Perry addresses Davis at anti-abortion convention


While addressing the National Right to Live Convention on Thursday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry commented on Texas Senator Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, and her family relations.

Davis helped prevent abortion legislation from passing on Tuesday with an 11-hour filibuster. The legislation would have reduced the number of abortion clinics legally available in Texas from 42 to five.

Perry said even children born into the worst of circumstances could eventually lead successful lives and pointed to Davis as an example.

“In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances, the daughter of a single mother and a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas Senate,” Perry said in his speech, which was posted online.  “It's just unfortunate that she hasn't learned from her own example: That every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential, that every life is precious.”

The filibuster closed out the first special session, without passing items on abortion, transportation or juvenile sentencing. All three topics will be taken up during a second special session starting July 1.

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