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Perry: Wendy Davis Didn't Learn From Own Example
Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT
Texas Gov. Rick Perry took at jab at State Sen. Wendy Davis who Tuesday successfully filibustered to stop a bill to restrict abortion.
"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, Perry said today in a speech to the National Right to Life Convention. "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."
About an hour after the speech, Davis' office released this statement:
"Rick Perry's statement is without dignity and tarnishes the high office he holds. They are small words that reflect a dark and negative point of view.
Our governor should reflect our Texas values. Sadly, Gov. Perry fails that test."
Davis staged a one-woman filibuster for more than 11 hours -- and got help from hundreds of shrieking protesters -- to keep tough new proposed abortion restrictions from passing the Legislature.
But Perry has now given lawmakers an extra 30 days to try again in the GOP-dominated Legislature, starting Monday.
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(AP contributed to this report.)