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“Every Life Matters”

Says the governor of the state that just executed its 500th inmate.  Says the man whose state is on course to execute up to fifteen people this year.

Rick Perry made his remarks at the National Right to Life (Sometimes) conference earlier today.  He was actually addressing the successful attempt by State Senator Wendy Davis to block SB5 from passing Tuesday night:

PERRY: In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of a 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.…  

Says the man who has signed legislation defunding Planned Parenthood forcing numerous clinics to close.  Says the man who turned down the Medicaid Expansion.  Says the man who would force girls and women to carry to term children conceived by rape or incest.  Says the man who has largely dismantled the safety net many women need to ensure “every life … be given a chance to realize its full potential.”

But that’s okay because we women need a man to explain it to us ’cause we’re too emotional and/or stupid to figure it out ourselves.

In the end, though, Perry wins because there is little chance that SB5 will be blocked again when it comes up in the next special session (fiscal conservatism pales in the face of the “right to life”) next week.  Oh, and Perry signed into law the redistricting that could see Davis without a district.

Everything’s bigger in Texas … including the assholes.


  1. I am going to blockquote this into a comment before you edit it out:

    Everything’s bigger in Texas … including the assholes.

    I have one adjustment though:

    Everything’s bigger in Texas … including the Republican assholes.

  2. wordsinthewind

    I have to say Happy is right, we seem to grow stupendous assholes in this state. Thing is I’m pretty sure we don’t have a lock on them. We’ve let them concentrate here like happened in Wisconsin and they are having a dsproportionate effect on everyone else. But until the voters of Texas decide that good governing is more important that feeding their prejudices we will have this kind of representation. I have never felt more alienated from my state of birth in my whole life, these are just not my people-they can’t be with all that hateful spite.  

  3. “Conservatives care about children from conception all the way up until birth.”

    From ThinkProgress

    Perry’s policies are actually likely to encourage more unintended teen pregnancies. After the Texas governor defunded Planned Parenthood and slashed family planning funding, dozens of women’s health clinics in the state were forced to close. Studies from the state’s health department and the New England Journal of Medicine have both projected that fewer women in Texas now have access to birth control, and more of them will accidentally get pregnant.

    By the way, it is not surprising that Perry would personally attack Senator Davis. That is what Republicans do to women and why so many women opt out of public office. You have to have a hide like a rhinoceros.  

  4. nomandates

    State Sen. Wendy Davis is gonna tap-dance all over him when she runs for the governor’s office in 2014.

    Please proceed, Gov. Perry.  

  5. anotherdemocrat

    (the one who had to leave her father’s funeral because of the shenanigans at the Capitol)

    last night on Chris Hayes’ show, asked about Rick Perry, was all “Bless his heart….. he gets confused” bwahahahah

  6. raina

    I figured they’d try again and get it passed. Fucking Fuckwad Fuckers.

    Reason #12,038 why it is fucking important to vote for Democrats.  

  7. Pam from Calif

    @VictorianPrude at the Texas Senate Committee Meeting Re: SB1 (The Abortion Bill)

    Transcript from LaFeminista

    Senator Jane Nelson: Sarah [Lastname].

    Sarah: Thank you, Chair Committee, my name is Sarah [Lastname]. I’m a constituent of Senator Whitmire. I’m here to testify against SB1, because I’m tired of Republican primary politics, misogyny, and greed dominating the state I was born, raised, and schooled in.

    And you know, I had some really eloquent remarks written out, but you guys have just worn me down all day. With all this terrible science, and glad-handing, and to be frank I get to move to New York next month, so I don’t have to live in fear of you Texas legislators anymore and what you’re going to do to my education system, or my healthcare system, ’cause I’m going to a state that doesn’t kill its own inmates. That’s how pro-life it is, up there.

    I will thank you, though, first. It was destiny that you would discriminate against us and try to force your way inside the bodies of Texas women. Thank you! For finally working against women so publically, and not in the shadows like you’re used to. Thank you for every single bad press conference with your bad information. Thank you for every hateful statement degrading women and girls to sex objects, and brood mares, and bald eagles, and leather wallets, like your eloquent pro-life supporters have done today.

    Thank you for being you, Texas legislature. You have radicalized hundreds of thousands of us. And no matter what you do for the next 22 days, women and their allies are coming for you. Let’s start down the line. Senator Campbell, you’re an ophthalmologist. So I won’t be making you the expert on reproductive health. We can give you all the children with chlamydia and herpes in their eyes, since we don’t have Sex Ed in this state. And Senator Hegar, you are about as helpful —

    Senator Jane Nelson: [strikes gavel] I will not allow —

    Sarah: Excuse me. This is my government, ma’am. I will judge you. [speaking over Senator Nelson trying to interrupt] I will judge you, ma’am. Is this counting against my time —

    Senator Jane Nelson: Yes, it is.

    Sarah: — the senator talking against me?

    Senator Jane Nelson: Yes, it is. Yes, it is.

    Sarah: OK, well I will just go ahead —

    Senator Jane Nelson: I will not allow you to disrespect —

    Sarah: — and talk over her. This is how big of a fraud I knew you were, for being so proud of these proceedings all night. It’s a low bar that you hold yourself to that you [One State Trooper appears in background.] simply ALLOWED us to SPEAK.

    And I will speak against an ophthalmologist [Two State Troopers grab her chair.] who says – [Two State Troopers grab her arms. Sarah leans forward to keep speaking.] Everyone on the internet can see what you’re doing right now. This is a farce. The Texas legislature is a bunch of liars [Third State Trooper comes forward to grab her.] who hate women. These men are paid off —

    Senator Jane Nelson: Our next witness is Gary Oldham.

    Sarah: [illegible] so they can tell us what to do with the inside of our bodies.

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