Texas state senator and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is back in the headlines after revealing that she had two abortions in the ’90s, both for medical reasons.
“Our baby had a severe brain abnormality. If she did survive to term, she likely would not survive delivery. And if she did survive delivery, she likely would be in a vegetative state,” Davis told “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts.”We knew that the most loving thing that we could do for our daughter was to say goodbye.”
Davis’ opponent and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott responded to Davis’ disclosure in a statement that said, “The unspeakable pain of losing a child is beyond tragic for any parent. As a father, I grieve for the Davis family and for the loss of life.”
Wendy Davis includes the stories about her abortions in a newly released memoir. She insisted at a recent campaign event that her decision to disclose such personal, detailed information was not a political one. “It is a personal story,” she said, “not a political one.”
Nevertheless, the story is coming out less than two months away from the November election. And Davis is down in the polls. At best Davis is losing to Abbot by an average of 12 points. A July CBS/NYT poll had her down by 17 points.
Wendy Davis first made national notoriety a year ago after a video of her 13-hour filibuster of an abortion bill that would’ve banned the procedure after 20 weeks, went viral.
Again, Davis says coming out with her abortion story now is not politically motivated. But political analysts are already declaring this a win for Wendy. MSNBC contributor Finney says Wendy Davis’ abortion story will “resonate with moderate women” in November.
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