July 2, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Kirsten Powers is pro life, do readers not know this? I am pretty sure on Fox, that Bob Beckel is too, and perhaps Juan Williams also.

I wonder if this makes it harder for them out in the media world. Their industry is full of bigots who don’t approve of individual reason and choice, just slavish following of what is cool.

Fleuries on July 2, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Bladder infection..?

d1carter on July 2, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Hopefully! :)

Anti-Control on July 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

:) That or a UTI with a side of yeast..

Seriously, she isn’t going to filibuster because she achieved what she wanted-press and name recognition. She has now become a rising star nationally in the Democratic party. It was never about “womyn;” it was always about Wendy..

melle1228 on July 2, 2013 at 1:38 PM

A baby in every pot!

John the Libertarian on July 2, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Really? Not even an attempt?

She wants to save face. “Davis triumphs over Republicans, and looks FABULOUS doing it” is a much nicer headline for the left than “Texas overwhelmingly approves bill to stop baby butchering after 20 weeks.”

Stoic Patriot on July 2, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Wendy who?

Tater Salad on July 2, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Heck, even Wendy doesn’t plan to stand with Wendy this time around.

HA!

This is a losing battle for Democrats in Texas…

Abortion on demand…

Sweden – 18 weeks
Norway – 12 weeks
Germany – 12 weeks
France – 12 weeks

Texans don’t want Gosnell Clinics in Texas.

Yep.

workingclass artist on July 2, 2013 at 1:47 PM

What more could Wendy say this time that she couldn’t say in those first ten hours?

Liam on July 2, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Pain and its effects in the human neonate and fetus. New England Journal of Medicine. 317:21 (1987) 1321-1329. This is just one of dozens of scientific studies that demonstrate what any neonatal nurse would tell you. The stick of a needle brings both the same recoil and a grimace that it would bring on the mother.

The Journal of Neuroscience has confirmed that brain cells at 20 weeks are “alive and communicating,” this means that those brains are medically alive, period. The same standard would prevent us from killing an adult patient in a hospital that is unconscious.

The science says that a 20 week old baby is alive and deserves protection under the law.

The Bill also forces clinics to use Physicians with surgical privileges at Hospitals within a 30 mile radius.

PPL can afford to pay Astroturfers up to 2300.00/wkly and advertize that on Craig’s List…Yet they can’t afford to cleanup their clinics or hire decent physicians?

workingclass artist on July 2, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Fleuries on July 2, 2013 at 1:37 PM

pro-life? that’s a stretch. Pro-life begins at conception, is that what Powers and Beckel really believe?

kirkill on July 2, 2013 at 1:54 PM

workingclass artist on July 2, 2013 at 1:52 PM

But the same people who champion abortion at 20 weeks cringe at the thought of the pain that a death row murderer would feel when receiving the lethal injection

Ditkaca on July 2, 2013 at 1:57 PM

One would like to think it was her conscience getting the better of her but I’m betting it’s something much more trivial…like political grandstanding only goes so far until the fun wears off and it becomes real work.

Cleombrotus on July 2, 2013 at 2:10 PM

One would like to think it was her conscience getting the better of her but I’m betting it’s something much more trivial…like political grandstanding only goes so far until the fun wears off and it becomes real work.

Cleombrotus on July 2, 2013 at 2:10 PM

I think it more the fact that the Legislature is on to the Shenagins and is prepared to put a stop to them.

Johnnyreb on July 2, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Polling must be a killer for the libs. I saw the Chronicle run a story last night on it and the sane comments out number their usual pack of hyenas by at least 2:1. Its’ usually 10:1 the other way on most of their commentors.

I honestly think they pay their young staff to spill their bilge in the comments.

DanMan on July 2, 2013 at 2:31 PM

But the same people who champion abortion at 20 weeks cringe at the thought of the pain that a death row murderer would feel when receiving the lethal injection

Ditkaca on July 2, 2013 at 1:57 PM

To the left…it’s just a mass of tissue and that’s the lie a lot of women bought…It’s the lie taught in schools.

That’s why I don’t go after the women who get abortions…but the women who promote the Lie.

Women need to be educated because a lot of them get their education from amoral moonbats.

Parents,community leaders,pro-life physicians and churches need to keep steppin up.

Things will change as more men seek equal consideration…and they will.

workingclass artist on July 2, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Her drainage bag must be full.

Kensington on July 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Polling must be a killer for the libs.

DanMan on July 2, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Ooh, you might be onto something here, although you wouldn’t know it by the jackals howling to #StandWithWendy on Facebook.

Kensington on July 2, 2013 at 2:44 PM

But the same people who champion abortion at 20 weeks cringe at the thought of the pain that a death row murderer would feel when receiving the lethal injection

Ditkaca on July 2, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Or the “torture” that is waterboarding.

the left has a very, very strange set of morals and values – to the extent it has any.

Monkeytoe on July 2, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Kensington on July 2, 2013 at 2:44 PM

anything I need to know on facebook my wife tells me about and MM’s Twitchy is as close to twitter as I need to be. Like I mentioned about the comments posted in the newspaper, they typically screen the sane ones and post the mess like I see over there at Twitchy that degenerate into imbecelic

DanMan on July 2, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Well, you know, an abortion is really no different from a colonoscopy.

UltimateBob on July 2, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Abortion on demand…

Sweden – 18 weeks
Norway – 12 weeks
Germany – 12 weeks
France – 12 weeks

Texans don’t want Gosnell Clinics in Texas.

Yep.

workingclass artist on July 2, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Funny how they selectively cite those “forward thinking, advanced” Europeans when it suits them. This time – not so much.

Hill60 on July 2, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Back to your cave, bat!

Pork-Chop on July 2, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Not only can’t you have a 30 day filibuster, but people are beginning to notice that this isn’t about women’s rights, it’s about enabling late term abortion in sub-standard abortion clinics.

This doesn’t sell well in Fort Worth.

applebutter on July 2, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Well, you know, an abortion is really no different from a colonoscopy.

UltimateBob on July 2, 2013 at 3:03 PM

No, the “progressives” WANT govt in their colons

Bevan on July 2, 2013 at 3:57 PM

“A vignette from what has become an ugly week in Texas.

State senator Donna Campbell, who issued the third point of order against Davis’s filibuster (which ended it), has also been the target of extensive verbal abuse from pro-choice protesters, according to her spokesman Jon Oliver.

They’ve received Facebook messages and e-mails saying, “I hope you’re raped” and “I hope your daughter’s raped,” Oliver tells me.

“Lots of language — ‘You’re an effin’ blank,’ ‘You are a traitor to women’ — those kind of things,” Oliver says. “I wouldn’t say anything’s necessarily a direct threat, but they’re the kind of e-mails that make you a little nervous, especially when you start talking about family members: ‘I hope your family members are raped.’”

Dr. Campbell, an ER physician in Austin, is a wife and a mother. The national media have not lionized Dr. Campbell for standing up. They are not writing about her shoes or her courage. There has been no campaign to fill her office with flowers.

President Obama tweeted during Davis’ filibuster:

Something special is happening in Austin tonight: http://t.co/RpbnCbO6zw #StandWithWendy

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 26, 2013

Threatening rape against women of faith and their families: Now seen as “special” by the President of the United States.

The Texas Democratic Party and their ilk have taken to the slogan “Stand with Texas Women” during the battle over SB5. Here we have its allies pining for rape for Texas female leadership and their families. The Texas Democratic Party, as is its wont, has remained silent and is too cowardly to stand up against its own internal war on women…”

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/07/02/pro-abortion-protesters-threaten-female-texas-state-senator-i-hope-youre-raped/

workingclass artist on July 2, 2013 at 3:58 PM

But the same people who champion abortion at 20 weeks cringe at the thought of the pain that a death row murderer would feel when receiving the lethal injection

Ditkaca on July 2, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Or the “torture” that is waterboarding.

the left has a very, very strange set of morals and values – to the extent it has any.

Monkeytoe on July 2, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Progressives are Nihilists.

workingclass artist on July 2, 2013 at 4:01 PM

She’s probably not all “hot and juicy” for a repeat, since the Republicans are now fully aware of her back brace and catheter and will stop her from using either.

PJ Emeritus on July 2, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Hill60 on July 2, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Funny how far the point flies over you Lefties’ heads.

YOU are the ones who worship the social democracies of Europe, WE are simply pointing out the HIPOCRACY invloved in YOUR position on abortion versus those countries’.

Thick does not BEGIN to describe a Proggie.

PJ Emeritus on July 2, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Davis has probably been presented with polling from her own district. I doubt it looks good.

Missy on July 2, 2013 at 4:20 PM

The remaining time got stolen from the legislature by observers in the gallery, who erupted in protest and refused to allow the chamber to come to order. Republicans plan to prepare for that this time around, too, as Dewhurst told me last week.

You send in a good ol’ posse of Texas State Police officers to clear the Texas State Capitol of all people who are not elected members of the State Legislature prior to the vote. If “the people of Texas” need to know what happened, then you televise the roll call vote, and announce the results on all major media outlets in Texas.

Then the police posse escorts the voted-on bill to Gov. Perry’s office for his signature.

Lt. Gov. Dewhurst needs to call Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and find out how it’s done.

Steve Z on July 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Davis has probably been presented with polling from her own district. I doubt it looks good.

Missy on July 2, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Yep.

workingclass artist on July 2, 2013 at 4:51 PM