On Tuesday night, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) told his supporters in El Paso, TX he is the ideal candidate for women. He is facing state Senator Wendy Davis (D) in the race for Texas governor.
“Women are going to be a powerful voice in this election,” Abbott said. “I’m proud to say there is nobody in the state of Texas who has done more to fight to help women than I have in the past decade.”
Davis became popular with abortion activists after she filibustered for 13-hours against a proposed law to place safety standards on abortion clinics and ban abortions after 20 weeks. Abbott wants to pull taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, yet Davis wants to continue it. However, in 2012, Live Action went undercover and recorded an Austin, TX Planned Parenthood office pushing a woman to abort her female baby simply because she wanted a boy. Despite the evidence, Planned Parenthood in Texas said they would not ban sex-selection abortion.
Planned Parenthood toured the state with Davis in July.
A poll by Texas Lyceum found Abbott is favored by 25% of female respondents, while Davis received support from 23%. Fifty-one percent of women are still undecided. Texas’s last Democratic governor was Ann Richards in 1990, and the key vote in that election belonged to women. She received 61% of the female vote, including 21% of Republican women.
Abbott has been attorney general for 10 years and reminded his supporters of the many ways he fights for women, including fighting against domestic violence, human trafficking, and collecting $27 billion in child support.
When he announced his run, Abbott reaffirmed his strict stance against abortion. He explained that an oak tree fell on him when he was 26 and restricted him to a wheelchair, and the accident taught him a valuable lesson about life.
“As I laid there motionless on the ground, gripped with pain, as helpless as a child in the womb, I knew my life had changed forever,” he said at the National Right to Life convention in June. “Some people think it’s easy to write off the lives of the disabled or the different. But every day, God reminds us that all life has value, no matter the form.”