Wendy Davis: Abortion Is 'Sacred Ground,' Should Have No Restrictions; May Run for Governor
Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who gained national attention after filibustering a ban on abortions at 20-weeks, said that abortion is "sacred ground," and there should be no restrictions at all placed upon it. She also said she is considering running for governor of Texas.
"I'll seek common ground – we all must – but sometimes you have to take a stand on sacred ground," Davis said at a Monday press conference, according to Politico.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has similarly called the right to an abortion "sacred ground."
When asked to name which legal limits on abortion she would support, Davis would not name any.
"You know, the Supreme Court has made that decision," she answered. "And, it's one of the protected liberties under our Constitution, and I respect the constitutional protections that are in place today whether it be for this purpose or whether it be for other protected purposes in the Constitution. I don't think we can pick and choose."
LifeNews.com founder Steven Ertelt noted the irony when Davis said she was speaking out "for those who cannot speak for themselves."
Davis became a national celebrity when she filibustered a bill in the Texas legislature to ban abortions after the fetus is 20-weeks old. She was successful at killing that bill in a special session, but the bill was passed in a second special session and signed into law by Governor Rick Perry.
Though Davis claims to speak for the rights of women, polls show, The Washington Post recently pointed out, that a majority of women, even more than men, support the 20-week ban.
Davis received a flood of media attention after her filibuster. She appeared on a host of national talk shows in which she complained that Republicans pushing for the 20-week ban were only doing so to get national attention. Since that time she has traveled to Washington, D.C., to fund raise and to appear Monday at the National Press Club luncheon.
When asked if she is considering running for governor, Davis answered, "I can say with absolute certainty that I will run for one of two offices, either my state senate seat or the governor."
Video of Davis' press conference can be viewed at the C-span website.