Wendy Davis, the Democratic state senator from Fort Worth, Texas, is in the final hours of a 13-hour filibuster to defeat an anti-abortion bill. Wendy Davis was a single mom by the age of 19 but put herself through school and graduated from Harvard Law School with honors.
To lead their nearly 13-hour filibuster aimed at blocking a contentious abortion bill, Texas Democrats turned Tuesday to a 50-year-old lawmaker who pulled herself up from a tough background as a teenage mother to graduate from Harvard law school.
Once dismissed by Gov. Rick Perry as a "show horse," Sen. Wendy Davis has earned a reputation for being willing to spar with the state dominant political party and its leaders.
"She's a total fighter," said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund and daughter of the late former Texas governor Ann Richards. "And the thing about Senator Davis, she says he's going to do something, she gets it done."