Wendy Davis Supports 20-Week Abortion Ban That Defers to Women

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Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 02:58 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis says that she could support a 20-week abortion ban if the law allowed for a woman and her doctor to have more say in the matter.

In Texas, less than half of one percent of abortions take place after 20 weeks of pregnancy, she told The Dallas Morning News, and those are typically because of fetal abnormalities or because the mother's life is in danger.

"I would line up with most people in Texas who would prefer that that's not something that happens outside of those two arenas," Davis told the newspaper's editorial board.

While the 20-week abortion ban that she filibustered in June allowed for exceptions for both of those reasons, the Texas Democrat said that it didn't go far enough.

"My concern, even in the way the 20-week ban was written in this particular bill, was that it didn't give enough deference between a woman and her doctor making this difficult decision, and instead tried to legislatively define what it was," she said.

Davis' filibuster against the ban, which was signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry in July, made her a national figure. Davis announced in October that she is running for governor in the Lone Star State.

The law is currently facing a possible legal fight as a court reviews portions of it, but the 20-week ban has already taken effect.

Davis told the Dallas newspaper that she could support a 20-week ban that is less restrictive.

"I would have and could have voted to allow that to go through, if I felt like we had tightly defined the ability for a woman and a doctor to be making this decision together and not have the legislature get too deep in the weeds of how we would describe when that was appropriate," she said.

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