Wendy Davis Can Talk All She Wants, But 62% of Texans Still Want Abortion Ban

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | June 28, 2013 | 1:00 PM EDT

While Texas Democrat Wendy Davis’ filibuster and the disruption caused by the shouts of an angry mob thwarted the state Senate from passing a ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a new poll shows more than 60 percent of Texas voters favor the ban.

“The will of the people of Texas is not going to be thwarted by Obama-style mob tactics. We can't permit that in the state of Texas," Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst declared after the Senate failed to overcome Davis’ filibuster and shouts of the pro-abortion crowd and hold the vote before the midnight deadline.

Dewhurst cheered Republican Gov. Rick Perry’s “decision to call a second Special Session (July 1) to address the issues derailed by the actions of an angry mob.”

Indeed, the will of 62% of the people of Texas who are voters support passage of the abortion ban, a new (May 31-June 9, 2013) University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll shows. It made no difference whether or not the question was predicated on the issue of a 20 week-old fetus suffering pain from abortion. In either case, 62% favor the ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The numbers mirror the results of a national Gallup poll showing 64% believe abortion should be illegal in the second three months of pregnancy. In the final three months of pregnancy, 80% want abortion banned, according to the Gallup poll conducted Dec. 27-30, 2012.