Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said Thursday it was "unfortunate" state Sen. Wendy Davis didn't learn "every life must be given a chance" from her own background as a teenage mother.
Perry criticized Davis for preventing the passage of a Texas measure that would ban abortions in the state after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Davis, a Democrat, held up the vote with a 13-hour filibuster that won national attention.
“In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances,” he continued. “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.”
Davis shot back in a statement, calling Perry’s comments “without dignity,” according to ABC News affiliate WFAA in Dallas.
“Rick Perry's statement is without dignity and tarnishes the high office he holds," she said. "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."
Perry on Thursday called the legislature back for another 30-day special session in which the law is expected to pass.
Davis on Wednesday said she would consider running for governor. She gained tens of thousands of Twitter followers during the filibuster, as well as support over Twitter from President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and others.