Daniel Doherty

Speaking at a conference on Thursday, Texas Governor Rick Perry offered some powerful words of wisdom about the moral imperative of protecting innocent human life. As you’ve probably heard, earlier this week State Senator Wendy Davis (D-TX) garnered national headlines when she staged a ten hour filibuster to raise awareness about “women’s health issues” and draw attention to a so-called "anti-choice" bill that would ban abortions in Texas after 20 weeks gestation. Never mind that 62 percent of women in the Lone Star State support such a measure -- or that 68 percent of Americans nationwide oppose second trimester abortions -- Davis became an overnight sensation in Lefty circles and is now even being touted as a possible gubernatorial candidate.

At any rate, Governor Perry decided to take the plunge and weigh in on the controversy-- which, of course, sent liberals reeling:

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

Unsurprisingly, the Left summarily accused Perry of “attacking” Davis. But I don’t think he actually did -- or, at the very least, I don’t think he necessarily meant to. Perry, for his part, was almost trembling with emotion during his remarks. Why? Because he knows that over 55 million lives have been extinguished since Roe vs. Wade -- and the common sense reforms he’s championed are deeply important to him. That a female colleague of his -- whom perhaps was vulnerable to abortion herself -- could find these brutal and life-ending procedures morally permissible is probably incomprehensible to him. And of course, makes one wonder if we can’t convince the Wendy Davis’ of the world that late-abortion is a great moral evil, we have a long way to go insofar as changing hearts and minds is concerned.

That being said, the pro-choice movement and their enablers will vigorously oppose any and all late-term abortion restrictions. But thanks to people like Governor Perry and Senator Cruz and other pro-life leaders, public opinion seems to be moving slowly in the right direction -- especially among young people. Let us hope that this trend continues.


Daniel Doherty

Daniel Doherty is Townhall's Deputy News Editor. Follow him on Twitter @danpdoherty.

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