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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Speaking at the National Right to Life conference on Thursday, Texas’ Republican governor, Rick Perry, had a few choice words for state senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth): Your actions Tuesday were a disgrace, and having been a teen mom, you should be setting a better example.

Davis, who bravely spoke for 11 hours to filibuster the anti-abortion SB5 on Tuesday, is being hailed as a hero for at least temporarily blocking the draconian bill from becoming law. But to Rick Perry, she is nothing but an unfortunate example due to her pro-choice stance:

In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of a 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 also condemned Davis’ filibuster as “hijacking of the Democratic process,” ironic for a member of a party that has made the tactic its standard operating procedure since Barack Obama took office. He also said of the pro-choice movement, “the louder they scream, the more we know that we are getting something done.”

And “getting something done” is the plan. Perry has called a special session for Monday to get SB5 passed, which will likely happen. The new law would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy and effectively shutter 90 percent of the state’s abortion clinics.

“We will ban abortion after 20 weeks!” Perry proudly announced. And having defunded Planned Parenthood and cut women’s health funding to ribbons, chances are there will be a whole lot more teen moms in Texas to “learn from their own examples.”

Video of Perry’s speech is below, via ThinkProgress.

Update: Senator Davis responded to Perry’s comments on Thursday, noting that the governor’s remark “tarnishes the high office he holds.”

“They are small words that reflect a dark and negative point of view,” Davis said. “Our governor should reflect our Texas values. Sadly, Gov. Perry fails that test.”

Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr.com

  • Lynda Groom

    Be careful governor because she is in another league. You’d be better served if you addressed someone of your intellectual ability…if you can find one. What a putz!

    • latebloomingrandma

      Yes, I detected a little jealousy in the governor’s silly response. His number will soon be up.

  • Doug Gryder

    …..and “that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.”
    Really? Before we had the options of birth control and abortions they DIDN’T want our babies, they shunned them and called them “illegitimate bastards.” This is about controlling more than 50% of the population, women.

    • Sand_Cat

      Plus, what have Texas Republicans or Perry ever done to help the “born” realize their “full potential” or to treat them like their lives “matter” unless they were born to rich white people?

    • pangamut

      “… every life matters.”

      Well, yeah, except those 500 that your state put to death.

      • Independent1

        Unfortunately, to Republicans, life doesn’t matter unless it’s unborn and not yet an actual person. Once a fetus reaches term and is born, all bets are off – it’s totally on its own for survival with no help from any Republican. But be careful, that life may get sent to war and be killed in order to stuff a few more bucks in the pockets of another Republican; or it may be put at risk and die seeking an illegal abortion from some quack on the street corner – Republicans really don’t care if a born fetus dies in a war to enrich the already wealthy, or if women die getting an illegal abortion, as they did quite frequently before Roe vs Wade. Hypocrites ALL – Republicans today are the lowlifes of the world.

        • jmprint

          God forbid, but what do you think Perry would do if his daughter got gang raped, and pregnant, by some ethnic person, Do you think he would raise this child as his grandkid?

          • Nmc1496

            i’m sure that his daughter’s body would be smart enough to reject the rapist’s sperm! Don’t you remember- women don’t get pregnant during real rapes;)

        • pangamut

          I agree with everything you said.
          And isn’t if funny that republicans want smaller government but want it just big enough to tell women what to do with their bodies, who you can and can’t marry or have sex with, what kind of sex is permissible, etc, etc, ad nauseum.
          Whatever happened to live and let live in this country? Instead of embracing our diversity repugs are trying to cram their narrow minded points of view down everyone’s throat.
          I guess that’s what happens when your only base are the TP and religious zealots.

      • disqus_il6KG9d3VM

        Yep! Even the innocent ones. Pro life, eh.

      • disqus_il6KG9d3VM

        What does rick Perry say when he finds out that one of his executed prisoners was innocent? “Ooops”

        • tax payer

          Tough Luck!

    • disqus_il6KG9d3VM

      You are right Doug. The right wing religious zealots would step over a poor child on the street. They will take away their food stamps. But they will put their ‘Big Government’ church right into a woman’s womb. They will fight against a women’s right too choose, a constitutional right for a needed abortion Those men think they can continue to keep their heavy foot on the neck the ‘Submissive women’ in America. Yes, this is still America, not Saudi Arabia. They have their own religious radical leaders in the mid-east…no different than our radicals. Our Founding Fathers knew what they were doing when they made it a point to put a wall of separation between church and state.

  • dtgraham

    I can verify that statement “is being hailed as a hero” where I live. This story has hit the airwaves and papers in Canada, which is unusual for local Texas politics. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported that this story is starting to go viral around the world. I haven’t checked online but I’ll take their word for it. If it has, it’s highly likely that she has received the same type of positive and sympathetic coverage elsewhere that she has in Canada. Man, that was one awesome display of raw democracy in action. First time I’ve seen ordinary citizens doing the filibustering.

    Yes Rick, “your actions Tuesday were a disgrace” but few are assigning that to Wendy Davis. You can start with your own party attempting to retroactively turn back the clock…literally in this case.

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      Can I Please, Please, even with Sugar on Top, Move To Canada?

      • dtgraham

        If they had any sense they’d bribe you to come up. I’ve read your posts, and the problem with Canada is, it doesn’t have enough Michael Kollmorgens.

  • labman57

    And Perry wonders why the American people determined him to be an unworthy candidate for 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.

    • dtgraham

      Ain’t it the truth. I’m pretty confident that most of America is on her side labman. That was a remarkable night.

  • Sand_Cat

    As always, Ms Davis should accept this as one of the highest honors our country awards. Wish I could be personally insulted by Rick Perry.

    • dtgraham

      Can you imagine the heads exploding on Fixed News and talk radio if President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom? I’d pay money to see it.

      • disqus_il6KG9d3VM

        It would be interesting to see what comes out of their heads when they explode. It sure wouldn’t be brains from Fox liar channel talking heads. Maybe it would be many colored bubbles. Hate bubbles, mean bubbles, liar bubbles, garbage bubbles, cruel bubbles, stupid bubbles, etc.etc.

  • TadBad

    He simply and literally nauseates me, disgusting & disrespectful of ANY form of life.

  • Independent1

    The list below highlights just how dysmal a job Rick has done in Texas where the state ranks near the bottom (or worst) in virtually every category measureable. Rick has absolutely no leg to stand on in criticizing Wendy Davis as he’s proven himself to be an absolute failure as a governor. I know many of you are probably tired of seeing the list below – but it quite clearly shows just what the majority of red states will look like over time under GOP governance – and should be a clear example to us all as to why we need to fight the GOP making any further gains in our country.

    Texas is 49th in the country in tax revenues collected per capita and 50th in
    revenues spent.
    .It’s 44th in tax progressivity, which means it collects most of its taxes from working people and it comes in 50th in the percent of its population that have a HS diploma.
    .It ranks 46th in the overall SAT scores it’s students get on entrance exams; and 49th in what it pays its teachers.
    .It ranks dead last (50th) in having the most people without health insurance and also dead last in the number of children covered by insurance.
    .Its 49th in the support it provides to women & children in the WIC program, and it leads the nation in teenage births.
    .It ranks 6th in the nation in the number of people living in poverty and 50th with regard to the affordability of homeowners insurance.
    .Texas ranks 45th in the overall health of its population and 47th with respect to mental health.
    .The quality of the highways in Texas is ranked 42nd and its parks and recreation
    facilities are ranked 48th and environmental protection 46th
    . Police protection is ranked 49th and government administration 50th.
    .Texas comes in 3rd in the nation in the number of public officials that are
    convicted for a crime; while being dead last in the percent of voters who turn
    out for elections.
    .It’s 46th in the hourly earnings of its workers and 48th in the payout of worker’s comp benefits.
    .And Texas ranks as having the most polluted environment in the nation due to all the oil spills and oil refineries and coal fired plants spewing toxic smoke.

    By what other measure does Texas have to turn up close to last before people realize that by moving there they’re simply moving to what is really the cesspool of the nation.

    • charleo1

      I would just add to your excellent, information packed comment. That the
      pitiful conditions in TX. are just as pitiful in other States, where the GOP
      has unstoppable majorities. They serve as examples of what you get,
      when the purity the T-Party is always striving to achieve, becomes a
      reality.

    • Lorr

      They do not have to worry about the quality of highways, they are going to go strap on their six shooter and go out and jump on their horse and go to work, school, shopping, movies and church.

    • Irishgrammy

      I appreciate the statistics, Independent1! I knew of some of them, but one of the most important statistic that directly refers to this story is Texas has the 3rd highest teen pregnancy rate in the country and that Perry’s policy of Abstinence being taught in schools clearly IS NOT working, Perry’s response to a reporter when questioned about the Abstinence program clearly NOT working, was an around the barn non answer, that “Abstinence does work and is working”, the reporter repeated the statistics and Mr. Hair said “it is working” and then some Bible thumping nonsense…….it was pure political BS and the usual non-answer to a serious problem. When women start dying from illegal abortions because it will be too difficult to obtain a safe one from these outrageous laws the far right wing nut Bible thumpers legislatures are forcing on Texan women, Perry will have a absurd response to that too.

  • Back in 1963 I was stationed in Ft. Hood. Texas and after seeing how the State Police all acted as though they were Gary Cooper at High Noon, and watching the Primatives staring for hours at guns in hock shops, I came to the conclusion that if the United States ever needed an enema. they should shove the hose in Texas. As for their govenor, why waste your time and breath on a NOTHING.

    • TZToronto

      Oh, he’ll be on the list of 2016 presidential wannabes. That;s why we need to listen to him. If, by some quirk, he were to win the 2016 Republican nomination, the Democrats have to be ready to use his words against him. That doesn’t mean we have to accept his idiocies, only that we have to write them down for later use.

      • disqus_il6KG9d3VM

        A dream come true would be if Rick decided to get on the stage again. Oops! Another landslide for the Progressive party and another loss for the regressive party.

  • Lorr

    “Perry also condemned Davis’ filibuster as “hijacking of the Democratic process,” Someone should tell McConnell, Paul, Cruz and the rest of the Senate Republicans every time they filibuster (and that has been many) they are “hijacking the Democratic process” Seems Rick Perry is turning on his boys in DC.

    • JDavidS

      No, my friend. Although you’re comment is absolutely correct and certainly makes sense to the sane people, you’ve got to think like a RepubliCON…”When they do it…wrong. When we do it…right. God is on our side, the founding fathers are on our side, the constitution is on our side, the Bible says we’re right…blah, blah, blah…”
      A word to the RepubliCONS…It’s hard to see the light of day when your head is so far up your ass.

      • MasterWes

        Not that hard – they open their mouths so the light of day filters down their throats to illuminate their eyes as they are stuck far up the rectal canal… all a part of their God’s plan… and almost as credible, too.

  • JDavidS

    Perry will never need Preparation H… He’s a perfect asshole.

  • charleo1

    Perry, and his cabal of narrow minded, ideologues and authoritarian zealots.
    Create the kind of government that is always the case, when religious fanatics
    are allowed to insert into their own particular brand of extremism. Then use
    that dogma as a guiding force when making public policy. Examples abound
    in the Mid East, where religiosity, is often used to tightly control the population.
    So, it need not be Islam. Christianity works just as well. They’ve just been at it
    over in the Mid East longer. But, make no mistake, even as there are, “minders,”
    men who work for the State, and Mosque, which are now the same. Patrol the
    streets, and publicly flogging the women they determine have run afoul of one
    or more, of the many restrictions, the fundamentalists place on women. Could
    never happen here? Don’t be so sure. What those like Governor Perry, are
    proposing to do, is essentially suspend the Civil Rights of the woman, once the
    State is notified she is carrying a fetus. Think about that for a moment. Now, I’m
    not going to pretend I am informing anyone, of anything they didn’t already
    know. But, I think it’s helpful in the ever present back, and forth, the subject of
    keeping abortion legal, or outlawing it in all but a very few instances. To stop,
    and maybe ask those for whom abortion is the only factor. What they believe
    a government so fully involved in one’s personal life would look like.

  • Dominick Vila

    We should all send Gov. Perry a Thank You card. Considering the financial challenges and the effects of gerrymandering the results of the upcoming midterm election are up in the air, regardless of what James Carville says about it. We need more people like Gov. Perry expressing the kind of medieval opinions that are in the hearts of most Republicans. They should be applauded and encouraged to continue to express their opinions as loudly and as frequently as possible. With the Goebellian disinformation machine in high gear, we are going to need all the help we can get in 2012.

    • charleo1

      Exactly! Here’s the rope. Please, take all of it you need!

  • howa4x

    What do you expect from a person that has “Nigger Rock” at the entrance to his ranch

    • Landsende

      And yet Paula Deen is being pilloried and vilified for using the n***** word 30 years ago. No one is outraged and calling for Perry’s resignation for having a N***** Rock at the entrance to his ranch. Seems there’s a double standard for women.

      • howa4x

        It’s just that Rick Perry was running in a republican primary where racism is in the background and Paula Deen was in mainstream media where that language is not tolerated

  • jmprint

    Asshole Perry, dictator of our state of Texas, wants to impose on Texas women his biased religious beliefs, based on his boring life experiences. IMPEACH, IMPEACH, IS what my heart is screaming loudly. His is the BIGGEST HYPOCRITE I know in the whole world. Trying to play GOD, him and his republican cronies. It’s not about the fetus, it’s about their agenda period. Look and how hard they are working in other states to pull the same stunts. They remind me of the soldiers in Michael Jackson video “duplicated”.
    I have never hated anyone in my life, but Lord knows, it’s getting close.

    1). Control women
    2). Control voting
    3). Control our retirement
    4). Control our wages
    5). The hell with our economy
    6). The hell with what women want
    7). The hell with our health
    8). The hell with our voting rights

    • Russell Byrd

      You forgot to say AMEN. 🙂

  • Brent

    And just like a ‘Teen Mom’, we all know what to do when the ‘Diaper’ starts to smell, because it’s full of s*** ~ we change it!!

    First he’s pro-birth for everyone (no excuses), then he derides someone for making the ‘choice’ he espouses ~ What’s it gonna be Governor, for or against?!?

  • Jim Myers

    Governor Perry is the perfect example of why we NEED to keep abortion available.

    Although I personally feel sorry for women who are in a situation where abortion is the least of two evils.

    However, I do respect the RIGHT of women to make that choice by themselves, not by “Old White Guys.”

    • jmprint

      Spoken like a true man, thank you.

      • Jim Myers

        Thanks. Your comment is appreciated.

        Jim

  • jmprint

    I mIss Lana.

    • Mike Maricle

      Did she get the boot? Or is she back on her Meds?

      • lana ward

        I’ve been on sites where people have common sense, you people of death are depressing

    • lana ward

      Thanks, but I don’t miss you . I don’t like baby murderers

      • jmprint

        I don’t like baby murderers either, that’s why we need gun control.

        • lana ward

          You love baby murderers. You believe in abortion. Gun control won’t stop criminals, it will make the rest of us defenseless

        • lana ward

          A new WH study found that guns save lives

  • doumor_99

    Maybe Women should sue the Great State of TX and name Rick Perry in the lawsuit. Now that would be worth opening your checkbook to see the Sovereign Nation of TX defending its actions in front of the Supreme Court and Perry having Verbal Diarrhea fall from his lips.

  • Little Wing

    I’m pro choice but this is ridiculous. What he said was not an attack, he was kind. He said she came from hard circumstances and did wonderfully despite her challenges. JFC talk about making something of nothing. All I got from this article is his opponents lying about him attacking her. Looks bad for you not him. DESPERATE much?

    • Russell Byrd

      And to think Perry is going to “honor’ Davis by doing the whole sick thing over this week.

  • Landsende

    Wendy Davis, please run for governor against the poor excuse governor Texas has now. You would have no trouble raising funds since women and men all over the country would donate just to see this POS governor defeated by someone with character.

    • tax payer

      Perry has already announced he’s not running for re-election, so where have you been today?

  • progressiveandproud

    This “man” is a disgrace to the human race. What is his wife like? Is she a total moron as well?

  • DurdyDawg

    Why the state of Texas keeps voting for this bug fucker is a mystery to me.