Wendy Davis: On second thought, it’d be impossible to craft an appropriate ban on abortion after 20 weeks

posted at 12:41 pm on February 14, 2014 by Allahpundit

Is it really a flip-flop if a pol’s stating her honestly held position after first lying about it? Obama’s “evolution” on gay marriage was many things — cynical, duplicitous, proof that his base would rather hold power than defend their principles — but no one would call it a flip-flop, right?

Let’s call this a half-flip since her true position, like most liberals, is abortion on demand at whatever stage. That’s what this would amount to in practice, although she’s unwilling to frame it as such.

“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.”

Dan McLaughlin translates:

I’m tempted to accuse her of caving to lefties who felt “betrayed” that she backtracked on late-term abortion earlier this week (some of them did stand on principle this time, probably because governing Texas is less important than governing America) but that wouldn’t be fair. Her “support” for banning abortion after 20 weeks was a sham from the word go. Go back and read what she told the Dallas Morning News. She supports a ban in theory but in practice she wants the state to defer completely to women and their doctors when they invoke the health exceptions to it. In other words, if you say you’re exempt from the law, you are. Boehner should float that idea to Obama the next time he pushes a new assault-weapons ban. Compromise: Republicans will support the ban so long as it’s completely unenforceable. Don’t laugh — that’s basically the Democratic position on border security, no?

So yeah, this is Davis being Davis but I’m sure the upset among progressives at her half-flip was noticed at campaign HQ. Don’t expect too many more cynical lurches to the right from her, no matter how much standing pat as a true-blue liberal may hurt her. Speaking of which, here she is on gay marriage. According to one poll taken last year, a plurality of Texans support the practice and a heavy majority support some sort of legal recognition of gay relationships. She’s on safer ground taking this position than she is with late-term abortion.


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–Uncle, here’s the problem with that argument: Many more invasive medical procedures than abortion in Texas are done in doctor’s offices. And they don’t have to comply with the outpatient medical center standards.
jim56 on February 14, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Just curious – Could you identify a few of those “more invasive medical procedures” that are done in a doctor’s office that does not meet the standards?

dentarthurdent on February 14, 2014 at 4:04 PM

jim56 on February 14, 2014 at 2:09 PM

This a$$hole is a retread..

..just can’t pin it down.

BigWyo on February 14, 2014 at 4:21 PM

–Uncle, here’s the problem with that argument: Many more invasive medical procedures than abortion in Texas are done in doctor’s offices. And they don’t have to comply with the outpatient medical center standards.
jim56 on February 14, 2014 at 2:43 PM

I’m a board certified medical sub specialist. Fascinated to hear about these ‘more invasive procedures’ that we can do w/o outpatient standards.
Name one.
I’ll wait.

Thought so.

orangemtl on February 14, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Some plastic surgery, for a start.

jim56 on February 14, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Some plastic surgery, for a start.

jim56 on February 14, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Be more specific please.

dentarthurdent on February 14, 2014 at 4:53 PM

http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/11/medical_procedures_in_texas_th.php.

jim56 on February 14, 2014 at 4:47 PM

I saw nothing in that article – by the “Vagina Demagogues Chronicling Texas’ War on Women” no less (no bias there…) that are ACTUALLY more invasive than an abortion.
Just because a clearly biased group says it is, doesn’t make it so.

dentarthurdent on February 14, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Botox, colonoscopies, vascetomies, miscarriages, LASIX, Biopsies, Cystoscopies, Toenail removal, Skin cancer lesion removal, Hernia repair, Thyroid biopsy, Tonsillectomy, Bronchoscopy, Appendectomy
Tubal ligation, Esophageal-reflux surgery, Lumpectomy, Mastectomy, Benign cyst removal, Rotator Cuff repair, Shoulder Arthroscopies, among others.

jim56 on February 14, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Jim56,

What outpatient medical center standards do they not have to meet in doing these procedures? Plus, I have observed that those medical facilities are typically adjacent to or very near a hospital.

Techster64 on February 14, 2014 at 5:27 PM

May DINO davis destroy the d-cRAT party as much as RINOs have the Repub Party.

TeaPartyNation on February 14, 2014 at 5:41 PM

I’m starting to believe that the public Davis campaign circus is actually a distraction – look here, not here. None of her contortions are leading the evening news in the Texas media beyond a one off here or there. The Tribune (backed by Soros) has set up contracts for their pro-Wendy articles to appear in the local papers around the State.

The real game is what’s going on with OfA’s Battleground Texas.

http://www.texastribune.org/2014/02/14/case-missing-democratic-voters/

“Battleground Texas, started by former Obama operatives who want to turn the state away from its Republican devotions, is trying to register new voters, identify Democrats and turn them out for this year’s elections.
…………………
So they are looking for first-timers, people who haven’t voted before because they just moved here or just recently came of age or haven’t been involved in elections before and are just waiting for someone to ask them.

And there is the other group, the 2.2 million Texans who turned out in March 2008 and haven’t been seen in a primary location since then. The Democrats already have their names, if not their votes.”

Shelia Jackson has already tipped us off that OfA has a databasing capability to reach potential voters using highly personalized direct phone calls. Since this kind of campaigning is so individualized and outside the view of the public, there isn’t much accountability or rebuttal tactics available. Toss in the Obamaphone factor and you’ve got a set population that is pre-disposed entitlement voters for Dem and straight ticket Dem races.

2nd Ammendment Mother on February 14, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Doctor offices apparently have to meet different standards. I can’t find those and I can’t find any rules requiring that certain procedures (other than abortions) have to be performed in ambulatory surgery centers or abortion facilities meeting the ambulatory surgical center requirements.

This is from the Texas ambulatory surgical center regulations:

“(a) The following facilities are not required to be licensed under the Act: (1) an office or clinic of a licensed physician, dentist, or podiatrist; (2) a licensed nursing home; or
(3) a licensed hospital.”

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/hfp/rules.shtm#asc.

If you can find the regulations, let me know.

jim56 on February 14, 2014 at 5:50 PM

My point is that even a major pro-life group thought the existing regulations took care of all the sanitary issues or else they wouldn’t have written what they did in 2011.

jim56 on February 14, 2014 at 3:06 PM

I did click on the link and there was no citation.

I get your point, but your link is to a pro-life organization pointing to what progress has been made thus far in TX. It is progress along a spectrum. “Safer than before” doesn’t necessarily mean “safe enough.”

Missy on February 14, 2014 at 6:03 PM

jim56,

Your links to lefty sites aren’t convincing.

I await proof that appendectomies (for example, according to your list upthread) can be legally performed in facilities that do not meet either the same or higher standards as those that apply to ambulatory surgical centers.

Doctor offices apparently have to meet different standards. I can’t find those and I can’t find any rules requiring that certain procedures (other than abortions) have to be performed in ambulatory surgery centers or abortion facilities meeting the ambulatory surgical center requirements.

You can’t find something, therefore that something doesn’t exist? Try again. And don’t put the burden of proof on other readers. You’re the one making this argument.

Missy on February 14, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Democrats on a state and national level cannot be trusted.

There were seven conservative red states that elected democrat Senators who pretended to reflect their values, and then backstabbed them by voting for Obamacare. (AL, LA, NE, MT, SD, MO, NC) as well as dozens from the House of Representatives.

Perspicacity on February 14, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Next thing you know, Wendy’s going to backtrack about being female.

What else is remaining?

avagreen on February 14, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Shut the hell up Davis. Baby killing whore.

TX-96 on February 14, 2014 at 8:07 PM

So it looks like the purpose of those so-called “protective sanitary regulations” was to shut down clinics rather than to actually make things more sanitary.

jim56 on February 14, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Right, Jim. Killing is okay as long as it is…you know…sanitary. Barbarism is still barbarism, even in sterile surroundings.

zoyclem on February 15, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Come on Folks! The onliest reason that Wind Up Wendy is running for Gob’nor of Texas is because she was reliably informed by her own staff that she wasn’t going to be able to hold her own seat in the Texas Senate this fall..

Soooo, after all the attention she got with her ‘trickle down the leg’ filibuster on killing babies (which she knew was meaningless to all but the nations deep pocket pro-abortionist) , she decided that she could be richer and more famous by losing a gob’nor’s race instead of her lil’ ole state senate seat…

Gutter Ball Opportunist – your name is Wendy Davis!!!!

Pecozbill on February 15, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Wendy Davis would make a great Paris Mime.

pc on February 17, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Perspicacity on February 14, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Alabama should not be on that list, though I’m sure you meant Alaska (Ak, not Al). Just sayin.

runawayyyy on February 17, 2014 at 12:24 PM

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