After Democratic Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis’ rousing 11-hour filibuster that helped lead the effort in defeating a crippling abortion bill, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) expressed his patronizing disappointment toward the single mother, saying it is “disappointing” she has not learned "every life must be given a chance.”
Davis, who was a teenage mother herself but ended up putting herself through Harvard Law School, filibustered a Texas bill that would have essentially outlawed abortions in the state because of its stringent requirements. If the bill passed, only five of the state’s 42 abortion clinics would have been able to stay in operation.
“No life is trivial in God’s eyes. The fact is — who are we to say that children born into the worst of circumstances can’t live successful lives?” Perry asked at the National Right to Life convention in Dallas. “In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of as single woman; she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate. It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.”
Davis, who probably knows better than Perry her struggles, struck back at the governor by calling his comments “without dignity.”
“Rick Perry's statement is without dignity and tarnishes the high office he holds," she said. "They are small words that reflect a dark and negative point of view. Our governor should reflect our Texas values. Sadly, Gov. Perry fails that test."