The debate over abortion bills is moving beyond the Capitol walls, after remarks from Gov. Rick Perry veered into personal details about Sen. Wendy Davis’ life.

Speaking at the National Right to Life convention in Dallas, Perry talked about Davis’s Tuesday-night filibuster, which killed a package of abortion restrictions he’d been pushing for.

He referred to that night as the “hijacking of the democratic process,” then talked about Senator Davis herself.

“In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances,” Perry said. “The daughter of a single mother, she was 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.”

Senator Davis is pushing back against the governor’s comments. She released a brief statement in response:


“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.”