VIDEO: Sen. Wendy Davis Talks Abortion Bill on CBS THIS MORNING
Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, who was thrust into the political spotlight after a 13-hour filibuster on a Texas abortion bill, said that she's "disappointed" that Gov. Rick Perry has called another special session on the issue, in an interview that was broadcast live, today, June 27, 2013 on CBS THIS MORNING (7:00-9:00 AM) on the CBS Television Network. Check out the appearance in full below!
Davis told co-hosts Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell that the governor's decision "shows his continued interest in intruding in the privacy of women."
Davis also said that she's "honored" to have people speculating on whether she'll run for national office, but said "I have my hands full, honestly." Even so, Davis said the thought of running has "certainly" crossed her mind.
Excerpts of the interview are below.
NORAH O'DONNELL: So no leaning, no eating, no going to the bathroom for 11 straight hours. How did you do it physically? How tough was it?
SEN. Wendy Davis: Actually, it was 13 hours, because even when I was cut off from my filibuster, we spent the next two hours arguing the procedural move by the chair that took me out of the filibuster. So I still had to stand while we continued to argue that. It was a test of endurance, but it was well worth it. This is a very important issue and it affects women across the state of Texas.
Charlie Rose: You've met tough things in your life before though, a single mom who went from community college to TCU to Harvard Law School and back to practice law. So this seems to be another challenge for you. When you started, what did you think you would accomplish when you went on your feet that day?
SEN. Wendy Davis: Really what I hoped to do was to give voice to the women across the state of Texas and men who love them who would be affected by this law. The law essentially would mean that almost every clinic in Texas would close, we would have only five remaining open. And I wanted to give voice to the people who wanted to be heard on the issue. I spent a great deal of time reading the personal stories and testimonies from people who wanted to share why this law was going to have such a devastating impact on Texas women.