DALLAS (CBS Houston/AP) — Democratic candidate for Texas governor Wendy Davis admitted she could have supported the 20-week abortion ban law she filibustered last year if language in it was changed.
In an interview with The Dallas Morning News’ editorial board, the Fort Worth state senator said she would have supported the ban if it gave enough deference between a woman and her doctor.
“My concern, even in the way the 20-week ban was written in this particular bill, was that it didn’t give enough deference between a woman and her doctor making this difficult decision, and instead tried to legislatively define what it was,” Davis explained to the Morning News.
Davis added: “I would have and could have voted to allow that to go through, if I felt like we had tightly defined the ability for a woman and a doctor to be making this decision together and not have the Legislature get too deep in the weeds of how we would describe when that was appropriate.”
Davis filibustered the bill – which eventually became law – for 11 hours last June. The moment thrust her into the national spotlight and in October she announced she would be running for governor.
Davis also told the editorial board that she supports the use of medical marijuana and would consider decriminalizing possession of small amounts of the substance.
“We as a state need to think about the cost of that incarceration and, obviously, the cost to the taxpayers as a consequence of it, and whether we’re really solving any problem for the state by virtue of incarcerations for small amounts of marijuana possession,” Davis said, according to a transcript of the meeting and confirmed by the Davis campaign.
Davis told editors that Texas should learn from the experiences of other states when considering revamping drug laws. She said she’s not sure how she would vote if Texas had a referendum on legalizing marijuana like the ones held in Washington and Colorado.
“I want to wait and see what happens in Colorado,” Davis said. “Do I have any objections to the fact that citizens might want to legalize marijuana? No, I don’t. But I think watching to see how this experiment plays out in other states is probably advisable before I could tell you for sure.”
Gov. Rick Perry has said he supports decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, partially because the state is trying to keep non-violent offenders out of prisons. He opposes legalizing the drug and would continue to make selling it illegal.
Perry and other Republicans, though, oppose medical marijuana that Davis said she would legalize, if Texas voters supported it.
“I personally believe that medical marijuana should be allowed for,” she said. “Certainly as governor I think it’s important to be deferential to whether the state of Texas feels that it’s ready for that.”
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