A Review on Wendy Davis and Abortion Issue

AReview on Wendy Davis and Abortion Issue


AReview on Wendy Davis and Abortion Issue


Abortionis currently one of the policy issues that touch on women. Someincidences of abortion are always considered necessary by physiciansas a therapeutic means because at some point the life of theexpectant mother would at danger (Davis, 1999). Senator Wendy Davisclaimed that she was a victim of abortion and was fighting for thestoppage of unnecessary abortions in U.S. Wendy Davis was agubernatorial candidate in Texas U.S.

Reviewon Abortion Issue

Thequestion of abortion as a current policy that touch on women’shealth have been seeking to understand what effects it would have onthe society. Scholars claim that Wendy Davis did not flip flop whenshe aired her voice on the issue of abortion (Nesslar, 2015). Davisonly expressed concern that a bigger percentage of Americans werethinking of as a pressing issue in their minds. Even though, she wasunder fire from some attacks from the Conservatives as they arguedthat she committed a cardinal campaign sin on airing her views on theabortion issue. Davis opinion on abortion placed her on a politicalmap (Nesslar, 2015).

Nesslarstudied Davis abortion issue in a project to analysis media bias inregards to coverage of Wendy Davis filibuster (Nesslar, 2015). Thestudy was seeking to understand any incidence of biases in thecoverage of issues of abortion, mostly from Senator Wendy Davis.After cross-examining three newspapers in the U.S including The NewYork Times, The Austin American-Statesman and the Washington Times,the research reviewed stories relating to Wendy Davis filibuster ofthe year 2013 in Texas legislature session. Senator Davis had made anattempt to stop a bill that would allow an increase in restriction toabortion (Nesslar, 2015). After selecting three newspapers, a localpaper in Texas and other two of national impact, the two of nationalnewspapers demonstrated two separate political spectrums, theconservatives and the liberals (Nesslar, 2015).

Nesslarargued that by 1986, the AP stylebook that was the primary sourcethat used to dictate the works of print journalists changed therecommendations about abortion. At first the use of the term inrestricting the posts regarding abortion was referred to as“pro-life” which later turned to “pro-choice.” However, inthe current societies, most media houses have rejected the terms andhave been picking on some better conditions that reflect their views(Nesslar, 2015). Therefore, the objective of Nesslar’s study was toexamine the use of the chosen terms in the context of the currentabortion issue as a public policy that impacts on women’s lives.Part of the media houses was in support of Wendy Davis as theyclaimed that she was “Pretty Much Okay” with her idea of the banon abortion (Nesslar, 2015). But Fox News was reported to haverubbished the idea as they claimed that Davis only backed the ban oflimited late-term abortion despite her historic filibuster (Nesslar,2015). There is always a freedom of speech and expression. Thenewspapers that either supported or went against Wendy Davis ideashad the right to do so as people managing them had varied norms andvalues.

Onanother research to review the abortion policy and Senator WendyDavis views on the ban on abortion targeted to explore some digitaltools and practices. This study sought to check on the impacts onpolitical and social competitions in the social media age(Filibuster, 2014). In a dissertation written by a doctor in the U.S,he used an extended case study to combine geographical and feministinterpretations of the activisms, space and some relationshipsbetween technology and the society to discuss the abortion issue(Filibuster, 2014). The primary aim of this study was to assess theability of social media in advocating for change either in thesociety or the field of politics. This study was targeting toevaluate some of the digital activities that surrounded thefilibuster of the bill that restricted abortion by Senator WendyDavis (Filibuster, 2014). Digital practices were found to handlecreation and sharing of inventive means of contestations that wereproducing some counter-discourses that reframed contentious issues inthe field of politics. The resistant communities that were broughttogether raised their awareness on the abortion issue with increasedvisibility. They were in a position to hold politicians accountablefor their deeds during political campaigns. A good example ofpolitical and social contestations that came about as a result theinformed community members’ inquiry that specifically involvedgender discourses was Davis abortion issue. One would argue that thiswas the best moment for Senator Davis to advocate for her stand byattending some of the media houses and engaging the general public.

Thesocial media is something that is part of the modern life, and theimpacts it has on some traditional journalism methods is worthunderstanding (Ebbs, 2015). The project was conducted to examine therelationship between the media and the issue of abortion. Theexamination was from the lens of gender, mostly the impacts of themedia as a variable on gender framing (Ebbs, 2015). In the coverageof the two women candidates that were campaigning for thegubernatorial seat, the survey found out that there was one potentialconsequence of social media around one of the female candidates(Ebbs, 2015). However, the side effects of the online activities wereproving difficult to measure. In this study, the social events of onecandidate’s campaign were covered in a manner that resulted in ahigher rate of gender framing in the newspaper articles (Ebbs, 2015).Davis campaigns coverage was full of gender framing around the U.S.In the modern societies, it is never a surprise to witness some mediahouses side with political candidates in their campaigns. As Ebbsclaimed that Davis coverage was in a way that was full of genderframing. The owners of the media houses could either be Davissupporters or her opponent supporters. Therefore, from a generalperspective, the media houses that portrayed Davis abortion issues asa gender framing issue would be her opponent’s supporters.

Anotherstudy also claimed that on June 25th, of the year 2013, Wendy Davis,who was a Democrat Senator from Texas, came up with a 13-hourfilibuster. The filibuster was in one of the special legislaturesessions (Wade, 2014). Wendy’s filibuster was an effort to stop thepassage of the Senate Bill 5, a law that would allow a severerestriction on abortion policies within the United States (Wade,2014). During the session, Davis is reported to have taken both theliteral and the figurative stand for her fellow women’s rights. Shewas recognized by the international media as she gained theirattention in the process of her advocacy. A research was conducted toanalyze the contents of some of the American and Canadian socialmedia online coverage on the Davis 13 hours filibuster (Wade, 2014).

Whenconducting the study, each article was cross-checked on whether therewas any form of descriptive techniques on Senator Davis on the basisof a gender stereotyping (Wade, 2014). Some of the stereotypicalnotions were gendered mediation, sexualization with a legitimationor stopping the legitimization. And some of the coverage on theabortion policies of the Senate Bill 5 and any form ofpersonalization on the same issue. The examination was also checkingon any instances of supportive or unsupportive tones on the coverageof the Senator Davis abortion issue (Wade, 2014). The findings of thestudy found out that most of the Canadians newspapers coverage wasput in a way that presented a greater sense of prevalence ofattitudes on the matter of gender equality compared to the AmericanNewspapers (Wade, 2014). The American newspapers’ coverage wasconsistent with the current legal and social policies in each oftheir countries.

Theresearch revealed some ways through which gendered mediationtraditionally used in stopping the legitimization of abortion in thepolitical arena were changed. After the change, they were used insupporting most female politicians and policy issues that weretouching on their lives (Wade, 2014). In as much as some of theCanadian newspapers saw Wendy Davis to have committed some sortpolitical crime, the American media houses did not see that. TheCanadian newspapers viewed her decision as one that would guaranteeher success in her political career. The issue of abortion iscontroversial, and many people still don’t agree on issues aboutit. Therefore, the disagreements between the Canadian and Americanmedia articles were just a clear indication of what the currentsituation in our societies.


Themedia houses inform the general public of what is going on within thesocieties and therefore, it would be better for them to present anuninterrupted message to the public. The society should also beinformed to avoid judging media houses on the basis of what they airbecause some media houses would interrupt some of the informationthey air for the purposes of not losing their customers. Media mayfear that some of their clients would feel offended by their contentsand would opt to run away. I would involve the society in mobilizingthem to understand the work of the media houses. The administratorsof some of the media companies would also be part of my discussionteam to discuss with them some of the importance of airinguninterrupted news. In conducting such campaigns, my possibleopponents would be the church leaders who have openly discouraged anydiscussion on the issue of abortion as they consider it a sinful act.Besides, some of the conservatives would also not support the idea ofrestriction abortion at late periods as Senator Davis argued. Most ofthem have been for the idea of completely doing away with theabortion issue. And some of the supporters of Senator Davis opponentswould also come out strongly to oppose any plan that would appear tosupport Davis moves as they viewed the matter as a political contest.

Peoplealways have different views on abortion, but any human being is boundto change in case there is something that convinces them otherwise.The supporters of Senator Davis would accept the change. Part of thechurch believers and opponent’s political supporters that would bevictims like Senator Davis would also see some sense and accept thechange. There is also a possibility that some of the media housesthat were biased would also be convinced to avoid taking sides whenairing their contents.


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Ebbs,S. (2015). What happened after# StandwithWendy? The impact of socialmedia campaigns on gendered framing in coverage of women candidates.

Filibuster,D. (2014). The Revolution Might Be Tweeted: Digital Social Media,Contentious Politics and the Wendy (Doctoral dissertation, Universityof Washington).

Nesslar,J. (2015). Framing abortion in the media: A case study of thecoverage of the 2013 Wendy Davis Filibuster (Doctoral dissertation,University of South Florida St. Petersburg).

Wade,B. (2014). Who Was Really# StandingWithWendy? A content analysis ofCanadian and American online news coverage of Senator Wendy Davis’sfilibuster of Senate Bill 5 in the Texas Legislature. Spaces Between:An Undergraduate Feminist Journal, 2(1).