Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis’ filibuster at the Texas State House got a lot of attention. She was on the Sunday morning shows. Her unflattering high school yearbook photo surfaced. And she’s been mentioned as a potential candidate for the Texas governor’s race.
But Kathleen Parker writes in The Washington Post that the media is forgetting what the filibuster was really about: abortion:
No adult needs a primer on the politics of abortion. Part of what makes this issue so difficult is that both sides are, in principle, correct. Anti-abortion folks see it as a human rights issue. Given that human life is a continuum that begins at conception, there can be no compromise.
Pro-abortion rights folks see any limitation on abortion as an infringement on a woman’s right to control her own body. In their view, the baby isn’t a baby with human rights until it leaves the mother’s body, thereby becoming autonomous if lacking in self-sufficiency.