Wendy Davis Slams Pro-Life Legislators: “These Bastards That are in Office Need to be Voted Out”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jul 12, 2016   |   4:40PM   |   Washington, DC

Former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis used some strong language in a new interview to condemn pro-life legislators who are working to protect unborn babies and their moms from abortion.

Davis rose to the national spotlight in 2013 when she filibustered a Texas pro-life law that banned late-term abortions and required abortion facilities to meet basic health and safety standards; the law passed and saved thousands of lives. Later, it became clear that abortion activists had hyped up Davis’s popularity when she failed miserably in her attempt to run for Texas governor.

Today, Davis works as an abortion activist. Pro-abortion media outlets have been highlighting Davis again recently after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Texas law in June that she filibustered in 2013.

“These bastards that are in office who are passing these [pro-life] laws deserve to be voted out,” Davis told Broadly in a new interview.

She told the news outlet that the upcoming election is extremely important because the next president likely will have a huge influence on the make-up of the U.S. Supreme Court. Davis said a lot is at stake, and Roe v. Wade could be overturned if the next president appoints pro-life judges.

“This choice [abortion] should be up to each and every one of us,” Davis said. “We ought not to be judged no matter the reason.”

Broadly editor Callie Beusman, who conducted the interview, told Davis that she watched her 2013 filibuster on live stream.

“What was so compelling … was when all the women and men who were watching who were supporting reproductive rights, just started screaming and did what was called the people’s filibuster,” Beusman said.

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What Beusman did not say or show in a video clip of the filibuster was that the pro-abortion crowds at the Texas Capitol were yelling “hail Satan” at one point, others threatened and heckled pro-lifers who were peacefully demonstrating, and some abortion activists even sent rape and death threats to pro-life Texas lawmakers.

In recalling her filibuster and the protests, Davis glossed over the violence and described abortion activists’ actions that day as an accomplishment. She said she had women all over the country telling her that they became feminists after watching her filibuster of the pro-life law.

“That day was such a symbolic representation of what can happen when we get pissed off that we start screaming about it,” Davis said.

The now-overturned Texas law that Davis and abortion activists protested so violently protected women’s health, saved the lives of thousands of unborn children and closed abortion clinics that could not ensure adequate health and safety protections for women.

However, the Supreme Court ruled that two of the Texas law’s provisions were an “undue burden” on women’s access to abortion. The provisions required that abortion clinics meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers and that abortionists have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital for situations of medical emergencies.