Attorney General Greg Abbott will be the next Governor of Texas, defeating abortion champion Wendy Davis. Abbott, a longtime pro-life supporter, had the backing of pro-life groups.
In what may have been one of the most slimy campaign ads ever to air, Davis attacked Abbott by running an ad with an empty wheelchair that takes a shot at Abbott, who is confined to one.
“As Attorney General, Greg Abbott has achieved a decade of defending Pro-Life laws and provisions, and his many legal opinions from the Office of the Attorney General have resulted in increased protections on the sanctity of human life,” Texas Right to Life said in a statement LifeNews received. “As a staunch supporter of the Pro-Life cause, Greg Abbott shares all of Texas Right to Life’s goals for protecting Life. He continually demonstrates an uncompromising dedication to advancing the cause at every opportunity, and Texas Right to Life is confident in his ability to do so as Texas’ Governor.”
“Attorney General Abbott has shepherded Texas through the culture war well by protecting innocent human life at all stages. Attorney General Abbott has never backed away from a Pro-Life challenge,” she said. “In addition to defending Pro-Life laws passed by the Legislature, he has helped ensure that women have full access to health care services at agencies that are not sullied by affiliation with abortion. Not only does Attorney General Abbott’s record show his concern for pregnant women, but also his record of protecting all women from the predatory abortion industry is clear. He is the type of leader and statesman on whom we can depend.”
Davis’ campaign attempted 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 downplayed her pro-abortion views and attempted to focus on other political issues. Davis drew laughter from prolife advocates by claiming she is pro-life, though applying it only to children after birth.
During a speech, 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.
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. “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.”