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A left-wing Todd Akin

by Ray Carter Published: August 7, 2013

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has become a liberal icon for championing abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Critics call Davis a left-wing Todd Akin, referencing the former Missouri congressman whose “legitimate rape” comments were rightly derided. She’s living up to that billing.

When a Weekly Standard reporter asked how late-term abortions differed from the actions of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, convicted of murdering born-alive babies, Davis claimed she was unfamiliar with the case. But she argued Gosnell’s clinic was an “ambulatory surgical center;” therefore, abortion clinic regulations were pointless. Actually, the clinic was effectively unregulated.

Asked about polls showing majority female support for late-term abortion bans, Davis said respondents “don’t really understand” the issue. So Davis argues women’s views can’t be trusted and touts inaccurate information while decrying an imaginary “war on women.”

As with Akin’s bizarre musings on rape, this makes her both wildly uninformed — and politically extreme.

by Ray Carter
Editorial Writer
Ray Carter joined The Oklahoman in May 2012 after serving as Media Director for the Oklahoma House of Representatives for over seven years. A native of Oklahoma, Carter has worked in the newspaper and public relations businesses since 1998.
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