The face off between Gov. Rick Perry and State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth) is getting personal, as Perry singled out Davis, although not mentioning her by name, as a reason why abortions should be restricted in Texas, 1200 WOAI news reports.
"Who are we to say that children born in the worst of circumstances can't lead successful lives?" Perry said as he delivered the keynote speech to the National Light to Life Coalition in Dallas today. "Even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She is the daughter of a single woman, she was a teenaged mother herself. It is unfortunate that she hasn't learned from her own example, that every life must be given a chance to realizes it's full potential, and that every life matters."
Perry's comments brought in immediate rebuke from Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa.
"Just, wow," Hinojosa said. "This personal attack on Senator Davis is outrageous and disgraces the office the Governor holds. But it is not out of character for Perry, who constantly shows just how little regard he has for Texas women."
Perry did not mention Davis' name in his remarks.
Perry was completely non apologetic for pushing for very strict abortion limits, and he was in his element at the Right to Life conference, repeatedly getting loud ovations.
"Some have tried to make this a partisan issue, this isn't a partisan issue," Perry thundered. "This is a civil rights issue! This is a human rights issue!"
Perry said the issue is not the rights of women, it is the right of a greedy abortion industry to make money off of women at the most vulnerable time of their lives.
"As a state, while we are under an obligation to protect the health and safety of people who live here, we are under no obligation to make things easier for the abortionist."