Wendy Davis’ revelation in her upcoming memoir that she had two abortions in the 1990s for medical reasons shouldn’t surprise people.
Many women support the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision. Over the years, I have talked with women like Davis, who is running for governor on the Texas Democratic ticket, who have privately explained that they have had abortions for a number of reasons and don’t want the restrictions that would negatively affect women’s health care options.
Davis in her upcoming memoir, “Forgetting to be Afraid,” writes of ending an earlier ectopic pregnancy in 1994, in which an embryo implants outside the uterus, The Associated Press reports. She had considered revealing the terminated pregnancy during her nearly 13-hour speech on the floor of the Texas Senate last summer but pulled back, saying “such an unexpected and dramatically personal confession would overshadow the events of the day.”
The second pregnancy occurred in 1996. An exam during the pregnancy showed the brain of the fetus had developed in separation on the right and left sides. Doctors said the baby would be deaf, blind and in a vegetative state if she survived delivery, Davis wrote.
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The 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision made abortions legal in the United States. Ever since then, conservative efforts have chiseled away at women’s right to decide with her doctor whether to have an abortion. Fortunately the courts have maintained Roe vs. Wade. Davis gained national attention in her near 13-hour filibuster in the Texas Senate last summer, which temporarily blocked the passage of tough new abortion limitations.
I hope that more women step forward and explain that a woman’s right to chose matters and that they will give personal stories to underscore their stance.