Rick Perry tried the old tu quoque with the Texas state Senator and abortion rights defender Wendy Davis the other day. (Reported here at SALON.) Davis, as it turns out, hasn’t had an abortion. Even when she, like, could have.
… 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 ….
First, one can support abortion rights and still not have one. Second, if Perry is trying to make the point that having children isn’t all that disruptive of a life by pointing to one woman who made it through law school with a child… The answer is that at least she chose that option. That makes a big difference.