Texas abortion bill fails amid chaos
June 28th, 2013
10:33 AM ET
10 months ago

Davis shrugs off Perry's scolding

(CNN) - The deeply personal criticism that Texas Gov. Rick Perry leveled at state Sen. Wendy Davis Thursday diminished the position he holds, she said in an interview Friday.

Speaking at a national "Right to Life" conference in Dallas, Perry took aim at Davis' own background, claiming she had learned the wrong lessons from being born to a single mother and having her first daughter as a teenager.

"The fact is, who are we to say that children born into the worst of circumstances can't grow to live successful lives?" Perry said, noting Davis had gone on to graduate from college and Harvard Law.

"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," the Republican governor said.

Speaking Friday on MSNBC, Democrat Davis said the decisions she's made in life don't qualify her to dictate how another woman should live.

"I would say to him that I had the privilege of making a choice about the path I chose for my life, and I am so proud of my daughters, but I could never for a moment put myself in the shoes of another woman confronting a difficult personal choice, and it really isn't for him to make statements like that," Davis said.

The state lawmaker, who represents a district in the Fort Worth area, became a hero to abortion rights supporters this week after staging a 13-hour filibuster of proposed legislation that would place new restrictions on abortions in Texas. The law would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and place new regulations on abortion providers.

The measure, declared dead after Davis' marathon filibuster, will be reconsidered during a special session of the state legislature convened by Perry next week.


Filed under: Abortion • Rick Perry • Wendy Davis
soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Perry speaks at a "Right To Life" convention, but boast that Texas has executed it's 500th inmate. See the disparity there?

    June 28, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. sonny chapman

    Texas Christians: Take the beam(hatred of abortion) out of your eye so that you are not blinded by another sin. FIVE HUNDRED living, breathing humans executed in your name for what ? To make you fell safer from future violent crime ? P.S.- I can't think of anything more hypocritical than for Gov. perry saying ,'Texans support ALL forms of life" in defense of his anti-abortion bill on the SAME DAY that # 500 gets the needle.

    June 28, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Data Driven

    Aw, come on, hon, why so serious? Don't you realize that you fine little ladies are brood-mares to members of the He-Man Woman Haters Club? You just sit down now sweetie and listen to the Governor - you're just a woman after all, and you're getting all emotional as women so often do.

    /snark

    June 28, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    good job Ms Davis....Perry is a loudmouth fool who doesnt know the first thing about anything but his fanatical beliefs

    June 28, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    Simple truth–why not we give THAT choice to Women–yes, it is women's body?? Why GOP idiots fuss?? Nonsense. Can you feed with your Tax-Evaded money?? Or stashed money in Cayman islands?? Swiss accounts you piled up?? If women want to abort let her have–churches–better stay away for these issues. We have melting pot now.

    June 28, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. MaryM

    Wendy Davis has more class in her little toe than perry has in his whole body. Remember folks, If men could bet pregnant, there would be an abortion clinic on every corner of the U.S.

    June 28, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Bill from GA

    Maybe Perry is a lesson favoring the Pro-Abortion camp.

    if only him mamma hadda ...

    June 28, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Sniffit

    ""It's just unfortunate that she hasn't learned from her own example"

    Patronizing, condescending and paternalistic. Yep, misogyny at its finest.

    June 28, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    You know, CNN. I myself am going more with a "Rick Perry Offers Nothing But Condescension Towards Wendy Davis" meme.

    Please proceed, GOPerville.

    June 28, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. ja

    all of the so concerned gopers, a child is born into the world and they set all sorts of obstacles to ensure failure and they claim anti abortion, hypocrisy, let the woman be the decider

    June 28, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. Steveo

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Perry speaks at a "Right To Life" convention, but boast that Texas has executed it's 500th inmate. See the disparity there?
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    No! Although not everyone on death row is guilty, name for me one crime an unborn child committed!

    June 28, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Once again Gov. Perry is showing is lack of insight. Yes, it was a filibuster that blocked the Lt. Gov. from conducting the vote the other night, but it was not Sen. Davis' filibuster that finished it off. It was the PEOPLE'S FILIBUSTER that, which began around fifteen minutes before midnight, that carried what Davis started across the finish line.

    Perry wants to blame somebody, has to blame somebody. A good politician would never blame The People, most especially when a majority of The People are against him.

    June 28, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. Thomas

    Wendy Davis would make a great Governor of Texas .

    Rick Perry is a joke , a well oiled political machine will no brain.

    Can you believe he ran for president , talk about a bought and payed for politician ,

    June 28, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. Steveo

    @sonny chapman

    Texas Christians: Take the beam(hatred of abortion) out of your eye so that you are not blinded by another sin. FIVE HUNDRED living, breathing humans executed in your name for what ? To make you fell safer from future violent crime ? P.S.- I can't think of anything more hypocritical than for Gov. perry saying ,'Texans support ALL forms of life" in defense of his anti-abortion bill on the SAME DAY that # 500 gets the needle.
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    Sonny, I know you said you only read the GospeIs but Romans 13, the context is human government.
    Verse 4 NIV

    For the one in authority is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God's servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.

    God gave human government the authority to execute judgment and YES just like anything else this authority is abused!

    June 28, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. sonny chapman

    Hey Steveo, enjoyed our Faith Discussion yesterday. Re: Crimes of the Unborn, they have committed none. As of Roe, their mother's have committed none. They may have sinned in my eyes or in your eyes, but we don't imprison sinners in America, a country of 320,000,000 with different Faith beliefs.

    June 28, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. rs

    Davis is a hero, Perry is a zero. She shouldn't spend a second on Perry's inane tirade.
    Will there be an inquiry into the Legislature trying to force the results with an altered timestamp?

    June 28, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. salami oladapo r

    it's possible a politician blame d majority. Cos the majority might be controlled by emotion rather than reality. Which means majority could be wrong.

    June 28, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. California Gary

    Davis is coming out of this looking very "large".......Perry is coming out of this looking very "small". We could be seeing the beginning of the end for the Texas "good ole boys" domination of politics down there.

    June 28, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Guy

    "The law would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and place new regulations on abortion providers."
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I understand the entire right to choose thing, but, any woman who decided after five months to kill her baby is a monster.

    June 28, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. Steveo

    @sonny chapman

    Hey Steveo, enjoyed our Faith Discussion yesterday. Re: Crimes of the Unborn, they have committed none. As of Roe, their mother's have committed none. They may have sinned in my eyes or in your eyes, but we don't imprison sinners in America, a country of 320,000,000 with different Faith beliefs.
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    Sonny, I enjoyed it as well. We do imprison sinners, just SOME types of sin. IE murder, theft! But your point is taken.

    June 28, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. sonny chapman

    Steveo, an important part of my Catholic upbringing which has still stuck w/me is the concept of Free Will & Conscience. This allows one to question Faith Beliefs as well as laws imposed on us as humans.

    June 28, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. plain&simple

    Perry is a dinosaur. Sinking slowly into the quagmire of right wing muck. For a party wanting to be known for less government...they sure love government intrusion into your personal life,your sex life,your family decisions. Just stay out of gun closets and mental stability checks to own one. While you're at it let's have the government do pelvic exams. Yep that's the party of freedom from big government!!!

    June 28, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. Steveo

    I will say this. Davis was elected to represent the will of those who voted for her. If her fillibuster did that, why the concern? If it is tolerated in DC, why not the state and local levels as well? I have no problem with it as long as it is within the rules and as far as I know, it was! Move on people, move on!

    June 28, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Steveo
    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Perry speaks at a "Right To Life" convention, but boast that Texas has executed it's 500th inmate. See the disparity there?
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    No! Although not everyone on death row is guilty, name for me one crime an unborn child committed!
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    It's not the government's role to tell a woman what they can and can't do with THEIR bodies.

    June 28, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. rs

    Rick Perry is (just like Akin, Mourdock and Franks) are today's biggets problem with the GOP. These idiots simply don't know when to stop digging. their action prove the GOP doesn't care one whit about the things they claim to. Nor do they see their absolutist solutions fly in the face of what they claim to believe about their constiuents, the Constitution, Democracy, personal fredoms or small government. No siree, when these fools call Obama a socialist (or a communist or an islamo-fascist, or whatever) they really need to just look in the mirror.

    June 28, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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