Wendy Davis Redefines What it Means to be Pro-Life

Wendy Davis
Building on the article we posted late last week, Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis spoke to an audience at the University of Texas at Brownsville yesterday and for all intents and purposes redefined what it means to be pro-life. According to Davis, she is pro-life – but not for the reasons you think.
“I am pro-life,” she said to the large crowd. “I care about the life of every child: every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed without being able to be a part of the Texas dream, every woman and man who worry about their children’s future and their ability to provide for that future. I care about life and I have a record of fighting for people above all else.”
“This isn’t about protecting abortion,” Davis continued. “It’s about protecting women. It’s about trusting women to make good decisions for themselves and empowering them with the tools to do that.”
Predictably, pseudo-pro-life (more accurately called pro-forced-birth) advocates reacted with outrage. The National Memo aggregated many of the right’s responses to Davis’ statements and had this to say:
Well, opponents of abortion rights refuse to have their brand sullied by the woman Red State‘s Erick Erickson called “Abortion Barbie.” 
“Newsflash, Sen. Davis,” wrote Townhall’s Christine Rousselle. “Being pro-life means respecting the lives of the unborn as well.”

PJ Tatler wrote, “Wendy Davis declaring ‘I am pro-life’ is simply a lie. There is no other way to describe it.”

Twitchy, the website that challenges the notion that the content of a post should make more sense than the comment section, collected several tweets that challenge the notion that anyone who believes women should be able to make their own reproductive choices could be “pro-life.”
Conservatives believe that title should be strictly given to anti-abortion rights politicians like Governor Rick Perry (R-TX), who has executed more prisoners than any modern American governor, breaking the record of another “pro-lifer” — George W. Bush.
The article went on to point out an important fact most in the pro-life community would rather ignore: “But if Davis is intent on rebranding ‘pro-life’ to actually caring for children once they are born, she could point out that abortion rates are higher in places where the procedure is illegal.”
As we’ve repeatedly discussed at length, pro-life does not mean respecting all life any more than pro-choice means pro-abortion – they’re both wholly inaccurate monikers. Until anti-abortion advocates admit they merely want to restrict a woman’s right to access safe abortions due to their religious beliefs, they can’t in good conscience claim to be the party that respects life.

Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.


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