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Perry uses senator’s tough early life to criticize filibuster

Lawmaker helped stop restrictive Texas abortion law

GRAPEVINE, Texas — Governor Rick Perry hit back on Thursday at the star of a Democratic filibuster that killed tough abortion restrictions, saying state Senator Wendy Davis’s rise from a tough upbringing should have taught her the value of each human life.

Davis, a former teenage mom who graduated from Harvard Law School, responded that Perry’s comments were ‘‘without dignity and tarnishes the high office he holds.’’

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