Because every child needs a really smart driven parent.

One will do, as Ms. Davis proves (so long as her Village is populated by brainiacs).

Typical sanctimonious, privileged, clueless bullshit.
Dick of the Decade, that's Rick Perry. Please, may he stay in Texas where he belongs and not try again to stand on any national stage.

Wendy Davis, on the other hand, needs to think about running for the United States Congress. It needs more sane voices.
Hmmmm, so those executions are an example of this potential being realized? Cool, I like that.. And shooting hookers, that is a potential realizer too. Hell yeah, Don't mess with this Texas sized mess....
It's too bad Rick Perry hasn't learned from his own experience that having the state executing people is fundamentally wrong. Or that courting ignorant emotionalism in the service of politics lowers the political discourse catastrophically. Or that being a privileged prick leads to putting your own cock in your mouth when you speak.
So having a child as a teen proves she didn't ever in her whole life have an abortion, or appreciate having the option of having one, or wish she had had the option? Logic fail.
Perry will never ever ever understand what he said that's offensive here. He gets too much positive reinforcement from inside his bubble. He'll call another special session, the law will pass, the filibuster will be for naught, and abortion rights will be limited incrementally yet again. It will happen.

Watch this:…

That's what kind of asshole he is. And will continue to be for the foreseeable future.
@3 - Well, so do the state legislatures, as Texas teaches us again and again. Anywhere she can make herself heard (for 11-13 hours at a time, if necessary) is good for the world.
The more these idiots flap their gums, the more respect I have for Wendy Davis.
Rick Perry needs to learn three things from his experience. Or is it two things...?
"I'm all for life 'til the bastard's born, after that, he's on his own. And if he does crime, tryin' to survive, I'll make damn sure he gets electrified!" -Mudhoney, from "F.D.K."
Despite this, millions of Texas women will happily vote for Perry's re-election.
what a putz he is
"Who are we to say that children born into the worst of circumstances can’t grow to live successful lives?"

Right, because to Rick Perry and his ilk, the only thing that matters is whether or not the unborn child could have had a successful life. There couldn't possibly be any other factors that might merit some consideration, could there? The woman herself? She's not even a factor in the equation. Her life, her dreams and goals, her health? Why should anyone care about any of that? As far as these wingnut asshats are concerned, it's not like the woman in question is an actual human being with rights or anything. To them, she's just an incubator with no right to any purpose in life other than shooting out babies.

You know what else galls me about this statement - where was the father of her child? Was he paying child support? Was he there, emotionally and physically, for his child, after his relationship with the mother ended?

Lawmakers, male law-makers in particular, you want to talk to me about my reproductive rights? First tend to your own! Make damn sure women are not put in the position of being struggling young, single mothers if you want a dog in this fight!

As a white man, I'm beginning to think it was a mistake to let white men vote, run for office, and publicly express their opinions.
Thank you, @16. That was exactly what I was thinking when ThinkProgress tweeted this out, earlier. It's all about success or failure, and it's all about the fetus.
@18: Perhaps we should replace literacy tests to be able to vote with empathy tests to be able to govern.
Maybe her experience showed her that having an abortion allowed her to raise her current children well and finish her degree at Harvard.

Maybe not of course, but that self righteous prick doesn't have a fucking clue what her experience has actually been so maybe he should shut the fuck up.
Texas grows some of the biggest asshole men and some of the bravest women. Hmmm...wonder if there's a correlation?
The hypocrisy of being so unwaveringly pro-"life" as Texas executes the 500th prisoner since the death penalty was reinstated is tough to fathom.
"They are small words that reflect a dark and negative point of view," Davis told the Associated Press Thursday. "Our governor should reflect our Texas values. Sadly, Gov. Perry fails that test."

She also added that his comment was "without dignity and tarnishes the high office he holds."…
@3 Are you kidding?!? I dream of Rickie P. running again for POTUS. That guy was a laff riot.
Rick Perry may not have a vagina, but he is certainly a cunt - or doesn't that count?
As I posted on Facebook, there are some people who I would like nothing better than to wrap my dainty hands around their necks until I hear their hyoid bone go delicately *crack*.
Rick Perry is on that list.
So because Davis chose to have a child she has no say on reproductive rights and legal access to abortions? Idiot.
creepy. assed. cracker.
Let's play a game. Try to guess which quote is from Adolf Hitler, and which quote is from Margaret Sanger, founder of the organization that would become the "non-profit" with over a billion dollars in assets but still receives government funding, Planned Parenthood. Ready? Go!

A: "The stronger must dominate and not blend with the weaker, thus sacrificing his own greatness. Only the born weakling can view this as cruel."

B: "Eugenic sterilization is an urgent need … We must prevent multiplication of this bad stock."

(A: Aldolf Hitler - Mein Kampf 1926, B: Margaret Sanger - April 1933 Birth Control Review).

But the past is past and Planned Parenthood has long since reformed from its eugenical roots to become a totally above board organization, right?…
Wow! Only 32 comments until this one Godwin'd

@6, 9, 31: YES, WE KNOW ABOUT THAT. Trayvon Martin referred to George Zimmerman as a "cracker". He also referred to him as a "nigga", so calm your tits.
I'm just shocked Spindles bothered to register.

My husband was still recovering from being a conservative Reaganite when we started dating. I expressed my unequivocal support for women's reproductive freedom. He told me that exact same thing about Margaret Sanger -- I think he got it from some CCF bulletin he used to read.

My response then is my response now: so what?

To go a bit further, many women's suffragists were also temperance crusaders -- the fact that I'm against prohibition myself doesn't mean I'm giving up the vote.

by "reproductive freedom" you mean,

of course,

the right to slaughter your baby on a whim?

"reproduce" may not mean what you imagine it does.

of course, Adam Lanza called his AK-47 "reproductive freedom" so you may be on to something...

What irritates me about this comment is something I have not seen mentioned by any pundits. It's this: "She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School ..."

Because, you know, young single mothers are just SO stupid and lazy, so it's a fucking miracle that she managed to be smart enough to want an education and to actually achieve it. Why am I the only person noticing this horribly condescending remark?
@38: Probably because of its placement in the middle of a veritable downpour of insufferable sexist condescension. With regards to the bald-faced hypocrisy others have mentioned, I'll point out that no one has mentioned the profound irony of a Republican attempting to denounce obstructionism.

A Brief Rhetorical Exercise

Since Lincoln (a Republican) ended slavery, the present-day black community has, does, and will continue to pledge its undying fealty to the Republican Party.

If this statement is true, one should find ample statistical evidence of a total or near-total GOP-African American alliance, both historically and currently, with projections of same well into the future. Otherwise, find the false premise.
Haskell County, Texas, is a small, dry, wind-blown little place where Rick Perry grew up and spent time on the family estate, "Niggerhead". Over the years Rick has run for statewide offices seven times. Once, when he was unopposed, Haskell County voted for him. The other six times they have voted against him.
Margaret Sanger believed in eugenics back when a lot of people believed in eugenics, before they really saw the horrors it could perpetrate. It's a lot like how communism was extraordinarily popular before we got a good look at the Soviet Union and the PRC.
When Rick Perry grows a uterus, then he can have a say.

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