Wendy Davis stuck her foot in her mouth today in an interview with a reporter from the Weekly Standard following her press conference today, during which she called abortion “sacred ground” and said she is contemplating running for governor.
Davis spoke with John McCormack of the Weekly Standard after the speech and press conference. During the interview she said women who support banning late-term abortions don’t understand the issue of abortion.
TWS: What do you make of polls showing that a majority of women support these late-term bans? There have been a few polls–Washington Post, Huffington Post, different polls–that show women support this. What do you think of those polls?
DAVIS: I again think that a lot of people don’t really understand the landscape of what’s happening in that arena today and what an incredibly small percentage of procedures take place there, but, ah…
McCoormack said Davis abruptly ended the interview at that point: “Here’s the full transcript of Wendy Davis’s brief exchange with THE WEEKLY STANDARD, which ended abruptly when Davis turned to talk to another reporter.”
Davis also appeared to have no idea what happened in the case of Kermit Gosnell, the late-term abortion practitioner who was recently convicted of killing babies in brutal abortion-infanticide procedures. Davis told the Weekly Standard, “I don’t know what happened in the Gosnell case.”
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THE WEEKLY STANDARD: Senator, you mentioned in there that you support whatever the federal law is on late-term abortion, but there really isn’t a set [federal] policy, it’s state-by-state. So is there any week-limit that you could support? If it were two weeks later–
SEN. WENDY DAVIS: You know, those conversations are the kind of conversations that could and should be taking place if we didn’t see such extreme positioning. But unfortunately our Republican colleagues weren’t interested in having reasonable conversations like that.
TWS: The supporters of these bans, they argue that there really isn’t much of a difference between what happened in that Philadelphia case with abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell [killing born-alive infants] 23 weeks into pregnancy and legal late-term abortions at 23 weeks. What is the difference between those two, between legal abortion at 23 weeks and what Gosnell did? Do you see a distinction between those two [acts]?
DAVIS: I don’t know what happened in the Gosnell case. But I do know that it happened in an ambulatory surgical center. And in Texas changing our clinics to that standard obviously isn’t going to make a difference. The state of the law obviously has to assure that doctors are providing safe procedures for women and that proper oversight by the health and human services department is being given. It sounds as though there was a huge gap in that oversight, and no one can defend that. But that’s not the landscape of what’s happening in Texas.