Wendy Davis totally supports that 20-week abortion ban now. Or something.

wendydavisheaderYou know, last week, we were about 95% certain that the Wendy Davis for Governor of Texas campaign was facing spontaneous combustion. There was a moment, when she announced her support for open carry, that it became clear she was finally realizing that running a campaign directed solely at national progressive donors wasn’t going to cut it when it came to winning an election in Texas. Even if you think the atmosphere is “toxic” to progressive policies, you can’t tell that, for example, to a SoHo art gallery full of New York liberals with upper East Side “winter homes” and accounts with gourmet caterers in the Hamptons.

But, apparently, we were wrong. Wendy Davis’s support for open carry was the penultimate event in her campaign’s decline. Today, we find out that Wendy Davis, who crusaded for 13 hours in her pink tennis shoes to preserve a woman’s right to end the life of a potentially viable fetus, would totally have supported the 20-week abortion ban if the legislature had added a sentence or two about doctors. Or something.

Wendy Davis said Tuesday that she would have supported a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, if the law adequately deferred to a woman and her doctor.

Davis, a Fort Worth senator and the likely Democratic nominee for governor, told The Dallas Morning News’ editorial board that less than one-half of 1 percent of Texas abortions occur after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Most of those were in cases where fetal abnormalities were evident or there were grave risks to the health of the woman.

“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 said…

Davis said she could have supported a bill that contained only a 20-week ban, but the law’s restrictions on clinics and doctors have greatly curtailed access to the procedure in parts of Texas.

Davis went on to say that, while legislatures aren’t allowed to decide when viability is, she totally trusts the judiciary – the Supreme Court – to make an accurate scientific decision in that regard, which makes pretty much no sense, given that she claims that she supports the 20-week ban on it’s own, regardless of viability, and in sharp contrast to her rousing defense of a woman’s right to abortion during her 13 hour filibuster of this exact bill because of the 20-week abortion ban.

Saying “if the law adequately deferred to a woman and her doctor” is, of course, bullsh*t language that, theoretically, guts the force of the law. But I’d be more worried about that if Wendy Davis weren’t the f***ing face of the law’s opposition. The only reason Wendy Davis even has the platform or fundraising capability she has is because she vocally opposed the 20-week-abortion ban. And now, she’s all like, well, if only we’d legislated it just a little further, because, you know, I could totally have added this sentence and avoided this whole mess completely.

Honestly, if I were one of the women who sent a check to Wendy to congratulate her on her unwavering support for the ladies, I would be asking for my donation back right about now. Actually, now would be an excellent time to ask for  you donation back, because at this rate, as exhibited by her swift embrace of ever-more-lenient gun laws, by next week, she’s joining Operation Rescue.

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