Texas politician and abortion activist Wendy Davis claimed recently that it's "absurd" to believe that human life begins at the moment of conception.
Davis' comments came during a fundraising event in South Carolina, a state that's currently considering a bill that would legally declare that life begins at the moment of conception.
From the Post and Courier:
Davis delivered a feminist speech in support of Planned Parenthood Thursday evening to a crowd of almost 100 supporters at Cannon Green restaurant. The former senator famously filibustered an abortion bill in her home state of Texas for 11 hours in June 2013, only to lose a bid for the governor's seat the following year.
Battles over abortion and funding for the reproductive health care provider have escalated under the Donald Trump administration. Though measures seeking to remove state and federal dollars for Planned Parenthood and to make abortions illegal have failed so far, legislators in Washington D.C. and in South Carolina have shown signs of chipping away on the issue.
Most recently, an anti-abortion measure advanced in the South Carolina legislature Wednesday that defines life as beginning at the moment of conception. Davis characterized such legislation as "absurd" and attributed the bill to "politicians who believe that thumping their chest ... is something that they're rewarded for when they run for re-election."
Given that Davis is a liberal who staunchly defends abortion, her comments weren't that surprising.
After all, much of the debate surrounding the legality of abortion centers around when a human life begins. Indeed, given that a human egg and sperm cannot come together to form a turtle, dog, fish or any other animal, most anti-abortion Americans say that a human life begins at conception while pro-abortion advocates haphazardly determine that a human life begins later in a pregnancy.
Still, many slammed Davis for her comments and informed her that it's settled science that life begins at the moment of conception:
@LifeNewsHQ SCIENCE! Oh wait....forget science. Life begins when democrats say so.— NJ Astros Fan (@AstrosfanNJ) April 28, 2017
@LifeNewsHQ Except that it is literally incontrovertible scientific fact— Ben Mordecai (@benmordecai) April 28, 2017
@LifeNewsHQ It's all about $$$. From what I've read about PP founder Margaret Sanger she was fairly diabolical. Hitler liked her ideas though.— Ken Shattuck (@ShattuckKen) April 28, 2017
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, however, took a different route. He reminded Davis that the only thing "absurd" was her failed attempt to run for the Texas governorship in 2014.
No, absurd was your gubernatorial run https://t.co/ScZPCip9M5— Ben Shapiro (@Ben Shapiro)1493402140.0
Davis lost the 2014 Texas gubernatorial election to Republican Greg Abbott in amazing fashion. Abbott took more than 59 percent of the vote while Davis won under 39 percent. In fact, Davis only won Dallas County, Travis County, which includes Austin, El Paso County and a dozen or so counties on the border — all traditionally liberal areas. Abbott, a staunch conservative, was even able to win the Houston area, a very liberal part of the Lone Star State.