Democratic Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis landed in the national spotlight after she waged a 13-hour filibuster last Tuesday to block legislation that would have restricted late-term abortions.
The 50-year-old legislator from Ft. Worth, Texas appeared on three network Sunday public affairs programs — ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” NBC’s “Meet the Press” and CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Despite having gained national prominence thanks to the abortion debate, Davis lashed out on “Face the Nation” at politicians who use the issue to elevate their own political ambitions.
“You know, I think really what’s happening here, Bob, is politicians are using this issue to boost their own political aspirations, their own political aspirations, their own political ambitions… Thousands and thousands of women, will no longer have access to this safe reproductive health care. And we all know what happens in the context of the lack of that access. We’ve seen it before in our country’s history and I fear that for their political ambitions Gov. [Rick] Perry and Lt. Gov. [David] Dewhurst are willing to cast that aside, put women in harm’s way, in order for them to step up on the political ladder.