Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this Friday, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis slammed GOP governor Rick Perry for his personal attacks in the wake of her filibuster of a radical Texas abortion bill.
“I think it demeans the office he holds,” Davis said.
The Texas Democrat made national news when she initiated a day-long filibuster that blocked the abortion bill passed by GOP lawmakers. In retaliation, Perry called for a special session to ensure a vote on the measure, and subsequently used Davis’ past as a single teenage mother to attack her pro-choice ideology.
“Even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances,” Perry said during a speech at the National Right to Life Conference this Thursday. “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, and that every life matters.”
“Clearly, Governor Perry has been using this issue as one to serve his own purpose,” Davis said, addressing Perry’s comments. “He revealed that to an even greater extent yesterday.”
“If you combine the limitations on the number of facilities and very purposefully constrain the number of doctors who would be capable of performing these services for women, you’ve created an environment in Texas where you’ve put women’s health at risk,” she added. “Women’s health, if this bill were to go into law, truly is put into risk.”
Watch Senator Wendy Davis on MSNBC’s Morning Joe in the video below.