Wendy Davis: Actually, I support banning abortion after 20 weeks with a few exceptions

posted at 11:21 am on February 12, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via Charles Cooke, who notes that between this and her newfound support for open carry, Davis would probably qualify as a tea-party candidate in a blue state like Connecticut.

At the rate we’re going, she’s going to end up filibustering a pro-choice bill before November.

Davis, a Fort Worth senator and the likely Democratic nominee for governor, told The Dallas Morning News’ editorial board that less than one-half of 1 percent of Texas abortions occur after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Most of those were in cases where fetal abnormalities were evident or there were grave risks to the health of the woman…

But the Democrat said the state’s new abortion law didn’t give priority to women in those circumstances. The law allows for exceptions for fetal abnormalities and a threat to the woman’s life, but Davis said those didn’t go far enough.

“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…

Davis said she could have supported a bill that contained only a 20-week ban, but the law’s restrictions on clinics and doctors have greatly curtailed access to the procedure in parts of Texas.

In other words … I don’t know what she’s saying. She’s saying, I guess, that she opposes no-questions-asked late-term abortion for the sake of convenience, but she wants women to be able to invoke the health exceptions essentially on their own say-so. The definition of abnormality or health risk would be subjective, not objective via legislative language — i.e. no questions asked. How many women in their third trimester who’ve resolved to abort would be deterred by a standard like that? All she’s doing with this parsing is trying to walk the line between signaling to casual Texas voters that she’s kinda sorta socially conservative while reassuring abortion warriors who follow this issue closely that her “ban” would have no teeth in practice. But that’s not her brand; the left loves her not because she’s willing to hide behind loopholes but because she’s a loud-and-proud filibusterin’ bulwark against the pro-life patriarchy. Says Jonah Goldberg, what exactly are people who “stand with Wendy” standing for at this point? Do they even know?

Honestly, I think this has become the most interesting electoral experiment in American politics. Her candidacy is about two things: Her knighting as pro-choice royalty last year and her biography as the professional woman who’s worked her way up and is on the cusp of proving that women really can have it all if Texas will just go ahead and make her governor. Red-state political realities are forcing her to give back the first credential. All that’s left of Wendy 2014 is feminist passion play. Hence the experiment: How much enthusiasm can she sustain among liberals for a candidacy that’s now purely about identity politics? Having achieved left-wing celebrity status, can she lose that status or will they feel duty-bound, if only to save face, to excuse her heresies and go down with the ship? There must be plenty of liberal Davis fans in Connecticut who’ve noticed her nascent tea-partyism. Will they continue to pony up donations, telling themselves that it’s Good For Women and that she’ll revert to form once in office a la Obama and gay marriage? Or will they decide that it’s no fun cheering for a fighting liberal who’d rather hide and lose a close-ish election than fight and lose badly?

Either way, this is why the scrutiny of her life story is more damaging to her than it is to most candidates. It’s not because there’s a double standard for women, as she recently and predictably implied. It’s because, once you take her bio away, there’s nothing left. Exit question: If Sandra Fluke were running in a red state, she’d be anti-contraception now, right?


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Wendy just wants to turn TX a reddish tinge of deep blue.

Dan333 on February 12, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Damn, you can’t make this stuff up.

supernova on February 12, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Poor Wendy..after this the only career path for her in TX is going to be a spokesperson for female catheters.

HumpBot Salvation on February 12, 2014 at 12:53 PM

I interpret this as her say, “I’m not a wh*re, but leave the money on the nightstand anyway”.

SouthernGent on February 12, 2014 at 12:13 PM

^^ THIS ^^

Shay on February 12, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Her and kirsten powers should get together and discuss their come to Jesus moments. Abortion Barbie is just another lying political shill pimping for votes because she knows she is done. Measure her for the mill stone.

crosshugger on February 12, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Not sure why this race is getting the national attention it is. If she even had a snowball’s chance in hell of winning I would understand. But she doesn’t, so WTF?

TXAggieRay on February 12, 2014 at 12:54 PM

“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…

Exceptions if allowed MUST be written clearly otherwise a woman claiming that if she is burdened with a baby she will lose significant sleep WILL be accepted by the Left as “a significant threat to the health of the mother”.

slickwillie2001 on February 12, 2014 at 12:59 PM

…is she late?

KOOLAID2 on February 12, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Oh, so glad you came around to rational thinking.

Now go away.

MisterElephant on February 12, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Exceptions if allowed MUST be written clearly otherwise a woman claiming that if she is burdened with a baby she will lose significant sleep WILL be accepted by the Left as “a significant threat to the health of the mother”.

slickwillie2001 on February 12, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Here’s the thing folks…tests for Down’s Syndrome isn’t available until 18-20 weeks. It is impolite to say, but all these people are fighting against these measures because it doesn’t allow them to kill their “imperfect” children. Most abortions happen in the first trimester, but I would say the ones later on usually are because the children have some inconvenient medical condition.

cptacek on February 12, 2014 at 1:03 PM

She is soaked with the blood of the unborn.

In the Progressive temple of political power she’s passed the first altar and is headed into the holy of holies if she can just deceive enough voters.

PappyD61 on February 12, 2014 at 1:05 PM

She should remember the message that sparked the country to stand behind her.

HillAREwe on February 12, 2014 at 11:32 AM

I found this at liberaldictionary.dum

Country: [kuhn-tree]

1 – Manhattan; San Francisco; Chicago; Massachusetts
2 – Fantasyland
3 – Place where stupid rubes aren’t allowed
4 – Home to unicorns
5 – Any place where at least 10 people gather in support of a liberal policy or person

Bishop on February 12, 2014 at 11:40 AM

LOL. It’s hard to top that exchange. It looks like Davis is actually trying to “win” this election rather than just being a martyr for the left. I’ll give her credit for one thing – it’s pretty entertaining following this race in Texas.

TarheelBen on February 12, 2014 at 1:05 PM

No wonder Hillary doesn’t (supposedly) to run.

With the nutso chance that she could win, she’d be immediately a 2016 contender, and she seems like a much younger less cankled version of Hillary. Though is she as vicious?

PappyD61 on February 12, 2014 at 1:06 PM

(supposedly) want her to run….

….old crochety fingers and that dang ipad thingy.

PappyD61 on February 12, 2014 at 1:08 PM

She’s as big a harlot as Crist of FL, Specter of PA and Gaby Giffords.

Schadenfreude on February 12, 2014 at 1:08 PM

…the left loves her not because she’s willing to hide behind loopholes but because she’s a loud-and-proud filibusterin’ bulwark against the pro-life patriarchy.

This is the beauty of being a doe-eyed reflexively liberal voter: you get to FEEL more than THINK.

The image of Davis to liberals all over the country is an attractive single mom in fashionable sneakers speaking Girlpower truth to knuckle-dragging wife-beating patriarchal evildoers. This image, despite having exactly no basis in reality, is/was seared into the memory of your basic Low-info/No-info liberal voter the minute Davis’ 15-minute fame clock started ticking.

They love her till the end for this image. Its all they know or need to know about Davis, and nothing she does or says after that image was imprinted will ever change the mind of a lib.

Sacramento on February 12, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Will they continue to pony up donations, telling themselves that it’s Good For Women and that she’ll revert to form once in office a la Obama and gay marriage?

Nah, she’s just a traditional Republican without a party.

Hell, there’s barely any light between her and progs like Dana Perino or all the other non-Condi women from the W years.

She’s another Shoulda-Been Palin, a pretty broad who can sway the base, but her MO is way too craven and self-serving. So no base can trust her.

I may knock Palin, but I’ll always give her credit for knowing when her aspirations are becoming self-destructive. Davis does not possess that awareness.

budfox on February 12, 2014 at 1:09 PM

She’s saying, I guess, that she opposes no-questions-asked late-term abortion for the sake of convenience, but she wants women to be able to invoke the health exceptions essentially on their own say-so.

Problem with Wendy’s position is that we’ve been down that road before, and we know exactly where it goes. When the law leaves the decision up to the woman and her doctor, then the “mother’s health” exception quickly becomes the “mother’s mental health” exception, and that quickly becomes utterly meaningless. Anytime a woman past 20 weeks comes into the clinic, the abortion doctor signs a statement certifying that the mother’s mental health would be significantly impaired by continuing the pregnancy (because she’d be anxious about taking care of a baby, worried about being inconvenienced by a baby, etc.), and the late-term abortion is performed — on a perfectly healthy mother, and a perfectly healthy baby.

“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…

The law can’t give deference to the woman and her doctor when it comes to late term abortions, Wendy, because we’ve seen too many times how that deference is routinely abused by the unscrupulous operators in the abortion industry. If the law is going to have any meaning at all, the exceptions must be narrowly defined by the legislature.

AZCoyote on February 12, 2014 at 1:13 PM

In essence, Wendy stumbled into candidacy for governor. She is the accidental candidate. She had done nothing to prepare for this role, and it shows. She is all over the place because she has no guiding principles or values. She was inserted unexpectedly into a major race. Even Barack Obama prepared for his political role. He knew what he wanted yo achieve when he got there.

Techster64 on February 12, 2014 at 1:15 PM

So Davis is basically acting like a RINO. We know she will lurch to the left once elected. The conservative base is used to seeing this in the Republican party.

Wigglesworth on February 12, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Some smart Republican should introduce the Wendy Davis bill that would outlaw late term abortions using the restrictions that she has supported.

THen we can see how popular she stays with the left.

RUexperienced on February 12, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Even Wendy’s own facial warts aren’t buying this LIE.

Pork-Chop on February 12, 2014 at 1:26 PM

20 weeks? I guess that she must have spoken with God and got the OK. Also, I guess that means 19 weeks is “clear to abort”!

cajunpatriot on February 12, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Anytime a woman past 20 weeks comes into the clinic, the abortion doctor signs a statement certifying that the mother’s mental health would be significantly impaired by continuing the pregnancy (because she’d be anxious about taking care of a baby, worried about being inconvenienced by a baby, etc.), and the late-term abortion is performed — on a perfectly healthy mother, and a perfectly healthy baby.

I’d be mighty curious to see exactly how many of these abortions are being performed because there are paternity issues at play. In other words, Mom is “further along than she thought she was” and the baby is actually fathered by the ex boyfriend, not the current one. Or is a result of an affair the woman had some time back, and not a reconciliation with her husband or boyfriend.

I expect numbers on this sort of thing are going to be impossible to come by because few women are going to admit to this. But I’m still curious.

dogwoodtiredkat on February 12, 2014 at 1:41 PM

This is the beauty of being a doe-eyed reflexively liberal voter: you get to FEEL more than THINK.

The image of Davis to liberals all over the country is an attractive single mom in fashionable sneakers speaking Girlpower truth to knuckle-dragging wife-beating patriarchal evildoers. This image, despite having exactly no basis in reality, is/was seared into the memory of your basic Low-info/No-info liberal voter the minute Davis’ 15-minute fame clock started ticking.

They love her till the end for this image. Its all they know or need to know about Davis, and nothing she does or says after that image was imprinted will ever change the mind of a lib.

Sacramento on February 12, 2014 at 1:09 PM

My collie dog is impressed with your grasp of the shallowness of the liberal identity. Of course, living in California will intensify one’s clarity of thought on the subject, n’est-ce pas?

My collie says:

I hope that you are able to find a place of refuge in the central valley.

CyberCipher on February 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM

I’ve always heard, if you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, then baffle them with bullshit. I think we all know what this is.

DDay on February 12, 2014 at 1:51 PM

She’s starting to remind me of this dude we had in Florida named Charlie Crist …

HiredGun on February 12, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Poor Wendy, aka Abortion Barbie, is a joke. The only reason the Dems are still defending her is because they don’t want to admit that someone didn’t do their homework on vetting her before they threw themselves behind her and her ridiculous campaign. Now the Dems are desperately trying to spin the spotlight on Davis’ backstory into this “double standard” crap. Abortion Barbie lied about her life story and now, finding her “campaign” imploding, is throwing out anything to make her a credible candidate. I bet her inner circle aren’t sure what she stands for. What a joke.

Angstlee on February 12, 2014 at 2:15 PM

She’s as big a harlot as Crist of FL, Specter of PA and Gaby Giffords.

Schadenfreude on February 12, 2014 at 1:08 PM

How dare you invoke Giffords’ name you big meanie!

UnstChem on February 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

*facepalm*

She’s a total ditz and a shame on Texas.
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Like Pillosi, she must think we all are stoopid as she is.
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I think their plastic surgeons have possible done some brain damage on both in the attempt to remove “ugly”.
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Or, maybe it’s the botox. Or, the hair bleach.

avagreen on February 12, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Step right up ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and behold… the Human Pretzel!

dpduq on February 12, 2014 at 2:47 PM

That’s why I like this broad – she sticks to her principles. Day in and day out, on any given day, she is as steadfastly principled as she can be…on that day.

However, tomorrow is always another day and she’ll have another principle to stand on, but that’s tomorrow.

You go, toots!

Dugger on February 12, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Hence the experiment: How much enthusiasm can she sustain among liberals for a candidacy that’s now purely about identity politics?

she caused a lot of consternation among many of her devotees. This will not help

Not that she had much of a chance.

Then again, they may scream out loud about here backpedaling while behind closed doors realize that once elected she “will have more flexibility.” Hail satan.

davidk on February 12, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Well I said last week that I wouldn’t be surprised if by the end of this week she will be supporting prayer in school and the 10 Commandments on display in every classroom.

Such mealy-mouthed stuff is of no real surprise.

And she still has a couple of days left to really put on the pandering pantsuit.

ajacksonian on February 12, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Nah, she’s just a traditional Republican without a party.

Hell, there’s barely any light between her and progs like Dana Perino or all the other non-Condi women from the W years.

She’s another Shoulda-Been Palin, a pretty broad who can sway the base, but her MO is way too craven and self-serving. So no base can trust her.

I may knock Palin, but I’ll always give her credit for knowing when her aspirations are becoming self-destructive. Davis does not possess that awareness.

budfox on February 12, 2014 at 1:09 PM

passive-aggressive

davidk on February 12, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Step right up ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and behold… the Human Pretzel!
dpduq on February 12, 2014 at 2:47 PM

A move she no doubt perfected while searching for a new sugar daddy, or trying for better grades at Haaaahvaaahd….

dentarthurdent on February 12, 2014 at 3:02 PM

A moderate Repub!
This is gonna be some Texas sized fun.

verbaluce on February 12, 2014 at 3:04 PM

you big meanie!

UnstChem on February 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Thank you for the compliment. My nom appreciates it :)

Schadenfreude on February 12, 2014 at 3:08 PM

she’s ‘against’ abortion after 20 weeks, but post erection…

If her ex-husband had had the good sense to discuss law school financing post erection, ole Wendy would have been the proud holder of a UT Law degree and a panhandle-sized student loan balance.

Barnestormer on February 12, 2014 at 3:16 PM

She was against it, before she was for it.

listens2glenn on February 12, 2014 at 3:54 PM

She’s shrewd. This strengthens her chances. Her tribe knows it’s all BS. They know what she really thinks and what she’ll really do once in power; these people send their own pheronome signals to each other. No, this won’t dampen her turn out among the true believers — it will INCREASE it.

rrpjr on February 12, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Gives new meaning to ‘Wendy Whoppers’.

UnstChem on February 12, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Except this one has a mattress strapped to her back.

UnstChem on February 12, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Will they continue to pony up donations, telling themselves that it’s Good For Women and that she’ll revert to form once in office a la Obama and gay marriage?

Why, yes, yes she will.

Knott Buyinit on February 12, 2014 at 6:07 PM

The stink of desperation.

joecollins on February 12, 2014 at 7:20 PM

“What I mean, is that I’m not disavowing having not said what people think that I said before, which wasn’t really accurate at all, because intolerant racist Republicans.”

Only Democrats can get away with this sort of non speak/doublespeak, without being pilloried.
If she was a Republican: She’d be drawn and quartered by the MSM, for using an inappropriate semicolon in a college thesis.

orangemtl on February 12, 2014 at 7:34 PM

The problem with lying hypocrites is that they’re lying hypocrites.

John the Libertarian on February 12, 2014 at 7:52 PM

This is gonna be some Texas sized fun.

verbaluce on February 12, 2014 at 3:04 PM

I’m not usually a rubbernecker, but I’m gonna pull over, make some popcorn, and watch this sh*t come crashing down around her.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 8:14 PM

It’s a shame. Wendy’s going all over the race. She should remember the message that sparked the country to stand behind her.

HillAREwe on February 12, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Only one troll post.

When you’ve lost the trolls……

itsspideyman on February 12, 2014 at 8:20 PM

She could win this election if she watches and learns from the video Sherman1864 posted on the Kirsten Powers thread…./

dentarthurdent on February 12, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Wendy Davis is being groomed for higher office. Her qualifications consist of having an Ivy League diploma (You all know how important it is that we be ruled by a cabal of Ivy League grads), her abortion Filibuster in the Texas Legislature, and her innie genital configuration. Any walk backs of controversial positions will be quietly airbrushed down the road.

She is being set up as another Obama, few qualifications but with key qualities that make them difficult to challenge. (Obama, his race and Davis, her sex) Instead of being called “racist,” critics will be termed “antiwoman.” Criticism of Davis will fold right into the “War on Women” meme.

schmuck281 on February 12, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Stand…no wait, Sit……err…. no , Stand with Wendy.

Live from the campaign trail

StubbornGreenBurros on February 12, 2014 at 10:07 PM

I’m still not buying any Girl Scout cookies.

texacalirose on February 12, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Does Ms. Davis have advisors?

ha_tspc on February 13, 2014 at 1:13 AM

Democrats cannot be trusted.

Example:
Montana’s Sen. Tester, Louisiana’s Sen. Landrieu, Nebraska’s Sen. Nelson, and Alaska’s Sen. Begich, all able to singlehandedly stop Obamacare in its tracks as the 60th cloture vote, worked together to pass the abomination and accepted huge bribes trying to placate their states in the process.

Another example:
Iowa gawks open mouthed as state judges force gay marriage on the supposedly Christian leaning state. They constantly elect Democrat governors that appoint liberal judges and yet they wonder how it could happen to them.

Perspicacity on February 13, 2014 at 2:12 AM

In case anyone missed the New York Times five-thousand word most recent puff piece, it now includes the new spin that Wendy Davis BUILT Fort Worth and brought us cow-towners into the modern age of horse-less carriages.

Meanwhile, the reality of Davis’s achievements were all around me as I drove back to my hotel, along a route that took me through her old City Council district, where few people probably spent much time wondering about what personal sacrifices went into the building of this bridge or that residential tower. What had once been a languid cow town was now a sleek city

Marcus on February 13, 2014 at 6:40 AM

Maybe Davis should ask the media to emphasize the shoes again…

zoyclem on February 13, 2014 at 6:41 AM

Lies and more Lies, what she says is acceptable, is already in the law !!!! and this is what she rallied against, talk about PHONY.

J Vance on February 13, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Maybe her strategy is to wow the crowds by eventually filibustering her own bill.

bmmg39 on February 13, 2014 at 9:10 PM

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