Davis keynote speaker at N. Carolina abortion-rights events

Wendy Davis headshot

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The Texas state senator whose 2013 floor filibuster against an abortion bill vaulted her to national prominence is in North Carolina raising money for a political group affiliated with Planned Parenthood.

Former Sen. Wendy Davis is delivering the keynote address at three fundraisers this week, with two slated Wednesday in Greensboro and Charlotte. The group called “Planned Parenthood Votes! South Atlantic” said 180 people attended Tuesday evening’s event in Durham.

The abortion-rights organization says $150,000 raised so far from the events will help with things such as voter education and independent political expenditures approaching the 2016 elections. The Republican-led North Carolina legislature has passed bills since 2011 that restricts abortion or eliminated state funding for Planned Parenthood.

Davis is a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for governor last year.

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