Rick Perry Attacks Wendy Davis in the Worst Way Possible

Jamelle Bouie

Rick Perry on the trail at the Lizard Thicket restaurant in South Carolina Wednesday.

Texas Governor Rick Perry is speaking to the National Right to Life Convention, and given the events of the last few days, it’s no surprise he’s commenting on Wendy Davis and her filibuster of harsh anti-abortion restrictions. (You can read Abby Rapoport on Davis's filibuster here.)

In criticizing Davis, Perry had a choice. He could dispute the state senator on the substance of her opposition, or he could attack her motives and her experiences. To no one’s shock, Perry—who occupies the far-right of the Republican Party—chose the latter. Jay Root, a reporter for the Texas Tribune, tweets one of Perry’s statements:

The full quote is here:

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.

Perry’s argument boils down to this: Wendy Davis should oppose legal abortion because she wasn’t aborted herself. Believe what you will about abortion or Davis’ filibuster, it’s a despicable thing to say, especially coming from a man who could have been the Republican Party’s nominee for president.

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Only a man with absolutely no respect for women would make such a comment. He fails to understand that she had a choice. The same choice that the Supreme Court granted by Roe v Wade. The same choice that Governor Perry is trying to take away from the women of Texas.

Under the guise of supporting women's health, he has defunded Planned Parenthood, reduced the funding for services to poor children, and voted against the Lilly Ledbetter equal pay for women. He probably believes in keeping women barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen.

Texas women woke up and they are angry. We will remember in 2014 at the ballot box.

Perry is a hypocrite not unlike nearly all of the Pro Life movement. Perry said in this piece"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." He says this as he pulls the switch, killing the 500th person from his jails. I doubt that any Pro lifer is about to adopt all those unborn potentials.

The MaddowBlog has posted a video clip of Perry's comment, along with discussion:

http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/06/27/19172634-texas-perry-tries-mansplaining-abortion-to-wendy-davis#comments

I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THESE PRO-LIFE ADVOCATES! Enough! Roe vs. Wade was SUPPOSED to be used for INCEST or RAPE and ONLY where the LIFE of THE MOTHER was compromised! The LIBERAL LEFT has deviated and subverted the whole spirit of the law and made this a BIRTH CONTROL METHOD!

Are we so small warped and cruel that we refuse to admitt what is happening? Have you ALL NOT LOOKED at the horrors that Goznell brought on this country. Oh, don't you dare say that was an isolated incident!

It is murder, we are killing the HUMAN RACE. YOU ARE KILLING BABIES! At least call it what it is! Quit hiding behind the "Pro-Life" phrase and be big enough to admitt it's a birth control method. You are too lazy to protect yourselves from getting pregnant (if you have not been raped) and opt out for the easiest way to rid yourself of your trouble.

This country has fallen so far down in the name of Progressiveness? Bullcrap. These Pro-Life clinics do not even tell you what they are doing. They do not even show you what this child looks like. Afraid you might change your mind?

RedState has a beautiful description of what happens during an abortion, the instruments they use, the way they are used and exactly what happens at 20 weeks or more. You baby and that is what it is...not a FETUS or CELLS, it has a brain, face, heart, bones, fingers, toes, skin, gall bladder, liver, intestines...and all the rest, almost fully functioning lungs.

So understand they are ripping this child apart piece by piece! At least GET REAL ABOUT THE ISSUE. You could not do this to a dog without going to jail, but we allow you to do this to a baby???

WOW! Would you like to know the epitome of "lazy"; not backing up your statements with facts. First of all your statement, Roe vs. Wade was SUPPOSED to be used for INCEST or RAPE and ONLY where the LIFE of THE MOTHER was compromised!" is hogwash. In his majority opinion, Blackmun stated, "The Due Process Clause protects the right to privacy, including a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy, against state action." There is NOT ONE WORD about incest or rape--NOT ONE!

You are correct in saying Gosnell "was [not] an isolated incident; there have been doctors who have pushed the limit. However, if abortion were to be outlawed, we would be revisiting back alley abortions and disgusting conditions for POOR women (the wealthy travelled to have their abortions).

How is the human race being killed?

I noticed you missed terminating a pregnancy due to severe abnormalities in the child. Would you have the mother carry the fetus to term?

Finally, it's PRO-CHOICE, though I'll take pro-life because most of us who are PRO-CHOICE are also against the death penalty, unlike many in the pro-life movement (see: Gov. Rick Perry)

You keep saying pro-life people are doing this. You could not be more wrong. Maybe they are. However, every woman, no matter who she is has the right to her own body and her own decisions regarding that body. It is not a baby until it breathes air! Your are probably the most ignorant person I have ever heard. It is not a child. You have no vagina and no right to tell any woman what she can and cannot do. OMG, I thought your were a man. Marcy? Really???? You are a woman...and you are dead wrong. Stay barefoot and pregnant--go make your man a sandwich. I'm disgusted that a woman would think this way. I hope you don't ever get in a situation where an abortion will save your life.

Nah, this is mind for Bully Bulldog Badass Perry. Ms. Davis has more intelligence, more skills, more courage in her little pinkie than this dwarf has in his whole brain. Texas has actually found a village idiot dumber and more vile than George W.

Perry is a douche, But that is no reason to call him a dwarf. Dwarves are people too, being one I am insulted. Though you shouldn't care about a random dudes opinion on the internet, Still. Dwarves are people too, short people, who get mocked insulted and laughed at everyday. So, Whatever you want to call yourself, Being a dwarf is not an insult.

Hmmm....doesn't rolling back the clock where POOR women are forced to seek "back alley abortions" "threaten the life of the mother"? Rich women will always have access to safe abortions. If not in this country, in other countries. Anti-abortion legislation is more about the Republican (co-opted by evangelical Christian dogma) war on women and the poor than saving lives of fetus'.

Killing the human race?? Last I checked we were on our way to seven billion and counting! More babies is not an advantage--all the humans are poisoning this planet for the creatures including ourselves who are already here.

There is nothing in Perry's statements that is attacking anyone. She was raised at least for a time by a single mother, she was a teen mother and she has picked herself up and made something of her life instead of wallowing in government freebies. Those are facts. Those are also some of the prime reasons used in defense of elective abortions, poor women, young women, bad timing for a child, can't give a child what they need. Gov Perry is pointing out that Ms Davis is a great example of why abortion should not be a choice in most cases - NO ONE knows the future and NO ONE should be able to choose to end a life and a future based on convenience or other shaky reasons. ALL children have a right to live their lives and a woman's convenience should not take that right away. Birth control is everywhere and should be used if pregnancy is not wanted. If someone does not make that choice at the appropriate time, then it is not just about their own body anymore, there are TWO lives involved and it is no longer just about the mother controlling her own body. His statements are a compliment to Ms Davis, not an attack.

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Wendy Davis's voting record is what should be used to evaluate her. She is good from a liberal point of view on environmental issues, got a 17% rating from the NRA and an endorsement from the AFL-CIO. She also is grudgingly liked by a lot of wealthy business people. She's got the ear of many public officials. As a city council member, negotiated to "scale back lucrative pension benefits" for city unionized workers. Wendy Davis is a Centrist in the Democratic Party. She isn't quiet. She's ambitious and she made her own luck after she turned 21, which may be her most unforgivable sin in the eyes of status quo fanatics.

If you don't want to support Wendy Davis because of her political positions, fine; but if you don't like her because of her personal ambitions, that's bunk.
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