“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.” – Senator Wendy Davis
THERE ARE quite a few politicians in the United States Senate who could learn from the leadership of Texas State Senator Wendy Davis. There are dozens of politicians in the House who belong in the category of Gov. Rick Perry, whose comments Joyce wrote about yesterday. Men, as well as females, unfortunately, who lecture women on something that is a private and personal decision that is none of their business.
Senator Wendy Davis had this in response to Perry [h/t DailyKos]:
“Misplaced priorities of legislative leaders squandered a tremendous opportunity to make much needed improvements in our transportation infrastructure and help create good jobs and bring businesses to Texas. Despite urging by responsible members of the Senate to bring up the matter of transportation, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst derailed as much as much as $1 billion per year in transportation funding by stubbornly pushing divisive, failed legislation attacking women’s health care options.
If leaders are serious about using this second called special session to improve the lives of Texans by repairing and expanding our transportation networks, they will find no greater ally than me. If they intend to keep pushing their extreme personal political agenda ahead of the interests of Texas families, I will not back off of my duty to fight on their behalf.”
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the daughter of the late and very formidable Ann Richards, who served as Texas governor, gave a statement to HuffPost.
“Rick Perry’s remarks are incredibly condescending and insulting to women,” Richards said. “This is exactly why the vast majority of Texans believe that politicians shouldn’t be involved in a woman’s personal health care decisions. Women are perfectly capable of deciding whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy, or raise a child, and they don’t need Rick Perry’s help making that decision. What the world saw in Texas this week was democracy in action. The people had a voice this week, and we’ll make sure they have a voice in the weeks ahead.”
There’s a petition started to get Senator Wendy Davis to run for governor in 2014. Win, lose or draw it would be a great thing for Democrats in Texas to see this tour de force politician in action across the Lone Star State. She would electrify women and young girls, showing what they can do, too.
The most important thing of all is seeing another Democrat stand up and unapologetically say that women’s self-determination is constitutionally protected and a right she’ll fight to help women keep.
In Virginia, Ralph Northam, who is running for lieutenant governor, and Mark Herring, who is running for attorney general, both ran unapologetically in support for a woman’s constitutionally protected right to self-determination. They both defeated Democrats in the primary, one of which was an upset, beating an Obama affiliated candidate, by advertising boldly in support of women’s fundamental freedoms. I proudly voted for both men in a primary with sparse participation.
Politicians will find that if they stand up for women, we’ll stand up for them.