Wendy Davis Fights Back Against Rick Perry’s Demeaning Comments

wendydavis-on-cnnIf you haven’t heard by now, Texas Governor Rick Perry directed some deplorable comments at Texas state Senator Wendy Davis and her successful filibuster of SB5, otherwise known as the anti-abortion bill that would close all but 5 abortion clinics in the entire state.

Well, Wendy Davis decided to fight back—but with much more class than the current Texas governor.

In an interview with Wolf Blitzer, Senator Davis took the high ground with her response about Perry’s comments—though she still made it very clear what she, and millions of other Texans, think of Rick Perry’s behavior:

“I didn’t have an angry response to it on behalf of myself.  I think it just demonstrated the typical attitude that Governor Perry has expressed toward the issue.  He’s demeaned the high office that he holds by saying things like that.”

Watch the video here, courtesy of CNN:

I loved her response.  It was an eloquent jab at the current governor showing that while she wouldn’t stoop to his level, she obviously feels, just like many others, that his actions and comments are a near constant embarrassment to the state of Texas.

And Perry is determined to embarrass Texas further by calling for a second special session beginning Monday to address this anti-abortion bill once again.

While Republicans are focused on doing all they can to restrict the Constitutional rights of women, Davis made the statement that most Republicans seem to ignore in their blind push to pass these strict anti-abortion laws.

Davis pointed out that, “No one likes the idea of an abortion that’s that late.  But sometimes, women find out unfortunately later in their pregnancies that they’re facing some very serious issues, either for their own health or because there are health issues for her pregnancy.”

While anti-abortion individuals will toss out the disgusting attack of “baby killer” at the drop of a hat, I’m pretty sure many of them haven’t been faced with the decision to have an abortion or face possible death themselves if they were to carry the baby full-term.

Under this new bill, after 20 weeks all abortions would be banned.  Meaning almost all external circumstances wouldn’t matter in determining whether or not a woman would be allowed to abort a fetus.

What the bill also does is set up requirements that clinics which perform abortions would have to meet.  These requirements are so strict and over the top that most experts believe they would close down all but 5 clinics in Texas.  Meaning millions of Texas women would lose access to clinics that provide other health care services.

Senator Davis also turned the tables on Republicans by using some of their very own talking points, saying she wishes to “keep government out of the sanctity of personal decision making.”

It’s amazing how often the “small government Republican Party” advocates bigger government when they want that government to benefit their ideologies.

Something that’s always driven me crazy is when “pro-life” advocates call those who support a woman’s right to choose “pro-abortion”—which isn’t even remotely true.

I don’t think I’ve ever met an individual who likes abortion.  But what most pro-choice advocates support is for a woman to choose for herself what to do with her own body.

The debate isn’t about whether or not someone likes abortions—I’d assume the vast majority of Americans don’t.  The debate resides in the Constitutional right given to women to choose what to do with their own body.

A Constitutional right Republicans have constantly tried to attack.

I’m just glad in Texas we have courageous Democrats like Senator Wendy Davis who aren’t afraid to take on the attack against women’s rights being waged by Rick Perry and Texas Republicans.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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