Abbott Criticized For Ruling Against Sexual Assault Victims

AUSTIN (August 14, 2014) Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott was again facing criticism Thursday from his Democratic opponent Wendy Davis over his rulings in sexual assault cases while serving on the Texas Supreme Court.

The Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday that Abbott sided four times against victims who sued their attackers or a company for negligence during his former tenure as a justice on the state's highest civil court.

A spokeswoman for Abbott says he ruled based on existing law.

The cases surfaced a week after Davis released her first statewide TV ad that attacked Abbott for not siding with a rape victim whose lawsuit reached the high court in 1998.

Abbott condemned the ad as a "desperate attack."

Davis' campaign says the decisions show a pattern of ruling against Texans who need him.

"Greg Abbott has shown a disturbing pattern of using his position of power to side against the victims of brutal rape time and time again," said Zac Petkanas, Davis’ communications director.

"While he may pay lip service to sexual assault survivors, his record shows that's he's only looking out for corporations and insiders instead of defending the Texans he's supposed to be looking out for."

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