“In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. 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.”
– That’s Texas Governor Rick Perry, speaking at the National Right to Life Convention about state Senator Wendy Davis, who successfully filibustered Senate Bill 5 earlier this week, which would have greatly limited Texas women’s access to abortion. I guess it’s not enough to respond to a fair and square defeat by calling a bullshit special session to vote on the bill on July 1. The crux of his ridiculous argument is that Senator Davis should be pro-life because A) she was not aborted by her single mother, and B) she didn’t have an abortion when she got pregnant at 19. Like, hey Wendy, your mom didn’t abort you — not that she could have because Roe V. Wade didn’t pass until a decade later — so therefore you should join us in making it next-to impossible for any other woman to have an abortion ever! I mean, you even went to Harvard! (Mind you that Ivy League education does not mean that you should be trusted to make decisions about your own body.) How many potential Harvard grads are being aborted every day? The tragedy. For fuck’s sake.
So, yeah, putting aside the fact that Davis’ mom couldn’t have legally aborted her in 1963 anyway, the “you could have been an abortion!” argument is so gross and pointless. I mean, Hitler “could” have been aborted, but he wasn’t and we see where his “full potential” ended up. As for Davis’ choice to have her baby at age 19? It was just that – her choice. The very essence of legal abortion is giving every woman the option to choose. That Davis is so dedicated to protecting that right — rather than forcing women to do as she did – is heroic.
And another thing. This quote from Perry perfectly illustrates how his support for bills like SB5 is not about “making abortion safer,” as claimed, but simply a stepping stone towards banning abortion in the state altogether. [The American Prospect]