WATCH: Sen. Wendy Davis talks fire-bombing, Planned Parenthood with Rachel Maddow

Posted on 22 Mar 2012 at 4:26pm

Wendy Davis

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, appeared on “The Rachel Maddow Show” Wednesday night in response to the fire-bombing of her office in Fort Worth Tuesday afternoon.

While initially thought to be an attack because her recent media attention for condemning the Senate’s cuts to women’s healthcare and Planned Parenthood, Fort Worth police believe a 40-year-old homeless man who was arrested for the alleged fire-bombing was not mentally stable as he allegedly rambled about aliens during his arrest.

Davis, an avid supporter for LGBT rights who authored a fully-inclusive anti-bullying bill last year, has also been a strong proponent for women’s healthcare. She has recently been vocal at protests against the decision to exclude financial funding to Planned Parenthood, a provider she relied on when she was a low-income teenage mom.

After Texas cut the women’s healthcare budget from $110 million to $37 million in the last legislative session, Gov. Rick Perry announced Texas will no longer receive federal funds for the Women’s Health Program, which 130,000 Texas women rely on annually. The decision was the result of the legislature not being allowed to exclude Planned Parenthood from receiving funds.

Davis was not present at the office at the time of the fire-bombing and was held for four hours on lockdown in her law office in downtown Fort Worth Tuesday evening. She told Maddow while the attack does not appear to be politically motivated, the incident reminded her of the risk elected officials face when they speak out about heated topics.

“It certainly reminds us how venerable we are in the public arena and that we have to take extra care and caution in making sure that we’re as safe as we can be,” Davis said.

Watch the interview below.

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