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Senator Davis 'saddened' by Governor's 'personal attacks'

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Texas politicians are preparing for a second legislative session where abortion laws will undoubtedly be addressed.

Thursday, Governor Perry spoke with anti-abortion advocates about the Republican party's goals in the coming weeks, but he didn't take the stage without bringing up Texas Senator Wendy Davis, whose filibuster attempt halted the bill from passing.

"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's just unfortunate that she hasn't learned from her own example," said Perry.

In a statement Thursday evening, Davis responded, "I am saddened to learn that Governor Perry made the shameful decision today to personally attack me and my family. The governor's comments are without dignity and tarnish the high office that he holds. "

Davis gained national attention after her lengthy filibuster on Tuesday. While standing for more than 10 hours without a single break, Davis read letters from Texans begging legislators not to pass the bill that would put stronger restrictions on abortions.

However, Perry made it clear Thursday he'd see to it that the legislation is given the opportunity to pass.

"This is simply too important of a cause to allow unruly actions of a few stand in it's way and that is the reason that I have announced that I'm bringing law makers back to Austin, Texas to finish their business," said Perry.

At the National Right to Life convention, Perry said Texas will continue to pass abortion legislation.

"In 2011, we passed a law requiring any mother considering abortion to have sonogram first, because children deserve respect of a simple recognition before their lives are tragically cut short. The laws that we will pass, the laws that we will pass in the coming weeks will build on that legacy of life. We will ban abortion after 20 weeks," he said.

The second special legislative session will begin on July 1st. Lawmakers are expected to vote on abortion proposals, highway funding and a bill that would allow parole for juveniles convicted of capital murder.

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