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20 Questions for Wendy Davis

CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS toss softballs to the champion of late-term abortion.

3:09 PM, Jul 1, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Davis replied that there is a constitutional right to "these reproductive decisions up to the point of viability." But medical advancements have moved the point of "viability" up to 20 weeks after conception, the point at which the Texas bill would protect life. As Dr. Colleen Malloy of Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine testified before Congress in 2012, "I'm here because it's easy for me to imagine these babies at 20 to 24 weeks post-fertilization age because they are my patients in the NICU." 

So after all of these interviews, Davis hasn't given a clear reason why she opposes a bill protecting the lives of babies old enough to be preemies cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit.

What legal limits, if any, does Davis support? Should elective, post-viability abortions be legal? (Yes, they do happen.) Why shouldn't Texas establish regulations similar to the regulations Pennsylvania established in the wake of Kermit Gosnell in order to protect women from being killed by abortionists? Why shouldn't a billion-dollar non-profit like Planned Parenthood be able to afford improvements to safety standards?

These are all simple, obvious questions that Davis hasn't been asked during her whirlwind media tour. One pathetic softball interview might be written off as an outlier, but when CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS more or less play the same game, one can't help but notice a pattern.

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