Texas abortion bill fails amid chaos
June 28th, 2013
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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. lottie

    in texas as in many southern states we grow them up in poverty because no one wants them then we execute them . That's morally ok??. Perry can not speak in complete sentences as it is so he should just shut up.

    June 28, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Rebranding of the Republican Party takes two steps backwards when angry old white misogynist like Gov Perry hurled cheap shots at Sen Wendy Davis. The Republcan Party's war on women continues!

    June 28, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. plain&simple

    With Perry's logic we can soon expect big brother in our bedrooms to make sure we are doing it right. Wouldn't want to screw that up . Need his input !

    June 28, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. MTATL67

    The Supreme Court did make the wrong call on the VRA. The proof of this is the fact that the Texas Legislature Changed Timestamps on SB5 Vote. This is evidence that Republicans have predilection for voter fraud and or suppression.

    June 28, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. rs

    Guy

    "The law would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and place new regulations on abortion providers."
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    I understand the entire right to choose thing, but, any woman who decided after five months to kill her baby is a monster.
    ________________
    You miss the bigger point. Perry's law would require expenssive upgrades to women's health clinic where abortions are available- putting them out of business. The results are that as many as 80% of the health clinics in Texas could close- wrecking healthcare for poorer women, and "accidently" placing huge limits on access to a legal medical procedure. So much for Mr. "small government".

    June 28, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. RKC

    Perry is nothing more then a televangelist disguised as a politian.

    June 28, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Hogarth

    Since Christians believe that all of us are born in sin, and must be baptized before we can ever hope to avoid eternal perdition, this means that taking the life of a fetus is taking the life of someone who isn't qualified to go to heaven, because they are still bearing the sin of Adam. How can such lives be worth more than the baptized living, if you are actually going to call yourself a believer?

    June 28, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Steveo

    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.
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    God gave FREE WILL but you are changing the subject. You implied one cannot be pro life and pro capitol punishment at the same time. Romans Chapter 13 Dutch! I am pro life but I have never protested a clinic nor shouted anybody down about it either and never will! At the same time, if somebody (God forbid) takes out somebody that I care about, I want justice to include the death penalty.

    June 28, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. drc

    While I'm ok that a woman have their supposed 'choice', I think there should be limits...such as at a certain point in your pregnancy YES that is a baby in you that is viable and able to live (whether that is 20 weeks or whatever). Addtionally, if you are getting knocked up on a regular basis, perhaps the problem is not your 'choice' to abort but your inability to control yourself.

    As far as killing inmates on death row....pretty sure they had a 'choice' in NOT committing the crime they did. versus the unborn baby who is expecting the mother to make the proper choice.

    June 28, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. pwmcgill

    The Governor of Texas and his ilk will continue to be why the GOP will not win another presidential campaign anytime soon! The GOP needs to dispense with its anti-science, bigoted and religious self-righteous platform and seek out intelligent, well-educated and informed politicians. Now that I think about it, perhaps that former statement is oxymoronic and impossible considering the GOP we have today!

    June 28, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. Rosslaw

    Do cowboy boots constrict the blood flow to the average Texas brain? Just wonderin'. And its obvious that the republican members of the texas state legislature should have called for reinforcements to handle Ms. Davis. Their boyfriends could have made catty remarks about her hair or clothing choices.

    June 28, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. sonny chapman

    Hogarth, that's not what ALL Christians(or those who attempt to follow the Teachings of Jesus ) believe. The real test is once we become adults. Do our words & deeds reflect our Faith ? Do we forgive others that sin against us & therefore are ourselves forgiven when we do sin against others ?

    June 28, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Steveo

    @Hogarth

    Since Christians believe that all of us are born in sin, and must be baptized before we can ever hope to avoid eternal perdition, this means that taking the life of a fetus is taking the life of someone who isn't qualified to go to heaven, because they are still bearing the sin of Adam. How can such lives be worth more than the baptized living, if you are actually going to call yourself a believer?
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    False! Deciding for Christ or not is a choice! How can the unborn make ANY choice? You said "BORN IN SIN". We are not allowing these babies to be BORN!. New borns and young children cannot process the information to make a choice. AND YES, I am a believer!

    June 28, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. wendy davis is my hero

    i seriously hope that wendy davis takes rick perry's job from him in next year's election!!!!! rick perry's brand of ultra social conservatism has NO PLACE in the 21st century...

    June 28, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. Ken in MO

    We cannot use Rick Perry as our role model. He is a sick, bigoted, ego maniac. He is not much smarter than a box of rocks. Texas has turned out some doosey's but Perry makes W look like Einstein! Scary stupid and ignorant.

    June 28, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Don

    @Guy
    "I understand the entire right to choose thing, but, any woman who decided after five months to kill her baby is a monster."
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Even if it was only then that you discovered the baby would be born with Tay-Sachs? That would mean at about 6 month of age deterioration of mental and physical abilities would begin. They would become blind and deaf, then be unable to swallow or speak. Eventually they would be paralyzed. Death would most likely occure before the age of four.

    Sounds peachy.

    June 28, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Guy

    rs
    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.
    ________________
    You miss the bigger point. Perry's law would require expenssive upgrades to women's health clinic where abortions are available- putting them out of business. The results are that as many as 80% of the health clinics in Texas could close- wrecking healthcare for poorer women, and "accidently" placing huge limits on access to a legal medical procedure. So much for Mr. "small government".
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    Like I said, unless there are extenuating circumstances, terminating a pregnancy (killing the baby) after carrying it for five months, is just plain evil. I understand the Supreme Court has long ago ruled on the legality abortion and it is the law of the land and I will comply with the law. My wife and I have had children naturally as well as adopted a child. Our children have also had children naturally and have also adopted children. Like I said, I understand the law and will abide by it. However, I refuse to glorify abortion. If you choose to do so that is your problem and you have to live with it.

    June 28, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. CR in TN

    It's hard to argue with anyone standing up for the rights of the unborn and innocent. Do whatever you want to yourself – no one's getting in the way of that. BUT, to say that a "woman's right to choose" is about her and her alone is 100% false (and deep down everyone knows that, even if you can't admit it). If that same woman drove drunk and killed a newborn she'd be in prison. Qualifying life by weeks or in/out is narcissistic and self-serving! Your "choice" is easy – ABSTAIN if you can't handle a baby. It's called being responsible.

    June 28, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. Jim

    Given Perry's somewhat less than stellar intellect, I think the whole world should ignore everything he says.

    June 28, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. Jerry

    This woman is a disgrace to the state of Texas and its faithful citizens. She should be declared "persona non grata", period! Depending on "mob" support to get her points across and then acting like a heroine (heroin is is probably what she was on)?! Give me a break!!!

    June 28, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "I think there should be limits"

    There already are and there already were in TX. Have you not even read Roe v. Wade?

    June 28, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. Nelson Neville Jr

    thanks Mrs Davis

    June 28, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. Andy in Vic

    It's simple really – she's smart, and has class, thinks, and is compassionate and empathetic. He's, well, Rick Perry, the empty suit beside whom the younger George Bush looks better.

    June 28, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    God gave FREE WILL but you are changing the subject. You implied one cannot be pro life and pro capitol punishment at the same time. Romans Chapter 13 Dutch! I am pro life but I have never protested a clinic nor shouted anybody down about it either and never will! At the same time, if somebody (God forbid) takes out somebody that I care about, I want justice to include the death penalty.
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    If your logic is based on any religious premise(which it is), that is where you lose me. No one's religious beliefs should infringe on me or anyone else for that matter. An abortion is a medical procedure which is protected under the law. However grotesque it may be to some, it's still a law that many want protected. I'm against late term abortions. I believe that once a women is in her 3rd trimester, she should have the baby and consider adoption as an alternative.

    June 28, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Guy wrote:

    I understand the entire right to choose thing, but, any woman who decided after five months to kill her baby is a monster.
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    You should ask women what they think. One would be quick to tell you that some women have such irregular cycles that they many not realize they're pregnant for 4 or 5 months. Which brings to another stumbling block in the Texas law. The law relies on a vague term, "moment of conception".

    The new law defines the 20 weeks as beginning at the "moment of conception", which itself is ridiculous because a fertilized egg alone cannot survive until it attaches itself to the womb. No doctor can tell you when the "moment of conception" actually occurred. This uncertainty can lead to women being prohibited from having abortions after only 16 or 18 weeks. There's no science behind it, only someone's opinion.

    June 28, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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