Wendy Davis, who led an infamous 11-hour filibuster against pro-life legislation and an unsuccessful bid for Texas governor against Greg Abbott, will campaign for Virginia Democrat gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam.
Davis will campaign for Northam and four other Democrat candidates in the Prince William County for the Virginia House of Delegates.
Davis said in an interview, “The impact of the GOP’s policies on women in Texas has been dramatic. Here in Virginia, a Democratic governor has been able to stave off those same sorts of laws. But Virginians could just as easily wake up tomorrow and have things look a lot like Texas.”
Wendy Davis, who lost to Republican Greg Abbot in a bid for Texas governor by over 20 points, now hopes to carry Northam to victory in an increasingly tight race.
Davis added, “The eyes of the country are on Virginia right now.”
A new poll from Emerson College put Gillespie and Northam in a statistical tie.
Davis and Virginia Democrats worry that if Ed Gillespie wins the governorship, then Gillespie and Republicans will pursue legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Northam pegged himself as a strong pro-choice candidate, while his Republican candidate Ed Gillespie previously said that he would like to see abortion banned.
The political lobbying arm of Planned Parenthood recently announced that they will spend $3 million to back Ralph Northam.
Gillespie spokesman Dave Abrams said:
It’s no surprise that Planned Parenthood would spend millions of dollars on Ralph Northam’s behalf, given his extreme positions like supporting abortions in the eighth or ninth month or just because the unborn child is a girl. Most of Planned Parenthood’s funding comes from individual donors, and Ed does not support subsidizing their budget with taxpayer dollars.
David O’Steen, executive director of the National Right to Life Committee, endorsed Gillespie for his pro-life beliefs.
“Ed Gillespie is a strong advocate for life,” O’Steen wrote. “As governor, he would support and sign pro-life legislation, including legislation to protect an unborn child from abortion at the point he or she can feel pain, and he opposes using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion.”