"She was a Teenage Mother Herself" -- Rick Perry Says Wendy Davis Should Know Better Than to Support Abortion

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Now that the euphoria that followed Wendy Davis' Senate filibuster two nights ago has faded, Democrats are back to facing the likelihood that the Republicans' death grip on state government isn't going to loosen easily or soon. As the Texas Tribune's Jay Root explains, Republicans embarrassed themselves, but Governor Rick Perry remains very much in the driver's seat.

And he came out swinging today during the National Right to Life's annual convention in Dallas this morning. His speech delivered the type of boilerplate anti-abortion rhetoric everyone expected and reiterated his pledge to get a 20-week abortion ban through the Legislature in the coming special session.

Perry, like his Republican colleagues, dismissed the crowd in the Senate gallery Tuesday night who picked up the slack after Davis was forced to stop talking as an unruly mob who carried out a "hijacking of the democratic process." Then he turned his attention to Davis, opening with a prelude about how even children born into poverty can achieve great things.

"In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances," Perry said. "The daughter of a single mother, she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas Senate.

"It's 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."

In case that message wasn't clear, he underlined it in post-speech remarks to the Tribune's Root and other reporters:

"I know she is proud of where she has found herself in life and I'm proud that she has been able to take advantage of her intellect and her hard work, but she didn't come from particularly good circumstances," he said. "What if her mom had said, 'I just can't do this, I don't want to do this.' At that particular point in time I think it becomes very personal for us."

Update at 1:01 p.m.: And here's the video from Think Progress:

And here's Davis' response, via The Dallas Morning News:

Rick Perry's statement is without dignity and tarnishes the high office he holds. 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.
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Obummer
Obummer

Yo as long as Sandra Fluke be get’in her free birf controls pills what diff’ do it make?

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Face it, Little Ricky is a genius at playing to his base supporters who always always show up to vote.  His base doesn't want to hear or understand crony capitalism or budget balancing gimmicks or a crumpling infrastructure.  His base understands emotional single topic voting.  Until someone runs a competent opposing campaign that motivates the majority that bitch and don't vote, you might as well just accept Little Ricky as the oligarch that he is.         I miss Molly Ivins.................

MisterMean
MisterMean

Nothing says life like executing your 500th inmate.  Nothing says like like blocking health car for Texans and giving up $$$ of federal money too for Medicaid expansion (hell even Brewer of Arizona got on board for that one).

 The only thing about him is his political posturing and using Texas Taxes for his personal political ambitions.

rickyj63
rickyj63

Too bad pRick Perry's mommy didn't abort him. It would have changed millions of peoples lives for the better. What a fucking TURD!!!

lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

Governor Good Hair was a Yell Leader at A&M - another reason to support women's rights! Once we get those time machines working - we'll go back in time to all of the parents of death row inmates - and have the abortions done!

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

Irony - To say these words a day after another execution in Texas

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

And yet he'll be re-elected if he runs?

Joanne Welch
Joanne Welch

Actually, Rick Perry, please, PLEASE do. Keep on opening up your mouth. Keep letting the hatred and filth flow from it. Please, Rick Perry, tell us how you feel. It's gonna put you right out of office :D So keep it up.

joseph
joseph

I didn't realize that there was some one that well educated in the Texas legislature. Who was it who said that the Texas legislature was the the World's most compelling evidence against democracy?

Kevin Wilson
Kevin Wilson

""It's 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." he says after slashing another insane amount in Texas Healthcare.

lolotehe
lolotehe

"The louder they scream, the more we know that we are getting something done.”

Rick Perry knows that what a rapist says, right? 

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

with Perry's war on TX teachers, how does he expect any present day girl to repeat Wendy's performance.


what a Turd.

Americano
Americano

Apparently, her Mother should have done the humane thing and aborted her.

labman57
labman57

And Perry wonders why the American people determined him to be anunworthy candidatefor the presidency ...

Self-righteous Rick and his fellow Republicans in the state legislature reside in a political bubble -- isolated from the world of verifiable facts and true public opinion -- where the only voices that they hear are the reverberating echoes of their own reality-devoid rhetoric.

MseXe
MseXe

Something tells me that Rick Perry wasn't so perfect when he was living the bachelor lifestyle while flying jets for the Air Force during the 70's and didn't marry until age 32. 

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Currently, American women can legally have an abortion up through the 24th week of pregnancy, which is well into the second trimester (defined as weeks 13-28), assuming that an abortion clinic will actually perform it. (According to the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute,only 23 percent of abortion providers will perform a procedure after 20 weeks.)

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Hard to believe anything could exceed Oops stupidity (remember those debates?) but his crassness and vulgarity certainly do so.

rain392
rain392

I also wonder how Rick Perry planned his family.  He doesn't have many kids.  My parents planned their family, using birth control in between and they had 3, each 5-6 years apart.  I'm always suspicious of people who want to mess with my family planning when they don't disclose about their own. 

 In that spirit, I have never been pregnant (with two spouses) and have two adopted children now in their 40's, that came to me when they were newborn.  They were closed adoptions as was the custom then but always offered to help my kids find their birth parents if and when they were ready.   Both were found and really wanted to be, and now they are definitely total members of our family.

Our story is really quite complex, interesting and heartfelt

Bremarks
Bremarks

Keep talking Rick.  The more you talk, the more supporters flock to Wendy Davis. 

Jon Pitt
Jon Pitt

Still trying to tell women how to feel and what is best for them. Keep talking Rick and see how that goes for you...

Joe Downey
Joe Downey

Rick she votes on Principle not some DOGMA people tell you to believe

Danny Pitt
Danny Pitt

Suppose not but you can be stupid without broadcasting it.

oxtail
oxtail

Females should always have the right to CHOOSE, unless of course, that female is a fetus. 

Terry Torreance
Terry Torreance

how many children as Governor Perry and the others attending the conference adopted or foster parented?

Kory Simmons
Kory Simmons

What about the death penalty? What about kids dying because their parent's can't afford health care coverage?

rickyj63
rickyj63

@Sotiredofitall Let's hope not! Hopefully Texans will FINALLY wake up to the fact that Perry is an evil man, a THIEF, is CORRUPT and racist to the bone.

John1073
John1073

The 20 week issue is not the part of the bill most people are worried about. It's the part where they begin to shut down clinics because of unwarranted regulation. That equals denial of access to women.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@primi_timpano One thing about him, he consistently sets a low bar and consistently fails to clear it.

MisterMean
MisterMean

@Margie Vogels Hubbard I would have to include the rest of the Republicans in the legislature in your vomit bag.  He makes me sick too.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Bremarks Good to see you back on the boards!  Now just hope all this anger and indignation against Perry simmers until the next election... otherwise it's all for naught.  I see a lot of incredulity that Perry keeps getting elected, a fact which might speak more to voter apathy than to Perry's public appeal.

MisterMean
MisterMean

@Terry Torreance Why none!  Once they are born (according to the right) they are on their own.   Perry is a hypocrite.  Perry sticks his nose in where it does not belong all in the aim of personal political gain with the  Treasonous extremist a**holes (the TEA party).

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Kory Simmons Kids don't die because their parents can't afford health care coverage in America.

Medicaid.  Look it up.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@John1073 

I can understand that.

What if there are complications?

can't get a gurney down an office corridor.

no crash cart.

maybe the woman should just sign a release of liability that would hold the provider harmless under law if things went south.

greg.shelton91
greg.shelton91

@everlastingphelps Actually yes they do -- Have you ever tried to get in the Medicaid program?  The state of Texas makes it very very hard.  

Try actually investigating Medicaid and you will learn the truth

Bobtex
Bobtex

@everlastingphelps Rick Perry keeps squeezing Medicaid in Texas so that Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the country.  Look it up.

Rick Perry is pro-life only until birth.  After that, you're on your own.  Adios, Mofo.  Look it up.

MisterMean
MisterMean

@Sotiredofitall   The check is filled out and I am mailing it to:

Wendy Davis
P. O. Box 1039
Fort Worth Texas 76101

 This is for all campaign contributions.   A start of a monthly contribution.


holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@miss-ashly @holmantx @John1073 

that does not task society to to either bar it, regulate it, or otherwise infringe upon your right to do it (home birth), even if you do not understand, comprehend or care what the risks are.  Because in that setting, implied is that you accept the risk.  It's a Libertarian thingy.

In other words, you have no one to sue if you suddenly are in dire need of immediate medical attention but are attempting to birth in a setting not designed for an emergency.

And that is my point.  You can get an abortion in some retail space in Lakewood for all I care if you want to take the risk, but I do not think you should have any recourse against the property owner, the operator of the abortion boutique, or the City if you cannot be gotten to in time to save your life.

miss-ashly
miss-ashly

@holmantx @John1073 What if mom gives birth at home and mom and baby experience extreme distress and need immediate medical attention? Are you also an advocate to ban home births and force women to birth in hospitals?


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