Wendy Davis, the unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate who argued in a 12–hour filibuster for late-term abortion, hopes to run for political office again. The Washington Examiner reports that Davis, also known as “Abortion Barbie,” wants to seek public office again and launch a “women’s equality initiative.”
She said, “[W]hen I came out of the gubernatorial campaign, I reflected on, ‘What do I want to do now?’ Because this is the first time in 16 years that I haven’t been in public office.”
As LifeNews previously reported, Davis tried to defeat pro-life Greg Abbott in 2014 but didn’t even come close to winning in the gubernatorial election. She also attacked the former Attorney General of Texas by running an ad with an empty wheelchair that takes a shot at Abbott, who is confined to one.
However, Abbott wasn’t too bothered by her ad because in the past he has said his disability is a reminder that regardless of someone’s circumstances, he or she deserves a chance at life. At age 26, a falling oak tree hit Abbott while he was jogging and left him confined to a wheelchair.
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He explained, “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.”
Davis also mentioned that she has not given up hope on being elected even though she lost to Abbott by over 20-points. She explained, “Sometimes we’re going to. We’ve got to hop right back up and put ourselves out there again, and know that losing isn’t the worst thing in the world. And honestly I hope to do that at some point.”
Prior to Davis’ campaign for governor, she made abortion proponents happy when she filibustered a bill that would ban abortion after 20-weeks in Texas. The bill also required that all abortion clinics meet the same health and safety regulations as an ambulatory surgical center, required a doctor providing abortions to secure admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and required a doctor to personally administer the abortion-inducing drugs to the patient.
After Davis’ filibuster, then-Governor Rick Perry issued a call for a special session of the Texas legislature to pass the bill. He said, “I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas. Through their duly elected representatives, the citizens of our state have made crystal clear their priorities for our great state. Texans value life and want to protect women and the unborn. Texans want a transportation system that keeps them moving. Texans want a court system that is fair and just. We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do.”