Davis: Gov. Perry using Texas abortion bill to climb up the ‘political ladder’

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), who gained national attention after a 13-hour filibuster against an anti-abortion rights law, accused the state’s GOP leaders of using the bill for political gain and vowed to fight to prevent its passage.

“Politicians are using this issue to boost their own political aspirations, their own political ambitions, and they are bullying women and their liberties, their personal, constitutionally guaranteed liberties in the process,” said Davis on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

The state bill would have banned abortions in Texas after 20 weeks. Davis’s filibuster prevented the bill from passing during the last session of the legislature, but Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), a supporter of the measure decided to reconvene lawmakers to try again at passage.

Davis said that if the bill passed in the special session, thousands of women in remote areas of Texas would no longer have access to reproductive care.

“We all know what happens in the context of the lack of that access, we have seen it before in our country’s history, and I fear that for their political ambitions, Gov. Perry and [state] Lt. Gov. [David] Dewhurst [R] are willing to cast that aside, put women in harm’s way, in order for them to step up on the political ladder,” she said.

Davis said she was ready for another fight after her filibuster earned support from national Democrats. But she acknowledged that it would be an uphill fight to block the bill.

"They will probably be a little bit smarter about how they try and move this bill,” said Davis.

“But what they now have to confront are that the eyes of Texas, the eyes of the country are watching and they are going to be held accountable for the decisions that they make in this process,” she added. “If people continue to see that their voices are being ignored, I think you are going to see a long-term, sustained response to that in the state of Texas.”

In an interview on ABC’s “This Week” Davis added that she would “fight with every fiber I have” to keep the bill from passing.

Asked if she would try another filibuster, Davis responded “I don't know that we'll have that opportunity again.  But I can tell you this: We are up for the fight.”

She also hit back at comments Perry made earlier this week when he said it was “unfortunate” that Davis, a single mother, had not learned from her own background that “every life must be given a chance.”

“You know, what's offensive to me is that he's made this very personal to Texans overall,” said Davis on ABC. “He's awfully fond of talking the talk of small government, but this is big government intrusion, and it's very unfortunate and sad that people's personal health and safety are at risk for his political purposes.”