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Texas Abortion-Rights Leader Wendy Davis Reveals Ending Pregnancies

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Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who rose to prominence after her filibuster of Texas' anti-abortion legislation, reveals in a new campaign memoir that she terminated two pregnancies for medical reasons in the 1990s, including one in which the fetus had developed a severe brain abnormality.

In the book, "Forgetting to Be Afraid," Davis writes that she had an abortion in 1996 after an exam revealed that the brain of the fetus had developed in complete separation on the right and left sides. She also describes ending an earlier ectopic pregnancy, in which an embryo implants outside the uterus. It is the first time Davis has disclosed the terminated pregnancies since her nearly 13-hour Senate filibuster last year over a tough new Texas abortion law, which set off a chaotic scene in the Texas Capitol that extended past midnight.

David writes that an "indescribable blackness followed" the 1996 pregnancy and that the loss left her forever changed.

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