Texas abortion activist Wendy Davis has a new target for pushing her radical abortion agenda – young people.
Davis is a former Texas state senator who rose to the national spotlight in 2013 when she wore pink tennis shoes to filibuster a Texas law that banned late-term abortions and required abortion facilities to meet basic health and safety standards. Since then, Davis has been active in the pro-abortion movement.
She suffered an embarrassingly huge loss in her run for Texas governor in 2014, and currently does not hold political office. Davis now runs “Deeds Not Works,” an organization that she founded to encourage young women to engage in abortion advocacy and other political causes.
In a new interview with the Daily Dot, Davis said the thing that encouraged her the most after she lost the 2014 election was the young women who continued to turn to her for advice.
“There is a hunger for guidance—the bit of wisdom learned along the way when you get to be my age, and you’ve been in public service as long as I have been,” Davis said. “And I felt that that was a real privilege, to be sitting at a place that young women looked to, and it really made me want to honor that.”
This past year, Davis said her group took high school and college girls to testify about 10 different bills in front of the Texas legislature. She said they worked with students in four high schools and five colleges. In the future, she said they hope to target high schools and colleges with large black populations.
Davis said she decided not to focus too heavily on “partisan-charged” issues like abortion right now. The reason probably is because Davis’s group still is very new, and she knows that her radical abortion agenda does not attract much support. Once her group is more established, it seems likely that it will dive into more pro-abortion advocacy.
It was the abortion issue that brought her into the national spotlight in the first place. Davis has worked closely with Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion business in America, and she campaigned heavily for pro-abortion Democrat Hillary Clinton during the presidential race.
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Davis’s abortion position is a radical one that is not popular with voters. The Texas bill that she filibustered prohibits abortions after 20 weeks when strong scientific evidence indicates unborn babies can feel pain. The legislation has strong public support. Polls consistently show that abortion activists like Davis are a small minority in their support of late-term abortions.
According to the Susan B. Anthony List, “Nationwide polling by the polling company, inc./WomanTrend, Quinnipiac, National Journal, Huffington Post, NBC/Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post/ABC News has found that a plurality or majority of Americans support limiting abortion after five months, women in higher numbers than men.”
Davis made it clear that she supports abortion for any reason in a 2016 interview.
“This choice [abortion] should be up to each and every one of us,” Davis told Broadly. “We ought not to be judged no matter the reason.”
She once also called pro-life legislators “bastards” because they want to protect unborn babies.
Davis had two abortions herself. In 2016, she wrote about her second abortion at CNN, saying that she was “guided by faith and prayers” to end her unborn child’s life.