March 14, 2016 – Wendy Davis, a former Democratic Texas senator, said voting rights and an assault on women’s reproductive rights are two of the nation’s most important issues at a discussion recently in Krost Hall at the University of Houston Law Center.
Davis is best known for an 11-hour filibuster duringthe 2013 Texas legislative session against Senate Bill 5, a law that placed tighter restrictions on abortion. She then ran for Texas governor in the 2014 election, but lost to Republican Greg Abbott. Davis served on the Fort Worth City Council from 1999 to 2008 before representing District 10 in the Texas Senate from 2009 to 2015.
Her March 7 talk focused on the significance of treating voting rights and reproductive justice issues in a similar manner.
“They tie very, very closely to each other,” Davis said. “In order to talk about where we find ourselves when it comes to women’s reproductive rights, we really have to talk about where we are with voting rights, too. They certainly are a cause and effect of each other.”
The discussion was hosted by the Law Center’s student chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and co-sponsored by Law Students for Reproductive Justice, OutLaw: Students for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns, and the Public Interest Law Organization.
“Senator Davis has been an advocate for progressive issues and a champion for reproductive justice and voting rights during her time in office,” ACS president Brian Trinidad said. “Because of her own experiences, she understands the challenges that people face and she has promoted policies to help those to overcome these challenges.
“As the struggle for women’s rights and voting access continues, particularly through the upcoming election year we must bring attention to these vital issues and come together as a community,” he said. In this we look to leaders such as Senator Davis to lead the way.”