GRAPEVINE (June 27, 2013)—Gov. Rick Perry’s remarks Thursday about state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, whose one-woman filibuster helped block a vote on new abortion restrictions in Texas, drew protests from Democrats.
"In fact even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day, was born into difficult circumstances,” Perry told the National Right to Life Convention Thursday in Grapevine,
“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's just unfortunate that she hasn't learned from her own example...that every life matters,” Perry said.
Davis, 50, who started working at 14 to support a household of her single mother with three siblings and who by 19 was already married and divorced with a child of her own, fired back, calling Perry’s words "small" and "without dignity."
Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued a statement in which he said, “This personal attack on Senator Davis is outrageous and disgraces the office the governor holds” and Lone Star Project Director Matt Angle said, “Governor Perry, you crossed the line. Will you apologize to Wendy Davis?”
Perry called lawmakers back for a second special session starting Monday to tackle the abortion measure, a transportation funding bill and a criminal justice bill setting a mandatory sentence for 17-year-old defendants convicted of capital murder.