Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) continued her public sparring with Gov. Rick Perry (R) over both a state bill that would close all but five of the state’s abortion providers and Perry’s recent criticism of the filibuster she initiated that led to the bill failing to pass on June 25.
“What’s offensive to me is, he’s made this very personal to Texans overall,” Davis told ABC News interviewer Jake Zeleny in video released on Saturday. “He’s awfully fond of talking the talk of small government, but this is big government intrusion, and it’s very unfortunate and sad that people’s personal health and safety are at risk for his political purposes.”
The bill, SB5, would also mandate a ban on abortions after the 20-week mark of a pregnancy. But in the interview, which is scheduled to air on Sunday, Davis said she refused to believe that the bill, SB 5, would pass.
“I believe in the power of democracy,” Davis told Zeleny. “I’m going to fight with every fiber I have to keep it from passing.”
The day after her filibuster, Perry announced that a special legislative session would begin on July 1 to address that proposal as well as pending legislation concerning life sentences for 17-year-old offenders and transportation infrastructure for the state.
Perry has also gone on the offensive against Davis herself, saying it was unfortunate that “she hasn’t learned from her own example” as a young mother and that she “does not understand that every life is precious.”
In response, Davis fired back that Perry’s remarks lacked dignity.
“They are small words that reflect a dark and negative point of view,” Davis told WFAA-TV. “Our governor should reflect our Texas values. Sadly, Gov. Perry fails that test.”
In an indication of Davis’ increasingly public profile; the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that she will also appear on both NBC and CBS News on Sunday.
Watch this clip from Davis’ interview with ABC, posted on Saturday, below.