Former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis rose into the national spotlight in 2013 when she stood on the Texas Senate floor in pink tennis shoes and filibustered a bill to protect women and later term babies from abortion.
Since then, Davis has become a national spokeswoman for legalized abortion, joining Planned Parenthood and other groups to oppose life-saving efforts. Davis also is part of a group of pro-abortion women who are openly sharing their abortion stories in an attempt to “normalize” the killing of unborn babies.
Davis previously revealed that she had two abortions. The first, she said, was an ectopic pregnancy that was medically necessary. Davis said the second occurred during the second trimester after doctors discovered that her unborn daughter had a brain abnormality. Though Davis aborted her daughter, she claimed that she was a “much-wanted pregnancy.”
Writing for CNN this week, Davis revealed more details about her second abortion. She wrote that her decision to abort was “guided by faith and prayers”:
Distraught, we turned to four different doctors seeking some sliver of hope that she could live a sustainable life. Instead, each confirmed what we had already been told: She would likely not survive delivery. Even if she did, the life she lived would be one of suffering.
Guided by our doctors and held together by our faith and prayers, we made a decision to spare her the suffering we knew was inevitable. The grief that followed was indescribable, but never did we regret our decision. I cannot fathom a politician substituting his or her judgment for ours and making that decision for us.
My story is why I stood for almost 13 hours on the floor of the Texas Senate in June of 2013 in an effort to block passage of the deceptive clinic shutdown law that is currently under review by the Supreme Court.
I stood for all the women who’ve walked in my shoes before; I stood in solidarity with the vast array of medical professionals who insisted that the law’s restrictions would harm rather than benefit women’s health, as its supporters falsely claimed; I stood because I trust women to make these constitutionally protected decisions for themselves.
Davis’s motives for telling her heartbreaking story are political. She uses her aborted babies’ stories to call on the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Texas law that she fought so hard to oppose.
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“This deceptive clinic shutdown law needs to be stopped, and it is up to the Supreme Court to do so,” Davis wrote at the end of her column.
The Supreme Court announced in November that it will hear a lawsuit brought by abortion businesses against a pro-life Texas law responsible for closing abortion clinics that could not guarantee they could protect the health of Texas women. The law has been credited with saving the lives of more than 10,000 unborn children.
The legislation, House Bill 2 (HB2), requires abortion facilities to meet the same safety standards of other Ambulatory Surgical Centers in the state, ensures that abortionists have admitting privileges at a local hospital, and bans painful late abortions on fully formed babies. The admitting privileges portion of the law was the portion responsible for closing abortion clinics and, because so many shut down or stopped doing abortions, abortion advocates claimed that constituted an undue burden on women.
The new appeal will be heard by the nine justices on March 2, and a ruling in the case is expected by the end of June.