Have you ever given a speech? Have you ever given a speech for 11 hours? Yeah, that’s what we thought! Unbelievable, right?
Well, it’s time to stand and applaud the incredible Texas state senator Wendy Davis for her heroic 11-hour filibuster that stopped a bill that would’ve closed all but five of the abortion clinics in Texas, due to the bill’s requirement for all abortion clinics to have ambulatory surgical center licenses. The Republican bill would also prevent abortions at 20 weeks or more, set restrictions on use of an abortion pill and give no exceptions for women who have psychological conditions or who become pregnant through rape or incest. But with all that, Texas Governor Rick Perry vowed to bring the bill back…but not before he took a swipe at Davis with her own past teenage pregnancy. Yeah…he went there.
She took to the floor on Tuesday in hot pink sneakers prepared for battle with such restrictions as: speak without a break, without straying from the topic, and without leaning on her desk. And just before time for the vote on Wednesday, she was removed by Republicans on a technicality stating that she went “off topic” more times than she was allowed. But her trailblazing efforts to kill the bill were successful and Perry, obviously could not stand it.
Now any day of the week, the streets require that Perry’s remarks get him punched in the mouth, but you just can’t swing on your colleague in government–although some have. But anyway, the Texas governor vowed to his public at the National Right to Life convention, Thursday, that Davis is indeed a hero, but she forgets why.
“Even the woman who filibustered the senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of a single woman. She was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate. It’s just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example…”
Wow! Really, Rick Perry?! Really? Well, he should’ve learned from the information he had on Davis that she is not the one he would want to try and match wits with. That’s like Danny Devito challenging Usain Bolt to a foot race. According to the UK’s Guardian, Davis responded saying:
“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, Governor Perry fails that test.”
Read more here and listen to Rick Perry’s speech below. He is calling a special session to convene Monday, July 1, to possibly re-introduce the bill.