Perry's jab at filibuster star

Last updated 10:46 28/06/2013
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Senator Wendy Davis spoke for nearly 11 hours to halt a bill that would restrict abortion in Texas.

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LASHING OUT: Rick Perry has a go at Senator Davis for being a teen mother.

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Wendy Davis's marathon effort to stall a controversial abortion bill in Texas this week turned her into a hero for pro-choice activists around the world.  

The state senator spoke for nearly 11 hours to filibuster a proposed law that would have closed all but five of the Texas's abortion clinics and restricted abortion to 20 weeks in Texas.   

Republicans managed to shut down her filibuster by claiming she broke the rules by speaking off-topic. However, Senator Davis's Democrats colleagues were able to stall the vote.

Texas's Republican governor, Rick Perry, is not one to take defeat lying down. He launched a shocking personal attack on Senator Davis.

In a speech to the National Right to Life Convention, he said: "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 is just unfortunate that she hasn't learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realise its full potential and that every life matters."

Governor Perry also accused pro-choice activists of employing "mob tactics". He has called for another special session of the senate to reconsider the bill.
 
Senator Davis said that Governor 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."

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