Speaking to the National Right to Life Conference in Dallas today, Rick Perry went after Wendy Davis for coming to her own conclusion that women have the right to choose. Telling attendees that “she hasn't learned from her own example,” Perry put down the most popular woman in Texas while feigning praise for her.
That's right: Rick Perry thinks Wendy Davis failed to rationally develop her own views. Instead, he wants her to take his view because…he clearly knows best about the lessons of her experience. The patronization is dripping from Perry's comments in this latest insult to women. The core of the right to choose is that women should have control over their own lives, not have to abide by the misogynistic worldview of men like Rick Perry.
Perry said this:
In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of as single woman, she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate. 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.
Watch the video below the jump and read Senator Davis's response.
Update 12:06 p.m.:
State Senator Wendy Davis released the following response on Perry's remarks:
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.