You’ll recall Wendy Davis. She became a pro-choice superstar in Texas when she filibustered a bill to stop abortions after 20 weeks. Twenty weeks. These are the abortions that are only done in terribly terrible difficult, extenuating circumstances, or, according to the pro-choice Guttmacher, for 70 percent of them, when you don’t realize you’re pregnant.
She painted herself as a woman who had lived a hard life, a single mom–very compelling. Really feeds into the idea that pro-choicers actually support choice. (Which is easier than publicly supporting dismemberment.)
That came back to bite her Jan. 20, when the Morning News found Davis had “blurred” key facts of her biography. Among them: She only spent a few months in a mobile home, after separating from her first husband, and she was 21, not 19, when they divorced. The report also said that her second husband, Jeff Davis, cashed in his 401(k) to help fund her education and cared for her children while she was in law school. He told the Morning News it was “ironic” that Davis left him the day after he paid off her Harvard loan in 2003. Also thrown into the mix were revelations that initial divorce filings including an allegation of infidelity (although the final decree did not) and that Davis had ceded custody of her daughter after the divorce.