From the Huffington Post: Texas state senator Wendy Davis, who will go down in history as the abortion absolutist who filibustered a Texas bill (which passed anyway) limiting post-20-week abortions, is coming to Washington, D.C. next week for a pair of fundraising events. HuffPost lists eight U.S. senators as special guests, including New Hampshire’s Jeanne Shaheen.
Shaheen is up for re-election in 2014.
No one is forcing Shaheen to attend. She is presumably accepting the invitation because she wants to help Davis, who may or may not be running for a higher office. Davis has reportedly received over $1 million in donations already since her filibuster.
I’ve written before about the two principal provisions of the Texas bill. Shaheen is supporting a woman who opposes making sure women are as safe in an abortion facility as they would be in any other ambulatory-care center. She is also supporting a woman who has no apparent problem with induced abortion of 21-week (or 31-week, or 39-week) human fetuses.
So will this be an issue when Shaheen is challenged next year, or will it be a “distraction”? Potential GOP challengers should chew on that one for awhile.