Rick Perry was right about Wendy Davis

When I first heard the headlines and news leads teasing that Texas Gov. Rick Perry had said something “shocking” about State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democrat-abortion coalition’s newest fake hero, I felt a mix of anticipation and dread.

Had a pro-life politician finally taken my advice and delivered a blistering rebuke of the despicable heartlessness it takes to roadblock democracy on behalf of the power to murder living, developed babies who can think, feel, breathe, and kick, and who have heartbeats? Or had Perry developed an Akin-level case of Foot in Mouth Syndrome?

Then I heard for myself the offending passage from Perry’s Thursday speech to the National Right to Life Convention:

Yes, many children are born into difficult circumstances, but there is no such thing as an unwanted child, because no life is trivial in God’s eyes. Who are we to say that children born into the worst of circumstances can’t grow to live successful lives?

In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances, the daughter of a single mother and 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: that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential; that every life is precious.

All I could think was, This is it? They’re freaking out over this?

Yet freak out the baby execution crowd did. Davis herself shot back:

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, Gov. Perry fails that test.

The press is incensed. The Huffington Post characterized Perry as being unable to “resist taking a jab at her for having been a teenage mother,” and reports that Planned Parenthood Action president Cecile Richards sneered that his “remarks are incredibly condescending and insulting to women.” Elizabeth Plank, a social justice editor (of course) for PolicyMic, declared that readers “won’t believe” the “petty, insidious and utterly disgraceful” Perry leveled, which allegedly attempted to “shame the Senator for being a teenage mom.” A genius at the ironically named Crooks and Liars blog characterized it as “slam[ming] Wendy Davis for being alive.” Our old pal Erin Gloria Ryan of Jezebel fame reacted in the most mentally strenuous way Jezebel personnel are capable of: by swearing a lot. Even the speaker of the Texas House, Joe Straus, criticized Perry for “cross[ing] the line into the personal” (Straus is a Republican, but not pro-life).

Oh, grow up.

Perry has nothing to apologize for. He said nothing that could be reasonably construed as denigrating the marital status or the parenting of Davis or her mother. He just mentioned them, stated the obvious about the challenges they entail, and pointed out that they didn’t spell doom for Davis’s or her daughter’s ability to lead a successful, fulfilling life. The dreaded judging of out-of-wedlock pregnancy Perry’s critics are pretending to be disgusted by simply isn’t there.

Pro-aborts drone on about out-of-wedlock birth all the time, which is apparently okay only when you’re using it as an excuse to let someone kill their son or daughter. The “logic” seems to be that the mere act of mentioning it while Republican must be inherently malicious, sending subliminal messages to one’s base of ravenous theocrats. It’s like a feminazi version of the Democrats’ infamous Willie Horton smear campaign from the 1988 presidential election.

If that’s really your standard, then by your logic, nobody on the right should ever make any attempt to communicate with the left, because the latter will always assume bad faith and there’s no way for the former to get them to admit otherwise. Conservatives are damned if we do, silenced if we don’t.

According to abortionism, mothers who don’t want their children can reasonably assume that those children’s lives won’t be worth living, and therefore deprive them of their lives and their future – children such as Davis and her daughter, who prove that assumption indefensible. Pro-aborts have to drown out Perry with feigned hysteria over a fabricated slight because they can’t afford to let people think about his point long enough to realize its truth.

  • Andrew Orlovsky

    Great article Cal. Its awesome to see men who are so passionate and unashamed about being part of the pro-life movement.

  • Guest

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it was better back when that “phr33 birth control pl0x” lady was the darling of the pro-choice left.

    Her name escapes me…

  • rocco

    Just read the whole bill so you can see what she was protecting, instead of just reading what you want to hear. This bill is not just about abortion and you would know this had you read the whole bill. Also if you are such pro lifers then why arent you speaking against capital punishment, or feeding and educating the starving and uneducated children of texas.

    • Andrew Orlovsky

      Starving Children of Texas? I thought obesity was the number one health problem among poor southerners. And the best way to ensure children are better educated is by ensuring they have fathers who will push them to succeed academically, teachers can only do so much. Legalized abortion simply discourages men from taking responsibility for the consequences of their sexual exploits. Just look at illegitimacy rates before and after Roe v. Wade, especially among African-Americans.

    • Calvin Freiburger

      1.) You do know how writing works, right? Even if I had missed something crucial about the bill’s purpose — which I didn’t — the merits of SB5 aren’t the subject of this piece. The controversy over Perry’s remarks is. Who’s “just reading what you want to hear” now?

      2.) Because demanding that all pro-lifers must be against capital punishment is like demanding that everyone who’s for free speech must oppose libel laws. Here’s some remedial reading on the subject to tune up your assumptions: http://liveactionnews.org/abortion-and-capital-punishment-a-modest-proposal/

      3.) See Andrew’s response to this nonsense. Also refer back to my first point about how writing works. Do you generally go into random articles about a specific subject and whine about how it doesn’t address a different subject, or is it just a cheap excuse to take potshots at causes you hate but can’t develop a better argument against?

    • Basset_Hound

      Kimberly McCarthy was a college educated occupational therapist who became a crack addict. She developed an Interesting Hobby to fund her addiction. She knocked on her elderly neighbor’s door, supposedly to “borrow a cup of sugar”. When neighbor Dorothy Booth opened her door to comply with what she thought was a friendly request, she got a very nasty suprise! Ms. McCarthy proceeded to beat the 71 year old retired professor with a candelabra and stab her with a butcher knife. While Ms. Booth was still alive, McCarthy cut off her finger to obtain an expensive wedding ring, which she tried to hock a short time later (presumably she got rid of the finger before she took it to the pawn shop). DNA evidence also linked her to two other murders (both victims elderly women who were both as brutally dispached as was Ms. Booth).

      The day you post a link to a story where an infant or a toddler concocts a plan to cause the death of another person and successfully carries it out, will be the day I change my mind about supporting capital punishment.

    • LCM

      Okay, I did just read the bill. To summarize, it says: 1. unborn children shouldn’t be aborted after 20 weeks fertilization because they are developed enough to feel pain (UNLESS there is a great risk to the mother in continuing the pregnancy, in which case an abortion may be performed provided they try to save both mother and child). 2. People who give out drugs that can induce abortions should be licensed physicians. 3. Said licensed physicians must be able to have hospital admitting privileges, be within 30 miles of a hospital, and give the patient contact information and 24-hour services in the event of complications from whatever abortion procedure obtained. 4. Each abortion facility should be held up to the same standards as every other surgical facility.

      Basically, doctors should actually be doctors, those doctor’s should have the same health codes as every other doctor, women obtaining an abortion should have emergency treatment if something goes wrong, and a child who is developed enough to be able to feel forceps ripping him apart limb from limb should not, in fact, be ripped apart limb from limb. Did I miss anything?

      Also, um, how do you know there are no pro-lifers who are NOT against capital punishment, are NOT trying to educate children, and are NOT doing something about starvation? There are about 26 million people in Texas. I find it very hard to believe that not a single pro-life person there does charity work or is against the death penalty.

  • Rebekah

    I find it ironic that if Wendy Davis had talked about the difficulties in her life and her current accomplishments, she would have been hailed as a hero by the feminist movement, but that the governor can say the exact same things in order to point out that all life is worthwhile and get criticized for it.

    • JDC

      Yeah it’s crazy. I guess pro-lifers are just supposed to ignore our opponents, as anything we say about them is deemed offensive, even if it’s complimentary.

      • Basset_Hound

        We ARE just supposed to ignore our opponents, because we are just supposed to sit on our handsies, go away quietly, and accept the fact that they are Enlightened, Superior and destined to kick us to the curb the next election. If we say anything about their Heroines, be it Sandra Fluke, be it Anita Hill, be it Hillary or be it Wendy Davis, to point out the absurdity of her positions, we will automatically be chastised for “hating women” or for being “out of touch”. The Civility Police will click their tongues and Facebook posters will rage about how “full of hate” we are. The RINO Establishment will also have conniptions, and we will be told that we need to “soften our tone, lower our voices and reach out” by rolling over in the defense of our causes to embrace theirs. In the meantime, they can portray conservative women as being stupid as boxes of rocks, deserving of contempt. Not only that but if a conservative woman has a disabled child, the child becomes rhetorical cannon fodder as well.

        • JDC

          Well said.

  • Rebekah

    I just read through the governor’s speech in full. He makes me almost want to move to Texas. Imagine, a politician that expresses sorrow over the number of children aborted each year, who says that the perfect world is one without abortion, and says he intends to continue this fight until Roe vs. Wade is “nothing but a shameful footnote in our nation’s history books” Yes!

    If you want to be inspired, I encourage you to read through the speech as well. Calvin provided a link to it in his article, but just for good measure, I’m adding the link here. http://governor.state.tx.us/news/speech/18706/

    • johno

      Just dont move to New York. Gov. Cuomo would LOVE to bring back partial-birth abortion. He wants New York to stay #1 when it comes to abortion.

  • Mambear

    He praised her ability to overcome difficulties. We have to do something about such horrible insulting pro-lifers! (sarcasm)

  • WorldGoneCrazy

    A compliment to a woman for overcoming her adverse childhood circumstances is now deemed “without dignity” by the woman herself. “Evil [abortion] is good and good [a compliment] is evil.” Isaiah 5:20 I believe that she reacted so strongly because Perry so brilliantly caught her in her unmitigated hypocrisy.