New fauxtrage: Rick Perry insults Wendy Davis by celebrating her for not getting an abortion or something

posted at 7:21 pm on June 27, 2013 by Allahpundit

So incoherent is this fauxtrage that Jonathan Chait and Dave Weigel felt conscientiously obliged to defend Perry on it. I don’t think there’s any logic to the attacks per se; I think it’s a pure reflex reaction among Davis fans to paint her as a victim of a brutish pro-life conservative male pol, however hard they need to strain to make that happen. In victimhood lies Absolute Moral Authority, so let’s try to scrounge some up.

“No life is trivial in God’s eyes. The fact is — who are we to say that children born into the worst of circumstances can’t live successful lives?” Perry asked at the National Right to Life convention in Dallas.

“In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances,” he continued. “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.”

Perfectly straightforward: Wendy Davis herself proves that motherhood is no bar to becoming a successful prominent person. Too bad she hasn’t used her own experience to make that point. The bit about not learning from her own example hasn’t sat well with the left, though, because it’s “without dignity” and “condescending” and — whatever. The point here, to paraphrase Joe Biden’s famous line about Rudy Giuliani, is simply to string together a noun, a verb, and “war on women” and club Perry with it. They’re offended because it helps Davis and the cause of rallying support for abortion for them to be offended.

Weigel counters that Perry’s hurting his own cause here because obviously he’s not referring only to late-term abortions. He’s denouncing all of them, at whatever point of pregnancy, which is one of the core points made by Davis and company — that the regulations being pushed by Texas Republicans will end up forcing many clinics to close altogether, not just exclude women who are more than 20 weeks along. And poll after poll shows that, although Americans support banning late-term abortion, they also support keeping it legal for the first trimester. Won’t Perry face a backlash from the OK-early-but-not-OK-late abortion constituents? To which I say: Do Texans really not know that Perry and the GOP want to reduce abortion far earlier than the 20-week mark? Do they not know that far, far too many Democrats want to keep abortion legal up to the moment of birth, if not a bit beyond, even if they’re too cowardly to say so forthrightly? Even low-information voters, I think, know the basic contours of the party’s intentions.

Look at it this way: How much good has it done Obama to pretend that he wouldn’t ban all guns, or at least all semiautomatics, if he could? Background checks and assault-weapons bans aren’t going to do much to reduce shootings, by the White House’s own admission, but it’s a foot in the door towards their greater goal of limiting handgun sales more comprehensively. And gun-rights supporters know it, which is why they oppose even minor regulations bitterly. The fear of a slippery slope is justified because the logic of the opposition necessarily demands further regulations. The question for Texans is whether they’re willing to try an abortion regime in the state that might, at least in the short term, mean far fewer clinics generally. If they discover that they’re not willing, then Texas will turn a bit bluer, a bit faster, and the GOP will pay the price. Seems like they’re willing to make that gamble. But I don’t think the Perry snippet matters either way. Look no further than the fact that the abortion warriors who are fake-outraged about what he said about Davis are too busy sputtering about the condescension and the w-w-w-war on women to seize on Weigel’s point about Perry’s true intentions.


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she’ll appear with Sandra Fluke in 3…2….1…

ted c on June 27, 2013 at 7:23 PM

This is the same point made about Mr. Obama, and which, through her own tripping tongue, Chelse Clinton brought into brilliant focus:

A lot of people who are now on the warpath in favor of “safe, rare, legal” wouldn’t even exist if “safe, rare, legal” were present in their ancestors’ time.

They conveniently ignore that fact that they, as a person, would have been affected by abortion.

unclesmrgol on June 27, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Perry is saying that her life is a life of accomplishment and a life that was worth allowing to happen in the first place. He’s paying her a compliment.

Mark1971 on June 27, 2013 at 7:29 PM

The arrow that fly’s true raises the loudest yelp…

CPT. Charles on June 27, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Ok-early-but-not-ok-late is a false moderation. Just look at any of the myriad times someone has proposed a late-term ban, at the state OR federal level. The ok-earlies become ok-alwayses faster than you can say Kermit Gosnell.

The Schaef on June 27, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Where would liberals be without their sacrament of abortion and their ceaseless I’m-offended-therefor-I’m-a-victim whining?

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 7:35 PM

:) I just love him.

gophergirl on June 27, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Killers want to kill.

davidk on June 27, 2013 at 7:37 PM

The question for Texans is whether they’re willing to try an abortion regime in the state that might, at least in the short term, mean far fewer clinics generally. If they discover that they’re not willing, then Texas will turn a bit bluer, a bit faster, and the GOP will pay the price.

That’s hogwash, AP, otherwise known as wishful-thinking kool-aid being poured into your glass by the left. No way Texas will become a “bit bluer” (or maybe you meant less red) over this type of issue.

What’s far more risky to us here are the firms flooding in from the deep blue states, looking for a better business and tax environment and bringing a lot of their lib employees with them, not to mention the efforts to legalize the Undocumented Democrats from Mexico.

TXUS on June 27, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Perry is absolutely right.

I completed high school and my undergraduate degree before we got married (in fact, we scheduled the wedding for the fall following my December graduation). In 2006 I found out I was pregnant with our first child. Six months into the pregnancy, my husband lost his job (the perils of working in a call center) and my job didn’t even bring home enough in a paycheck to cover our rent.

In 2008, with an almost one-year-old, I went back to school to get my MA. In 2009, I had a second child and I had lost my job a month before his arrival. Despite that, I finished my MA and began working toward my teacher certification too. For the family, I put my education on hold in 2011 and we had a third child in 2013. I am returning to school with three kids under age 7 at home while working full time.

It’s not easy and it’s not always fun. There are lots of sleepless (or near sleepless) nights, long days, and — on top of it all — the domestic responsibilities that come with owning a house and raising a family.

However, I refuse to believe that the only way I can achieve career success is to kill my children. I was often a prime candidate for an abortion because we were broke during my first two pregnancies and didn’t know where the money to make next month’s rent was going to come from. I have always wanted to do more with my life (my grandmother never even went to high school). But feminists tell me it’s impossible for me to have a family and have a career.

Ok. Whatever.

The difference is those feminists who say they are just as strong and competent as men are, in reality, weak and extremely selfish. It’s not that they can’t have a job and a family, it’s that they don’t want to.

Which, in and of itself, is fine. Except if you don’t want kids, then you’d better darn well be sure you know how they’re created and how to prevent that if you engage in sexual activity. Don’t sacrifice your child on the altar of Moloch simply because you don’t feel like having to worry about dropping a little one off at daycare before you head to the office.

And before you say it’s not good for a kid to have a mom who works 60+ hours a week, for those that choose to work long hours 1) there’s always adoption and 2) daycare is better than being dismembered in utero.

englishqueen01 on June 27, 2013 at 7:48 PM

If someone can’t figure out how to get an abortion for 5 months, I have no sympathy for them. In a just society, their laziness cannot trump their baby’s right to live. (Almost 40% of babies born at 24 weeks survive, so I reject the ‘fetus’ label.)

LASue on June 27, 2013 at 7:51 PM

They conveniently ignore that fact that they, as a person, would have been affected by abortion.

unclesmrgol on June 27, 2013 at 7:28 PM

It’s odd, though of a piece with the Mathusian/Global Warming crowd’s view of humanity as problematic. Self-loathing is one thing, these people sound almost suicidal.

wolfsDad on June 27, 2013 at 7:52 PM

And if you can’t afford or want to to raise your baby, give them up for adoption. There are lots of parents waiting to love that baby.

LASue on June 27, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Perry is saying that her life is a life of accomplishment and a life that was worth allowing to happen in the first place. He’s paying her a compliment.

Mark1971 on June 27, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Perhaps the left’s outrage then is a tacit admission of shame.

Stoic Patriot on June 27, 2013 at 7:54 PM

The worst thing any Republican can do is try to spin this or explain it down in any way. Because not only is Perry absolutely RIGHT, it’s mild in comparison to what any Democrat pol says on any given day. This is nothing, and Republicans should treat it as such. The only time Liberals have us on our heels I’d when we blink. Let’s take a certain someone’s advice and “get in their face.”

Dongemaharu on June 27, 2013 at 8:00 PM

If you want to see a slanted article, whether viciously or stupidly, read this USA Today piece.

Drained Brain on June 27, 2013 at 8:01 PM

englishqueen01 on June 27, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Well said, and good for you EQ on what you did and are doing. I’d say that despite your work hours, your kids are going to be just fine.

TXUS on June 27, 2013 at 8:02 PM

And if you can’t afford or want to to raise your baby, give them up for adoption. There are lots of parents waiting to love that baby.

LASue on June 27, 2013 at 7:53 PM

But…but…that would ruin their girlish figures, they wouldn’t look good in a bikini any more, and the best-looking guys might no longer notice them! /

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Wendy Davis is like Fluke on steroids– the cult like drooling by leftist morons over her filibuster is embarrassing

Episodes like this make me realize we really are split into two Americas now– the irrational hate and cult like thinking from the Left is beyond reason now

thurman on June 27, 2013 at 8:04 PM

The question for Texans is whether they’re willing to try an abortion regime in the state that might, at least in the short term, mean far fewer clinics generally.

If most abortions are done before 20 weeks of gestation, how would that result in “far fewer clinics generally”? If Texas does vote to ban abortions after 20 weeks, and assuming a woman needs 2 or 3 weeks to find out she is pregnant, that still leaves about 4 MONTHS for her to find a clinic and have an abortion performed, if she so desires. If such a law were on the books, abortion clinics in Texas would probably be pressuring women considering an abortion into having it done as soon as possible.

All abortions result in the death of the baby, but from the point of view of the woman’s health, early abortions (before the formation of the placenta) result in less damage to the woman’s womb than late-term abortions. Forcing women to have abortions earlier (if they want them) would actually improve the overall health of the women undergoing them.

Steve Z on June 27, 2013 at 8:05 PM

If you want to see a slanted article, whether viciously or stupidly, read this USA Today piece.

Drained Brain on June 27, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Yep, and they even toss in that the bill would “effectively close most clinics in the state” for good measure. The media isn’t even bothering anymore to maintain any pretense of objectivity.

changer1701 on June 27, 2013 at 8:10 PM

@GovernorPerry thought “what is the world coming to?!” when the news of the failure of SB5 reached him at N*GG*RHEAD RANCH [Edited]

http://www.breitbart.com/mediaserver/DF341FDA581A42E6B4C2F7860AAC2021.jpg?h=101&w=500

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2013/06/27/sarah-silverman-discredited-perry-attack

davidk on June 27, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Wendy Davis is like Fluke on steroids–

thurman on June 27, 2013 at 8:04 PM

(Insert East German Olympic woman joke here.)

Myron Falwell on June 27, 2013 at 8:15 PM

If most abortions are done before 20 weeks of gestation, how would that result in “far fewer clinics generally”?

Steve Z on June 27, 2013 at 8:05 PM

They’re saying that costs would be prohibitive to meet the requirements of the new law, forcing them to close. Never mind that every other kind of clinic has always had to meet those standards, and no liberal would dare want to change that.

Basically, the baby killers want a special dispensation, a form of Affirmative Action for abortion clinics.

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 8:17 PM

It’s odd, though of a piece with the Mathusian/Global Warming crowd’s view of humanity as problematic. Self-loathing is one thing, these people sound almost suicidal.

wolfsDad on June 27, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Yeah, but they want US to commit suicide so they can party on.

either orr on June 27, 2013 at 8:18 PM

What Rick Perry said and what Wendy Davis did are both legal. What the disruptive people in the Texas Senate gallery did was probably illegal (or at least it should be). Does anyone know if disrupting the Texas Senate from the gallery is a misdemeanor or a felony? If so, these people should have been arrested, charged, imprisoned/fined, and have their actions permanently put on the public record.

This country is already pretty lawless. Conservatives seem to constantly want to go into gunfights wearing regulation boxing gloves. If it is OK to disrupt legislative sessions, perhaps all sides could do it anytime legislation they don’t like is being discussed.

Ceteris Paribus on June 27, 2013 at 8:18 PM

englishqueen01 on June 27, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Thank you!

Gelsomina on June 27, 2013 at 8:21 PM

If most abortions are done before 20 weeks of gestation, how would that result in “far fewer clinics generally”?

Steve Z on June 27, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Because according to the new law all abortion clinics must meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers – which they are.

Since the abortion clinics can’t or don’t want to spend the money for more safety, they’ll have to close.

I have no idea why the abortionists don’t mind that their clinics look like something out of a Dickens novel.

Gelsomina on June 27, 2013 at 8:27 PM

…I have no idea why the abortionists don’t mind that their clinics look like something out of a Dickens novel.

Gelsomina on June 27, 2013 at 8:27 PM

As with Gosnell, murder is usually pretty unseemly.

Ceteris Paribus on June 27, 2013 at 8:35 PM

The question to ask the pro-abortion folk is this:

“At what point in your gestation period should you have been considered a human being?”

thgrant on June 27, 2013 at 8:38 PM

They’re saying that costs would be prohibitive to meet the requirements of the new law, forcing them to close. Never mind that every other kind of clinic has always had to meet those standards, and no liberal would dare want to change that.

Basically, the baby killers want a special dispensation, a form of Affirmative Action for abortion clinics.

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Tough cookies. If the left’s environmentalists are going to make running a power plant cost prohibitive (which, in turn, makes heating and cooling and lighting YOUR home cost prohibitive) and if Obama wants to make health insurance cost prohibitive for employers and people, it’s about damned time we started making abortion — an unnecessary evil — cost prohibitive.

englishqueen01 on June 27, 2013 at 8:38 PM

…I have no idea why the abortionists don’t mind that their clinics look like something out of a Dickens novel.

Gelsomina on June 27, 2013 at 8:27 PM

If you’re willing to kill little human beings for a living, your moral conscience probably isn’t to disturbed by unsanitary conditions in the clinic. After all, if the babies you butcher aren’t human, odds are you don’t see the women you maim as human, either.

Vet clinics have tougher standards and I don’t know of one where they abort unborn puppies or kittens.

englishqueen01 on June 27, 2013 at 8:39 PM

They won’t be happy until they can herd anyone of any age onto a cattle train and just get rid of them, it would make their dreams so much easier to achieve.

Bishop on June 27, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Wendy and the pro-aborts are not willing to give up any Gosnells of Texas.

INC on June 27, 2013 at 8:45 PM

englishqueen01 on June 27, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Don’t worry too much. Kids learn a lot from their parents. My dad used to be away in remote areas building Dams and he couldn’t make it home for weeks together. We did see him lead a very tough life. Ditto for my Mom raising 4 rowdy kids who were almost always trouble. You know what? 30 years later I am thankful to God I had such parents. And as a result I have never shied away from work so far in my career.

From what you have posted you are a wonderful role model for your kids. Keep it up.

And oh – Every heart that beats is life and we as humans must make every effort to save that life.

antisocial on June 27, 2013 at 8:55 PM

http://www.jillstanek.com/2013/05/breaking-photos-tx-abortionist-impales-twists-heads-off-live-babies/

The photos are unspeakably horrible. You can read the description at the link without viewing the photos, which you must scroll down to see. The description is awful enough.

Douglas Karpen is being investigated, but his clinic is still open.

Wendy is no hero. She’s an enabler of evil.

INC on June 27, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Perry is saying that her life is a life of accomplishment and a life that was worth allowing to happen in the first place. He’s paying her a compliment.

Mark1971 on June 27, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Perhaps the left’s outrage then is a tacit admission of shame.

Stoic Patriot on June 27, 2013 at 7:54 PM

That’s exactly it.

Davis couldn’t really come up with much of a defense because she filibustered the indefensible.

“Rick Perry’s comments are without dignity and tarnish his office. They are small words and dark and negative or something…” – Wendy Davis

Texas cannot outlaw abortion but Texas can regulate it based on recent science and what has been revealed in the Gosnell case as well as other stories in independent investigative journalism.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/fetuses-may-feel-pain-as-early-as-20-weeks-doctor-clarifies/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+catholicnewsagency%2Fdailynews+%28CNA+Daily+News%29&utm_content=Google+Reader&utm_term=daily+news

This is what 62% of Texans support in our state. This bill to regulate clinics to safe surgical standards was passed in the house and the senate but because Lt. Gov. Dewhurst was a doofus he allowed an unruly mob to prevent the signing of the bill.

Perry was right to call another session and the business of the state will be completed.

Texans are already talking about Davis likely losing her seat and getting rid of Dewhurst as well.

Davis has tried to turn this into a liberal meme of War on Women…except a lot of Texas women support this bill.

workingclass artist on June 27, 2013 at 9:32 PM

The Supremes discovery of the abortion “right” in R v W was a massive mistake due to the federal usurpation of both state or local mores. (repeating in overturning DOMA) I have wondered since, for the “anti’s”; why are you not prosecuting the involved women for murder if you believe what you say? And to the “pro” group, why doesn’t PP provide ultrasounds, if they are so concerned about women’s health?

trl on June 27, 2013 at 9:40 PM

If most abortions are done before 20 weeks of gestation, how would that result in “far fewer clinics generally”?

Steve Z on June 27, 2013 at 8:05 PM

They’re saying that costs would be prohibitive to meet the requirements of the new law, forcing them to close. Never mind that every other kind of clinic has always had to meet those standards, and no liberal would dare want to change that.

Basically, the baby killers want a special dispensation, a form of Affirmative Action for abortion clinics.

Liam on June 27, 2013 at 8:17 PM

What the bill does is it demands that abortionists have surgical privileges at hospitals within a 30 mile radius of the clinic and that clinics have surgical/medical standards for equipment equal to other medical clinics (called Doc in the Box) in the state.

So the bill prevents medical technicians that are used in these clinics from doing abortions. The women assume the abortionists are MD’s and as the Gosnell case confirmed…sometimes they aren’t. Physicians across the state support this bill for that very reason…as they are the ones who treat the emergency cases from these clinics. When the abortionist injures the woman or there is a complication, they are bundled into a car and sent to the ER because the abortionist doesn’t have privileges at a local hospital.

The bill would have it’s biggest impact on rural clinics.

workingclass artist on June 27, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Gov. Perry has been touring failed liberal states to promote Texas as a desirable place to do business…what we call down here competition the liberals call poaching.

They’re a bit upset with our Governor because Texas has a roaring economy due to our conservative governance….and companies are moving out of liberal states, many relocating to Texas.

Gov. Perry supports this abortion clinic regulation bill and liberals call it a war on women because the bill reveals the ugly in abortion that is exposed in the latest science and the horror stories that mainstream journalism refuse to cover.

Liberals hate Rick Perry…and Rick Perry doesn’t care that much…He kicks liberal asses for amusement down here.

workingclass artist on June 27, 2013 at 9:55 PM

The question for Texans is whether they’re willing to try an abortion regime in the state that might, at least in the short term, mean far fewer clinics generally. If they discover that they’re not willing, then Texas will turn a bit bluer, a bit faster, and the GOP will pay the price. Seems like they’re willing to make that gamble.

AP what matters most to Texans is we don’t want to be California.

workingclass artist on June 27, 2013 at 10:07 PM

WAR ON WOMEN!!!

HATE SPEECH!!!

Alternate Headling: LIBERAL OUTRAGE SENDS SALES OF ADULT DIAPERS SKYROCKETING!!!

dpduq on June 27, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Just make every kid watch an abortion in sex ed class and we will have zero demand for abortion and less kids having sex. It’s that simple.

monalisa on June 27, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Perfectly straightforward: Wendy Davis herself proves that motherhood is no bar to becoming a successful prominent person.

Really? I read it as “Wendy Davis should shut up because she’s lucky she wasn’t aborted” That seems pretty offensive.

righty45 on June 27, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Perfectly straightforward: Wendy Davis herself proves that motherhood is no bar to becoming a successful prominent person.

Really? I read it as “Wendy Davis should shut up because she’s lucky she wasn’t aborted” That seems pretty offensive.

righty45 on June 27, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Well, admitting your reading comprehension is poor is the first step towards improvement. Best of luck!

Midas on June 27, 2013 at 11:18 PM

However, I refuse to believe that the only way I can achieve career success is to kill my children

This is profound. Well, okay. It’s only profound if you live in this obamination of a world.

Squiggy on June 28, 2013 at 6:06 AM

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.

Liberals are angry because Governor Perry has shown that Wendy Davis is worst than a fool.

Knott Buyinit on June 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Really? I read it as “Wendy Davis should shut up because she’s lucky she wasn’t aborted” That seems pretty offensive.

righty45 on June 27, 2013 at 10:43 PM

You can’t read.

Or at least you can’t (or won’t) comprehend.

jazzuscounty on June 28, 2013 at 10:31 AM

He’s denouncing all of them, at whatever point of pregnancy,

At the risk of being called a ‘knuckle dragger’, I see no problem if that is indeed what he means. By the time abortion becomes a question, the ‘choice’ has already been made. Have at me, boys and girls.

yesiamapirate on June 28, 2013 at 12:14 PM