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Wendy Davis: I Aborted My Daughter ‘Out of Love’

Sam Dorman
By Sam Dorman | November 12, 2015 | 9:50 AM EST

Former Texas state Senator Wendy Davis in 2013 during her filibuster of a bill banning late-term abortions. (AP photo)

In a video published on Tuesday, former Texas state senator Wendy Davis told a reporter from the online news outlet Mic that she aborted her unborn daughter after 20 weeks of pregnancy “out of love.”

“I discovered that my daughter was suffering from an irreparable and non-life sustaining brain deformation or malformation, and it was one of the most heart-wrenching decisions I’ve ever had to make, and I made my decision out of love,” Davis told reporter Elizabeth Plank.

Mic features the interview with Davis in a video of Plank exploring the question: If abortion is murder, then is a woman who has an abortion a murderer?

Plank attends a pro-life convention where she asks activists if they think that a woman who has an abortion is a murderer.

“On the surface, these people believe that life starts at conception and that abortion is murder,” Plank explains. “But when we got beyond the rhetoric, the people we spoke to were loving, kind-hearted, and sympathetic.

“And the way they view a woman who has had an abortion is very different than how they would view a woman who hires a hit on her own child.”

“I don’t necessarily think that people who have abortions are murderers,” one activist states on the video.

“I’m not going to sit here and say ‘we should throw all those people in jail’ because that’s just impractical, right?” another asks.

“No pro-life person will ever be.. say incriminate the woman,” another claims.

Planks voice-over asks, “So abortion is murder, but the women who get them aren’t murderers? Not everyone believes this is a reasonable leap in logic.”

The video then jumps to Plank’s introduction of Davis as someone who “made national news by holding an 11-hour filibuster to protect abortion rights in Texas.”

The Texas bill banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy because of scientific evidence that at 20 weeks gestation, an unborn child can feel pain.

Governor Rick Perry signed the bill into law in July 2013.

In 2014, Davis lost her bid to succeed Perry, losing by 20 percentage points to former Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who supported the late-term abortion ban.