Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), who catapulted to national notoriety when she led an 11-hour filibuster of new restrictive abortion legislation, said Saturday that she’ll “fight with every fiber” to defeat the bill when it returns to the legislature.
“I just refuse to say I believe it will happen. I’m an eternal optimist,” Davis said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week” airing Sunday. “I believe in the power of democracy and I’m going to fight with every fiber I have to keep it from passing.”
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) called the Senate back for a special 30-day session beginning Monday to try once again to pass the bill. Davis shot back at the governor, who brought up her personal experience as a teenage mother in a speech he gave at the National Right to Life Convention this week, for trying to advance legislation she sees as hypocritical.
“He’s awfully fond of talking the talk of small government,” Davis told ABC. “But this [anti-abortion legislation] is big government intrusion, there is no question about it.”
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.