Governor Rick Perry Thursday said he has "put pro-life measures at the top of the call list" of the upcoming second special legislative session that begins Monday.
Perry criticized Texas Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) for filibustering the stalled abortion bill during a speech at the 43rd Annual National Right to Life convention at a Dallas/Fort Worth hotel.
Davis has openly talked about how she, by the age of 19, was a divorced, single mother, working two jobs and raising her child as they lived in a trailer park.
Perry spoke to a group of anti-abortion advocates and used Davis as a reason to vote for the bill.
"In fact even the woman who filibustered the senate the other day, was born into difficult circumstances," said Perry. "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's just unfortunate that she hasn't learned from her own example."
Shortly after Perry's speech, Davis released a statement saying, "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, Governor Perry fails that test.
The bill in question would ban abortions after 20 weeks and put restrictions on the clinics that perform them. Critics say it would essentially ban those clinics all together.