Late-Term-Abortion Advocate Gets Standing Ovation at National Press Club

Katie Yoder
By Katie Yoder | August 5, 2013 | 5:55 PM EDT

Wendy Davis, the Democratic state senator from Texas who attracted fawning national media attention after she filibustered a Republican-led bill banning abortion after 20 weeks, received a standing ovation after speaking at a National Press Club-sponsored luncheon today.

Davis promised to run for either her state senate seat or governor in the 2014 Texas state elections.

Continuing the media's obsession with Davis' footwear, National Press Club president Angela Greiling Keane asked, "What is going to become of the pink sneakers?" Davis wore the sneakers during her 11-hour filibuster. Davis replied she would save them as a "memory that I will treasure forever."

During her speech, Davis spoke on empowering women and emphasized "How important it is to speak up for those who can't speak for themselves," (presumably to the exclusion of unborn babies). She later expanded her focus to speak on issues such as education, veterans, as well as the economy via water infrastructure and transportation.

Past National Press Club speakers also aired on C-SPAN who did not receive standing ovations included Carly Fiorina, a business executive and former California Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate on July 1, 2013, Associated Press' Gary Pruitt on June 19, 2012, and Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on May 7, 2013.