|Jimmy Stewart in filibuster as "Mr. Smith"|
(public domain from trailer via Wikipedia)
Abortion is a very challenging issue of the culture wars. While MormonDems bloggers support the LDS teaching that abortion is a serious moral issue, we also support the Church’s provision for rare but sometimes necessary exceptions. These include rape, incest, “serious jeopardy” to the “life or health of the mother” and when “the fetus has serious defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth.” These exceptions should only be considered after discussions with the woman’s family, her doctor, and bishop or branch president. As this is a challenging personal and religious issue, the law should allow those consultations and decisions with the least amount of intrusion. It should be recognized that the Church takes no position with regard to any particular abortion legislation. You can find the Church’s official statement at this link.
During the filibuster, Senator Davis discussed the difficult choices many women face. She was a single teenage mom at 19, after a brief failed marriage, and understands the difficulty of young mothers. She raised concerns that the restrictive new law’s impact would make the difficult choice of abortion nearly impossible for the poor and disadvantaged in Texas.
Unlike the US Senate you can not yield the floor to another ally. For 13 hours Senator Davis displayed passion and tenacity eventually carrying the evening. like the movie “Mr. Smith”, when broken by the procedural tactics of political opponents, she received the public support from the gallery. Their cheers were so loud the vote was delayed until after midnight when the session ended successfully stopping the bill.
This was not the first time for Senator Davis. She’s stopped the Texas Senate from cutting funding for schools also using a filibuster tactic. She takes principled stands to conquer the procedural and physical challenges – a true American and Texan hero.
As expected, Governor Rick Perry will again call a special session to allow the Texas Senate to pass the same Senate bill. Yet this does not diminish the work State Senator Wendy Davis has accomplished. He story is an example to everyone across the country – pink running shoes and all. She is a representative of the people and will stand up for what she and her constituents believe.