Abortion Activist Wendy Davis to Announce Possible Run for Governor in October

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 18, 2013   |   10:40AM   |   Austin, TX

Wendy Davis, who rose to national infamy by leading the filibuster against a bill to ban late-term abortions in Texas, will announce early next month if she will run for governor.

“The Texas state senator who rose to national fame after her 13-hour filibuster over a controversial abortion bill will announce her next political move in just over two weeks,” CNN reports:

Supporters of Democrat Wendy Davis can sign up to get the October 3 announcement on whether she’ll run for governor, according to her campaign website.

“I want to be the first to know,” the website says, with an option to fill in an e-mail address to receive the news. The website also includes a fundraising pitch.

Davis has seen support from national groups like EMILY’S List, which helps Democratic, pro-choice women run for office, and a number of left-leaning state groups that are all providing a fundraising and organizing framework should she decide to run for governor.

Given the attention she drew over the filibuster, speculation soon followed that she may challenge Perry for the governorship in 2014, but the longtime Republican governor announced this summer he won’t be seeking re-election next year. Republican Greg Abbott, the state’s attorney general, has already started running for the office, and is considered the leading GOP candidate.

UPDATE: An AP report later in the day suggests she will run.

During a speech recently, Davis called abortion “sacred ground” and indicated she may run for governor. Later, she indicated she thinks pro-life women “don’t understand” abortion and she showed she has no understanding of the Kermit Gosnell case.

The last Democrat to be elected Texas Governor was Ann Richards in 1990. Since then, the Democratic nominee has lost every gubernatorial election.

In July, pro-life Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott made it official, saying he will run for governor and seek the GOP nomination to replace pro-life Governor Rick Perry, who is not planning to run again next year. Prior to assuming the office of attorney general, Abbott was a justice on the Texas Supreme Court and was appointed by former Texas governor and President George W. Bush.

At age 26, Abbott was struck by a falling oak tree that injured his back as he jogged by. He has used a wheelchair ever since and has become an eloquent pro-life advocate — speaking up for both the disabled and the unborn.



The accident serves as a reminder that regardless of someone’s circumstances, he or she deserves a chance at life, Abbott has said.

“As I laid there motionless on the ground, gripped with pain, as helpless as a child in the womb, I knew my life had changed forever,” he said at the National Right to Life convention in June.. “Some people think it’s easy to write off the lives of the disabled or the different. But every day, God reminds us that all life has value, no matter the form.”

Abbott, a rising Republican Party star, who is pro-life on abortion, is the leading contender with Perry not running. Abbott already has millions in the bank for a statewide bid.