Wendy Davis Recalls Losing Filibuster for Late-Term Abortions: “If You’re Going to Lose, Lose Big”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Aug 27, 2018   |   12:58PM   |   Washington, DC

The abortion industry tried to turn Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis into a star when she filibustered a late-term abortion ban in 2013.

Her filibuster failed and pro-life lawmakers passed a law banning abortions on pain-capable unborn babies after 20 weeks in Texas, but Davis continues to seek the spotlight.

She recently talked about her filibuster during a speech Saturday to freshmen at the Duke University chapel, according to The Chronicle, the university newspaper.

“The losses that I’ve endured have taught me that I am more powerful than the limitation of failed efforts,” she said. “So my advice to you is when you fail, fail big.”

In the minds of many Americans, Davis did “fail big” in several respects, not just the filibuster. She also aborted two unborn babies, including one late in her pregnancy; and continues to advocate for more abortions.

According to the report:

Davis shared with first-years the obstacles that she has overcome in her life. She wanted to be the first person in her family to attend and graduate college. However, at 18 years old, Davis found out that she was pregnant. Feeling obligated to do so, she married the baby’s father and had her daughter. She worked two jobs and divorced not long thereafter.

“Those years of living on my own and trying to dig out of the well of poverty were the toughest I’ve ever known,” Davis said.

She eventually was able to go to community college and gain a scholarship to a four-year university. However, the scholarship was not the only thing that helped her out of poverty, she explained.

“Yes, affordable education made my climb possible,” she said. “But I know in my heart too that access to affordable reproductive health care [abortion] was needed so that I could avoid a second unplanned pregnancy at a time when when my trajectory was very tenuous.”

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She said her “values” were what motivated her to filibuster the late-term abortion ban for 13 hours.

“I didn’t decide, ‘Hey, it’ll be a great idea to be fitted for a catheter so that I can stand for thirteen hours without food, water or a bathroom break. That sounds cool,’” Davis said. “No, instead it was my values that motivated this decision to do that.”

Few Americans share the so-called values that Davis supports. Quite the opposite, many Americans find her work morally reprehensible. Polls consistently show that Americans think abortions are morally wrong and oppose late-term abortions when babies are fully formed and viable.

Davis should get used to failing big as long as she advocates against the rights of innocent babies in the womb.