I’m Standing with Rick Perry

by Ashley E. McGuire

Before Wendy Davis became, as Charles Cooke so aptly put it, a champion for death, she was a woman with an amazing story. She was born to a single mother, and went on to become a teen mom herself at the ripe old age of 18. A year later, she found herself divorced with a one-year-old.

She went on to get degrees from Texas Christian University (I’m sure she’ll win Alumnus of the Year) and Harvard Law School. She succeeded in the corporate world, and then went on to get elected to public office in a state where women make up only 20 percent of the state legislature.

She had the makings of a female, pro-life hero.

Now Governor Rick Perry is being sabotaged for saying 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.”

Conservative pro-life men have got to start learning to be savvier when talking about abortion. But Perry was actually giving her a back-handed compliment — hinting at her success and her triumph over adversity as a model of the tenacity of life that some might consider destined for misery. What Perry was trying to communicate was the same thing that struck me: Why is a woman who is basically a poster child for the dream that a woman can get through a hard and perhaps unwanted pregnancy and still succeed professionally lobbying for late-term abortion? Why isn’t she lifting up other downtrodden women and helping them to follow in her shoes?

Wendy Davis could help women and save babies. Instead she wants to stop abortion clinics from raising their medical standards and make sure that late-term abortions remain legally untouchable, despite numbers that show that less than one-fourth of Americans want to keep second trimester abortion legal and more women support a 20-week ban on abortion than support President Obama’s health-care law.

Wendy Davis can stand, all right. But I’m with Rick Perry: She’s standing on the wrong side.

— Ashley E. McGuire is editor of altcatholicah and a senior fellow at the Catholic Association.

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