Wendy Davis said Tuesday that she would have supported a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, if the law adequately deferred to a woman and her doctor.
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.
“I would line up with most people in Texas who would prefer that that’s not something that happens outside of those two arenas,” Davis said.
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.
Sure, this is only a sort of “I support this.” And, in truth, her position doesn’t make much sense. But that the great hope of the abortion movement has been reduced to saying something like this at all is news in and of itself. Where has the great lion of “reproductive justice” gone?
As I noted last week, Davis has taken conservative positions on firearms, taxes, education, fracking, and a host of other issues. And now she’s giving ground on her signature song.
Paging Wendy, paging Wendy. Will the real TX state senator Wendy Davis please stand up? Rouge red tennis shoes optional …