By Dave Andrusko
I ran across the tweet so late yesterday I didn’t have time to write about it. Alas, I copied it down—I believe it came from pro-abortion Sen. Elizabeth Warren but I can’t find it today—but here’s what it said:
“Seven years ago, we watched as @WendyDavis stood for 13 hours (in those famous pink sneakers) fighting for reproductive freedoms in the Texas Senate. Thank you, Wendy, for always being a fighter. Now, let’s get her to Congress!”
To be honest, I didn’t know that Ms. Davis, a hyper-pro-abortion Democrat, is running for Congress against pro-life Republican Rep. Chip Roy. I will now keep close track.
Fame is fleeting, so how many ordinary people know the story of Davis, who in May 2013 sprang from utter obscurity as a Texas state Senator into national fame? I’m guessing not many.
We do, of course. Let me work backwards from 2018 when the Texas Tribune aired a 13-minute tribute to Davis who’d long since come to be known as “Abortion Queen Wendy Davis.”
By way of context, The Texas Tribune describes itself as follows:
The Texas Tribune is the only member-supported, digital-first, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
The assertion of non-partisanship is absurd. It is quite within the Tribune’s right to be (as they are) corporately sponsored by Planned Parenthood or anyone else. But to pretend the Tribune hasn’t a deeply engrained, obvious to the world dedication to abortion and pro-abortion Democrats and a loathing for pro-life Republicans, is an insult to everyone’s intelligence.
On June 25, 2018, the Tribune ran an online video on the fifth anniversary of Davis’s famous filibuster of a major piece of pro-life legislation. Here is the background and a few thoughts.
On June 25, 2013 Davis, launched an 11-th hour, 13-hour-long filibuster against an omnibus pro-life bill which included provisions to require minimal standards of Texas abortion clinics and a ban on abortions of pain-capable unborn children. Davis, and her pink tennis shoes, became a pro-abortion icon.
It didn’t matter that her filibuster only caused pro-life Gov. Rick Perry to call a second special session at which time SB5 passed comfortably. Davis became a “symbol.”
The Tribune’s video does not ignore that the bill became law but revels that in 2016 the Supreme Court subsequently gutted two of its provisions. The pain-capable component was never challenged and is still on the books. The point—the entire point of the tribute to Wendy Davis—is that it supposedly galvanized pro-abortion everywhere. Well, to each his or her own conclusion.
I have a different conclusion.
Number One is that there was not a word that Abortion Queen Davis ran for Texas governor the following year. As we wrote at the time, this feminist/pro-abortion “icon” was going to turn Texas politics on its head by winning every female vote in sight, carry 90% of the Hispanic vote, yada, yada, yada. Pro-life Attorney General Greg Abbott would be just an accidental bystander, run over by the Davis bus.
A funny thing happened on the way to the state capitol. Abbott won an overwhelming victory. He’d carried 59% the vote to 38.9% for Davis.
Number Two, the video tribute glories in the mini-riot in the galleries by young pro-abortionists which mean that the clock ran out on the legislative session and the bill did not pass (although, as noted above, Gov. Perry called a special session and the bill was quickly passed). This was “Democracy in action,” a forerunner of similar ugly incidents in which pro-lifers and/or conservatives have been silenced.
We had young pro-lifers at the capitol and it was a very, very scary scene.
But while Davis’ crushing defeat to Gov. Abbott rerouted her plans to win higher elective office, it did not derail them. We trust the good folks in Texas will understand who she is and what she stands for.