Former Texas Legislator Known for Abortion Law Filibuster ‘Overjoyed’ by Court Ruling

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Former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis said Monday she was “absolutely overjoyed” by the Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down a Texas abortion access law.

Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) speaks at the podium as she announces her intentions to run for Texas Governor at the W.G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City on Oct. 3, 2013 in Haltom City, Texas. Davis entered the national spotlight after holding a filibuster on a Texas abortion bill. (Credit: Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) speaks at the podium as she announces her intentions to run for Texas Governor at the W.G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City on Oct. 3, 2013 in Haltom City, Texas. Davis entered the national spotlight after holding a filibuster on a Texas abortion bill. (Credit: Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

Davis, a Democrat who earned national attention with her 11-hour filibuster of the bill in 2013, told CNN’s Pamela Brown that the court’s ruling was “good news for women in Texas and across the country.”

“We were absolutely overjoyed because the Court recognized that this law was a sham, that the argument that this was somehow going to protect women’s health was absolutely disingenuous,” Davis said. “They saw right through it.”

Davis said the Texas law that the Court struck down did not — as its supporters suggested — protect women’s health.

“None of these provisions would actually create a climate that made women safer — and in fact just the opposite,” Davis said. “It is about, and was always about, closing abortion clinics.”

In a 5-3 ruling, the Supreme Court found that the Texas law amounted to burdening women who seek abortions, which violates “their constitutional right to do so.”

Davis, who later ran as the Democratic candidate for governor, was launched into the national spotlight after her high profile filibuster drew support from abortion rights activists nationwide to the statehouse battle.