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Wendy Davis Clarifies Stance On 20-Week Abortion Ban In Texas

By Bianca Facchinei b.facchinei@hngn.com | Feb 12, 2014 02:50 PM EST

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Wendy Davis told The Dallas Morning News that she would have supported the 20-week ban on abortions in Texas had they provided more exemptions. (Photo : Twitter)

In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Wendy Davis said she would have supported the 20-week abortion ban that she fought against last summer had it included more exemptions, CBS News reported.

"My concern, even in the way the 20-week ban was written in this particular bill, was that it didn't give enough deference between a woman and her doctor making this difficult decision, and instead tried to legislatively define what it was," Davis said. 

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Davis, current state senator and the likely Democratic gubernational candidate for the state, added that abortions after 20 weeks are rare and usually only affect women facing serious health risks or fetal abnormalities.

"I would line up with most people in Texas who would prefer that that's not something that happens outside of those two arenas," she said. 

Davis also referred to the ban, which ended up passing, as "least objectionable" of all abortion-related rules passed in Texas last year.

"I would have and could have voted to allow that to go through, if I felt like we had tightly defined the ability for a woman and a doctor to be making this decision together and not have the legislature get too deep in the weeds of how we would describe when that was appropriate," she said. 

In a statement, Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, commended Davis on behalf of her abortion advocacy.

"Her historic filibuster put anti-choice politicians in Texas, and across the country, on notice that we're not going to let decision about our health care be a political football," Hogue said. "We believe that decisions around abortion care should be made between a woman and her doctor, and not by politicians. Electing Wendy Davis as the next governor of Texas will help advance this cause."

In addition to her stance on a 20-week ban that aligns with a more conservative view point, Davis made headlines for her support of open-carry gun laws -- contrasting with her Democratic supporters -- and supporting Gov. Rick Perry's suggestion to decriminalize marijuana.  

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