[Ed. – They persisted.]
Republican Sens. Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) may have drawn the ire of conservatives for their “no” vote on the effort to repeal Obamacare, but they drew admiration from some Democrats and Planned Parenthood advocates. One infamous liberal Democrat was particularly inspired by the GOP senators’ rebellion.
Remember Wendy Davis?
The Texas state senator and failed gubernatorial candidate who became notable for her 11-hour filibuster against a pro-life bill in 2013 that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, explained that Collins and Murkowski encouraged her to keep challenging her male colleagues.
“These two women are some of the most courageous politicians I have ever had the privilege to observe,” Davis wrote in an op-ed for The Hill.
LifeNews pointed out that Davis appeared to be especially inspired by Collins’s and Murkowski’s dedication to protecting Planned Parenthood funding. Murkowski had written a letter to an Alaskan constituent in June in which she said was “committed” to maintaining the funding. Following her own “no” vote, Collins explained in a letter that Planned Parenthood funding was a major factor for her decision to torpedo the Republican bill.