On FOX News Sunday, Texas Governor Rick Perry dismissed critics who suggested that his comments about Texas State Senator Wendy Davis being a teenage mother were too personal.

“You know, I think this is such a volatile issue that people are grasping on to anything that they can criticize and not focusing on what’s really at hand here,” Perry said.

Perry reminded guest host John Roberts that many were forgetting the purpose of the bill – to block abortion doctors from killing viable children within the womb.

“A lot of folks really don’t want to talk about that,” he continued. “They would like to focus on practically anything rather than to say, ‘We support that process.’”

Perry explained that his comments were only to praise Davis for her sacrifice and personal success.

“My point was that saving a life and letting that life come to its fulfillment and all the good things that happened, you never know when who’s going to be considered to be an extraordinary individual who’s going to make that real impact and life,” he said. “And that was our point that we were making, and nothing else, nothing more.”