DALLAS (AP) — A battle over proposed abortion restrictions in Texas has become a personal grudge match between Republican Gov. Rick Perry and a Democratic state senator whose one-woman filibuster gave her sudden national political stardom.
During a speech today to an anti-abortion group, Perry singled out state Sen. Wendy Davis -- who was born to a single woman and who became a teen mother herself.
Perry called it "unfortunate" that the Fort Worth Democrat -- in his words -- "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." In comments to reporters afterward, he went even further, saying that he was glad Davis' mother didn't chose to have an abortion.
Davis said Perry's statement was "without dignity" and that it tarnishes his office. In a statement, she said, "They are small words that reflect a dark and negative point of view."
Davis started working at 14 to help support a household of her single mother and three siblings. By 19, she was already married and divorced with a child of her own — but she eventually graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and won her Senate seat in an upset.
On Tuesday, Davis' marathon speech and raucous outbursts from abortion rights protesters in the state Senate kept lawmakers from approving sweeping restrictions on abortion.
Meanwhile, Perry said he is delaying an announcement on whether he will run for re-election until after the new special session ends.
He had said an announcement would come before July 1, but that was before he called a second special session to begin that day.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday following a speech to the anti-abortion convention, he said any announcement will have to wait until the Legislature finishes its work.
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