Don’t take the bait!

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ABC News:

Wendy Davis, Who Fought Texas Abortion Law, Had 2 Abortions

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis reveals in a new campaign memoir that she terminated two pregnancies for medical reasons in the 1990s, including one where the fetus had developed a severe brain abnormality.

Davis writes in “Forgetting to be Afraid” that she had an abortion after an exam revealed that the brain of the fetus had developed in complete separation on the right and left sides. The Associated Press purchased an early copy of the book, which hits stores Tuesday.

The memoir also describes ending an earlier ectopic pregnancy, in which an embryo implants outside the uterus. Davis disclosed the terminated pregnancies for the first time since her nearly 13-hour filibuster last year over a tough new Texas abortion law.

Both pregnancies happened before Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, began her political career and after she was already a mother to two young girls.

She writes that the ectopic pregnancy happened in 1994. Terminating the pregnancy was considered medically necessary. Such pregnancies generally aren’t considered viable, meaning the fetus can’t survive, and the mother’s life could be in danger. But Davis wrote that in Texas, it’s “technically considered an abortion, and doctors have to report it as such.”

Davis said she and her former husband, Jeff, wound up expecting another child in 1996 after they decided to stop taking birth-control measures. During her second trimester, Davis said she took a blood test that could determine chromosomal or neural defects, which doctors first told her didn’t warrant concern. After a later exam revealed the brain defect, Davis said she sought opinions from multiple doctors, who told her the baby would be deaf, blind and in a permanent vegetative state if she survived delivery.

“I could feel her little body tremble violently, as if someone were applying an electric shock to her, and I knew then what I needed to do,” Davis writes. “She was suffering.”

She goes on to write that an “indescribable blackness followed” the pregnancy and that the loss left her forever changed.

Davis catapulted to national Democratic stardom after her filibuster temporarily delayed passed of sweeping new abortion restrictions. She’s now running for governor against Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is heavily favored to replace Republican Gov. Rick Perry next year.

Abbott spokesman Matt Hirsch did not return messages seeking comment.

Anti-abortion groups, including those that have attacked her candidacy, expressed sympathy for the tough choice Davis confronted with the second terminated pregnancy but said they hoped all decisions end in choosing to continue a pregnancy.

“That’s an incredibly difficult position for anyone to find themselves in. While our heart goes out for the decision she had to make, again, still the value of life is precious,” said Melissa Conway, spokeswoman for Texans Right to Life.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, daughter of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, said in a statement that she was grateful for Davis sharing her story, though “no woman should have to justify her decision.”

Davis’ filibuster in June 2013 set off a chaotic scene in the Texas Capitol that extended past midnight. Thousands of people watched it live online, with President Barack Obama at one point tweeting, “Something special is happening in Austin tonight.”

In the book, Davis recalls reading testimony during the filibuster about a woman who had had an abortion after learning her daughter would be born with a terminal illness. She says the story could have been hers and writes about her hands shaking and wiping tears from her eyes.

At one point during the filibuster, Davis said she almost felt compelled to talk about her failed pregnancies but said she knew it would overshadow her effort to block the bill.


Last year during the debate on an abortion bill was the wrong time. Now, just two months out from an election, is the right time? Who the hell publishes a memoir at this point in a campaign?

It’s a trap, and I really hope no Republicans are stupid enough to fall for it. Wendy Davis and the Democrats are looking for a “Todd Akin Moment” that they can use nationally to motivate their base to get out and vote so they can minimize losses.

Wendy Davis doesn’t have a snowflake’s chance in hell of beating Greg Abbott. Not in Texas. But there are still some Senate races that are up for grabs, and the Democrats don’t want to let the GOP control both houses of Congress for Obama’s final two years.

So Wendy Davis makes a claim that is both heart-wrenching (if true) and likely to trigger a comment that can be spun into a gaffe by the Democrat-friendly media. Of course her claim conveniently can’t be verified.

The smart move for the GOP is to simply ignore the story, but you can bet the media will be asking for comments from every Republican they can find. You can also bet that someone will oblige them.

The “GOP war on women” narrative is already set for this election and the one in 2016. Don’t be surprised if after Wendy Davis loses in November she takes a high-profile position with NARAL or Hillary’s campaign. She might even land a gig at MSNBC!

BTW – The abortion bill that Wendy Davis opposed would not have affected her if it had been in effect at the time she says she had the abortions.


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35 Responses to Don’t take the bait!

  1. elliesmom says:

    The woman running for state treasurer on the Dem ticket in MA has ads saying she won’t invest public money in any company that refuses to pay for all birth control methods. I thought only “closely held” corporations were excused. What “closely held” corporations sell stock to a state government? It’s a “call-to-arms” for women. The Republican running against her hasn’t taken the bait, but he’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. He could stand up and say he won’t either because there are no stocks or bonds for the state to buy that meet that criteria. But then he opens himself up to the “Hobby Lobby questions”. I already know how stupid some women can be about this issue. While I agree the best response is no response, that doesn’t make it a good response. It’s just the best of the bad options.

  2. swanspirit says:

    OH Dear Goddess ! An ectopic pregnancy MUST be terminated , as it is a life threatening situation ; neither mother nor fetus would survive , It is usually never considered a viable pregnancy . Since when is that ever listed as an “abortion “?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ectopic_pregnancy

    An ectopic pregnancy, or eccysis, is a complication of pregnancy in which the embryo implants outside the uterine cavity.[1] With rare exceptions, ectopic pregnancies are not viable. Furthermore, they are dangerous for the mother, since internal haemorrhage is a life-threatening complication. Most ectopic pregnancies occur in the Fallopian tube (so-called tubal pregnancies), but implantation can also occur in the cervix, ovaries, and abdomen. An ectopic pregnancy is a potential medical emergency, and, if not treated properly, can lead to death

    No doctor in their right mind would allow or recommend a woman to continue an ectopic pregnancy , and any one that would should not be practicing medicine .

    • Lulu says:

      Yep. Wendy the Liar is at it again. Ectopics are not abortions because they aren’t even a pregnancy. The only person who needs to make a statement is her ex-husband that she screwed over. And he has already branded her as a foul, selfish, money grubbing, user by being the nice guy that he really is. Abbott will ignore her as he already has been doing and all she deserves.

    • The Klown says:

      What are the odds that she would have two medically necessary abortions for two different reasons that are both statistically rare?

    • Jadzia says:

      Seriously, is anybody out there advocating that women be forced to keep ectopic pregnancies? I have never heard anybody espouse that position.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    I’m not a medical expert, but neither is Ms.Wendy. She obviously tried and wanted those children, so I wouldn’t put that in the “I had two abortions hear me roar” category, I don’t care what the doctor wrote down.

    • swanspirit says:

      Thank you yes , those were two medical interventions, one of which is emergent ; for failed pregnancies , not “elective, I chose not to have a child at this time ” abortions .

  4. The Klown says:
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      • Lulu says:

        There are more than 70,000 in a couple of neighborhoods in Houston. What about this is so hard for these people to understand? Are the numbers too big? Have they never been outside of their elite county? Do they think they are all just like the nice folks at their favorite hip tacoria? They aren’t. And most of them are preyed upon by criminals. It is terrible because there are far too many to be absorbed by society.

  5. The Klown says:

    Don’t hold your breath waiting for Eric Holder to open an investigation.

  6. 1539days says:

    Who the hell publishes a memoir at this point in a campaign?

    Barack Obama

    I was amused that the AP had to BUY a copy of the book. The Davis campaign must be in real financial trouble. Greg Abbot needs to keep calm and carry Texas.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Ooops, he did it again. Can’t believe this photo was used in a somewhat “official” looking tweet.

  8. WMCB says:

    Someone over at The Federalist took on the stupid Marcotte article that myiq blogged on earlier. Diagnosis: she’s a whiny ass slacker who pretty much hates everyone except her narrow little circle of elitist ideologues, including families and kids.

    • Lulu says:

      “Resentment of effort” is a great phrase to throw at the Vile Progs. If it can’t be accomplished sitting on their ass and whining they have to rationalize why they don’t do it.

      • SHV says:

        That article started me thinking about today’s “feminists” and the “oppressed” women of my grandmother’s and mother’s generation. My grandmother and her sisters who grew up and lived in rural farming country, were better educated and tougher than the whining Marcotte types. Same goes with my mother and aunts who were growing up and starting families during the depression and WWII.

        • 1539days says:

          The first thing you learn in a psychology class is that people have needs starting from basic (shelter, food) to community and family to personal fulfillment. Since these idiots think that government will supply everything you need to live, we should all be obsessed with satisfying our whims instead. In reality, the smarter people are the ones who know how to survive and live without government assistance or grocery stores.

    • Constance says:

      Yum!

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Interesting article on Joan Rivers by Peggy Noonan, a friend ….

    http://blogs.wsj.com/peggynoonan/2014/09/05/joan-rivers-the-entertainer/

  10. 1539days says:

    I’m amusing myself today by reading #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly on twitter.

  11. The Klown says:

    I get HBO free this weekend so I am currently binge-watching Season 4 of GOT

    • Jadzia says:

      JELLUS. Our cable provider has some incomprehensible deal with HBO GO and we SUPPOSEDLY had all 4 seasons available for free. Except once I watched the first episode it turned out that they all would expire within 30 days. I got 5 episodes into season 4 and I NEED more Pedro Pascal in my life, like right now.

  12. The Klown says:

    Spider-Woman’s Big Ass is a Big Deal!:

  13. DeniseVB says:

    A lot of buzzy-buzz on the show 13 Hours on Fox, but I’d feel better if they told this story under oath…….

  14. mothy67 says:

    The sound of six girls giggling is heaven
    Baby girl was eight last week. But is having Harry Potter slumber party.
    Amazes me how taken she is with the book’s.
    I met het by mistake. She was like one of those dogs they Sarah.McLaughlin. torches. Me with.

    I got stuck with her then cause nobody wanted her I was not nice. Then she broke her collar bone last summer. I had no intent it was a book and it was there . I read every paste to her.

    What an amazing gift for me. Brat is.still Harry junkie. Tonight she had sleepover and I
    I hear laugh. Nothing is more perfect than that.

  15. mothy67 says:

    ISIS is winning. They are dictating my behaviour. They occupy my thoughts. Brat is now smitten by Van Gogh. My bother got her this very cool art set from Barnes & Noble from which you recreate the works of great artist. She worked so hard on Starry Starry Night to give it to her art teacher. She is 8. I was like step back Van Gogh? I called her on it. Cretin told me sometimes things can be so dark but this man struggled . OUCH.
    Anyhow I would love to take her to MOMA and see the actual painting but I am afraid. NYC is profoundly an amazing place and I is cheap for me. I cannot do it. I resided in NYC for twenty years 40 blocks The Towers were my back yard. I was at Temple my classmates died on Lockerbie. Too many times in my life I have heard the religion of peace. I am islamaphopic. Bet your sweet cheeks I fear those tickets

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