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Wendy Davis: Abortion is ‘sacred ground,’ gives women ‘liberty’ to choose their future

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WASHINGTON, D.C., August 5, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Abortion is “sacred ground,” and defending late-term abortion is a necessary component of “liberty,” according to Texas State Senator Wendy Davis.

The pink-sneakered Democrat, whose 11-hour filibuster delaying the passage of a 20-week abortion ban made her a heroine of the Left, said during a press conference in Washington, D.C. today that she may run for governor of Texas in 2014, or seek re-election to her own seat .

In an attempt to paint herself as a political moderate striking a conciliatory tone with the Republicans who dominate Texas politics, Davis said, “I will seek common ground, because we all must. But sometimes you have to take a stand on sacred ground.”

The phrase echoed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who told a reporter asking about late-term abortion limits, “As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this. I don’t think it should have anything to do with politics.”

"Wendy Davis is in D.C. to promote her late-term abortion agenda – past the point at which babies are developed enough to ‘suck a thumb, yawn, stretch, and make faces,’ according to WebMD,” Maureen Ferguson, senior policy adviser with The Catholic Association, told LifeSiteNews.com.

She said “Ms. Davis is out of touch with the majority of women,” as proven by a recent Washington Post-ABC poll showing that 60 percent of women support a 20-week ban on abortion – making them more likely to support the fetal pain exception than men.

Davis became the latest in a string of Democrats to speak of abortion in religious terms. During the House debate over the 20-week fetal pain abortion ban in June, Wisconsin Democrat Gwen Moore shouted, “This bill is an abomination!”

Davis closed today's event by saying her defense of late-term abortion stemmed from her love of “liberty, the freedom to choose what your future will hold.” That phrase, too, seemed to be borrowed from Judge Wickham Corwin, who stands accused of sexually harassing a court reporter. He ruled that a North Dakota law outlawing the off-use of misoprostol to induce an abortion violates the right to “liberty” and the “pursuit of happiness.”

Media adulation for Davis, who attended Texas Christian University, has known few bounds. Texas Tribune editor Evan Smith compared Wendy Davis to the 1969 B-movie hero Billy Jack on PBS NewsHour with Gwen Ifill.

Texas Democrats see Davis as their one hope in a state where Republicans hold every statewide elective office. But polls show that, while Davis performs better against the likely Republican candidate, she would still lose to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott by eight percentage points (48-40).

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The filibuster led Davis to collect nearly $1 million in campaign funds.

Money will drive her next national stop as well. Davis will host a San Francisco fundraiser for EMILY's List, a political fund that donates to pro-abortion female candidates, on August 16.

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