Statement by Sen. Wendy Davis in Opposition to Senate Bill 5
Partisanship and ambition are not unusual in a state capitol, but here, in Texas, right now, it has risen to a level of profound irresponsibility and the raw abuse of power.
The actions intended by our state's leaders hurt Texas; they hurt Texas women and their families. Their actions undermine the hard work and commitment of fair-minded, mainstream Texas families who want nothing more than to work hard, raise their children, stay healthy and be a productive part of the greatest state in our country. These mainstream families embrace the challenge to create the greatest possible Texas, yet are pushed back and held down by the narrow and divisive interests driving our state's leaders.
Today I am going to talk about the path these leaders have chosen and about the dark place it will take us. I will try to explain the history of the failed legislation before us, the impact of that legislation and, most importantly, what history tells us about these policies and the motivations behind them. They do real damage to our state and to the families whose rights are violated and whose personal relationship with their doctor and their creator are being violated.
Most importantly I will share with you what 1000s of families have to say about this legislation and those bringing this legislation to the floor when the majority of Texans want us working on the pressing, genuine business, of the people of Texas.