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Wendy Davis now claims she never switched positions on 20-week abortion ban

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Wendy Davis now says that she has “100 percent been in the place I've always been,” in regards to her position on a 20-week abortion ban.

Davis spoke with the editorial board of the Austin American-Statesman newspaper on Thursday about her campaign and recent missteps. When it came to Davis' apparent flip-flop on the 20-week abortion ban she filibustered in 2013, the Texas gubernatorial candidate claimed there was no change in position.

“I have 100 percent been in the place I’ve always been on this issue,” Davis said. “That a women [sic] and her doctor are the ones who are best positioned to make a decision.”

“I believe the law as it stands today is where it should be and of course the law as it stands today allows these very difficult decisions to be made between a women and her doctor,” Davis said, adding that the number of abortions in Texas performed after 20 weeks is just one-half of 1 percent of total abortions in the state.

“What I shared with the [Dallas Morning] News yesterday was about my concern about allowing the legislature to create language to accommodate those exceptions — is that they won’t get it right,” Davis said. “We’re not doctors, we're not supposed to be, and ... this decision should remain where it is today, with a women and her doctor to make.”

That now sounds like Davis supports the bill that was passed last year.

But on Wednesday, Davis made it clear she did not support that particular provision in the bill.

“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,” Davis told the Morning News.

So, she’s now fine with the bill she filibustered even though just yesterday she said she wasn’t, and that somehow isn’t a flip-flop?

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