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Wendy Davis' campaign pretends her filibuster wasn't about abortion

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Wendy Davis's governor campaign is raising money again off her 2013 filibuster of a bill to ban abortions in or after the 6th month of pregnancy and to apply the same standards to abortion businesses as to similar businesses. My colleague Ashe Schow flagged this yesterday, and noted how it seemed to clash with Davis's effort to pretend her candidacy isn't about abortion.

But here's the thing: Davis's campaign is now pretending the abortion filibuster itself wasn't about abortion.

Read the latest campaign email about the filibuster (I've pasted the entire text at the bottom of this post). The word "abortion" never appears.

The email refers to "restrictions." Restrictions on what?

Davis's campaign mentions "women's health centers." But women's health centers weren't regulated by that law unless they were also abortion centers.

Davis, you may recall, played this same game immediately after her filibuster. After all, the abortion donors know it's about abortion, so no need to play it up to most of the population, which thinks the law ought to protect babies in the 6th month of pregnancy and older.

Here's the email:

Dear Tim,

It might have been a news alert on your phone. You may have seen #StandWithWendy trending on Twitter. Maybe you were watching the news, or a live stream on the Internet, or maybe you were actually at the Texas Capitol in Austin.

All of you had a different experience of Wendy’s historic filibuster. That day, Wendy stood up for 13 hours to stop the closure of vital women’s health centers all across Texas.

For me, I was lucky to be a part of the experience at the Texas Capitol that day. My amazing boss stood for nearly 13 hours on the Senate floor to ensure that the voices of all Texans were being heard. I have seen many of Wendy's acts of courage, and it was so exciting for me personally to have the world see the same Wendy I’ve known for many years. What it meant for me that day -- what it continues to mean to me today -- is inspiration. Remembering how hard she fought keeps me going.

That was my experience of the filibuster that started it all.

What was your story -- what did the filibuster mean to you?

Fourteen women’s health centers have closed in the last year, thanks to the Greg Abbott-backed restrictions that Wendy fought against. More are expected to follow.

Wendy fought back that day. I’ve worked for Wendy for several years -- trust me, fighting like heck for the families of Texas is her specialty.

Your stories are the glue that hold this campaign together. And today, we want to know what the filibuster means to you. Let us know!

Whether you were there that day with us, glued to your TV or computer, or if you’ve joined us since -- you are a critical part of this campaign.

Thank you for your stories!

Elizabeth

Elizabeth Connor

Deputy Campaign Manager, Finance

Wendy R. Davis for Governor, Inc.

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