09/08/2014 09:19 am ET Updated Sep 08, 2014

Wendy Davis Reveals Her Mother 'Almost' Killed Herself, Her Children While Depressed

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), who is running for governor, opened up about the severity of her mother's depression in a Monday interview with "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts, saying her mother almost killed herself and her children after divorcing Davis' father.

Davis sat down with Roberts to discuss her new memoir, "Forgetting to Be Afraid."

Yahoo News reports:

At the time, Davis' mother was in her 20s with three children aged five and under.

She became depressed after Davis' birth and, after the separation, her husband remarried. Davis' mother was all alone.

"She almost took her life and ours," Davis told Roberts.

Her mother put her children in the trunk of the car because "she couldn't imagine leaving the world and leaving us behind ... she had intended to start the car in the garage," Davis said. "And an angel came into our lives that day. A neighbor who had never come to our home before rang the bell. And he sat in the living room. He held my mother's hand. He talked to her for quite a long time. And by the time he left, she was through it. And she came and collected us from the car and put one foot in front of the other and pushed on for all of us, and did a beautiful job of it."

On Friday, the AP reported on another anecdote from Davis' book, where she reveals she terminated two pregnancies for medical reasons in the 1990s. Davis gained national attention after mounting an 11-hour filibuster against a controversial anti-abortion bill in June 2013.

Davis is embarking on a September book tour in Texas to promote "Forgetting To Be Afraid."

Read more at Yahoo News.



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