Abortion a Moneymaker for Wendy Davis: Raises $10 Million for Texas Governor Bid

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 13, 2014   |   11:45AM   |   Washington, DC

Abortion is apparently a moneymaker for Wendy Davis, the pro-abortion activist who filibustered a bill to stop late-term abortions in Texas and is now embarking on a campaign to become the next governor of Texas.

As the Washington Examiner reports, Davis has raised $10 million for her campaign against pro-life advocate Greg Abbott.

This is a bit surprising if you think of her as a state senator, but it’s not surprising when you consider that her candidacy started with a furious defense of late-term abortion and special regulatory laxness for abortionists.

The abortion lobby lies at the heart of the Democratic fundraising machine. President Obama’s biggest fundraisers in Texas include Cecile Richards and Naomi Aberly, both of whom are at the upper echelons of Planned Parenthood, which leads the nation in abortions.

When we get Davis’s numbers this week, expect to see some journalists surprised at Davis’s haul. They shouldn’t be. Championing legal abortion is generally profitable for candidates.

As Davis campaigns to become governor of Texas, she is undertaking a campaign to play down her fierce support of abortion on demand and her infamous filibuster of a bill to stop abortions up to the day of birth in Texas.

Davis’ attempt to jump from abortion activist to Texas governor is failing so far, as a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll has the pro-life state Attorney General leading her so far.The poll finds Greg Abbott leading Davis in the race for governor, 40% to 34%. In a three-way race against Davis and Libertarian Kathie Glass, Abbott’s lead remains at 5 percent, 40-35 percent.

As a result, Davis is continuing her campaign to reform her image as an abortion activist as she attempts to moderate her extreme views enough to placate a Texas electorate that is solidly pro-life. Davis has already downplayed her pro-abortion views and is attempting to focus on other political issues, and attempted to pull a fast one in her campaign for governor by declaring herself “pro-life.”

Yet, 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.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is seeking 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.