Perry blames abortion rights activists for 'absolute anarchy'
July 1st, 2013
12:13 PM ET
10 months ago

Perry blames abortion rights activists for 'absolute anarchy'

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he expects the state legislature to finish their work as early as next week in a special session held in part to vote on restrictive abortion legislation.

But the Republican governor cautioned that there won't be the same "turmoil" and "mob rule" from protesters in the public gallery as there was last week.

Though another large crowd is expected to descend upon Austin Monday, "the lieutenant governor and the speaker both are not going to allow that to occur in their chambers," Perry said in an interview with KFYO, a radio station based in Lubbock, Texas.

Supporters of state Sen. Wendy Davis piled into the state capitol last week as the Democrat from Ft. Worth attempted a 13-hour filibuster to stop a bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and tighten standards on abortion clinics and the doctors who work at them. Critics say the legislation would shut most of the abortion clinics in Texas.

Texas abortion battle continues, heads into second special session

When the chairman ruled she had gone off topic around her 10th hour, the Senate attempted to cut her off and officially end the debate. The chamber then entered a lengthy debate about parliamentary rules, and shortly before midnight, supporters of Davis stalled by shouting and chanting in the public gallery. Others who were gathered in the rotunda joined in-all with the goal of silencing the Senate to prevent a vote on the bill.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst announced the bill was dead at 3 a.m., faulting the protesters for disrupting the process.

View the state House version of the bill

Perry said Monday that a group of people have never taken over the voting process at the capitol in the state's history. Asked how long he expects the Senate to stay in session, Perry said it depends: "The question is are you going to let a small group of people take over the process, an unruly mob, to keep from democracy from occurring."

But, he added, he thinks lawmakers "can get in and get out of here by next Monday or next Wednesday."

In a separate interview with WBAP, a station that serves the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex, Perry said the "absolute anarchy that we saw in the last 15 minutes in the Senate chamber (was) not appropriate or normal."

Wendy Davis: Perry has ‘demeaned’ the office he holds

He called on the anti-abortion community to have the same intensity as their opponents in the days ahead but to conduct themselves with "decency, civility and decorum."

"Regardless of whether there is a vocal opposition...Texans and their views will prevail," he said.

Perry fiercely defended the bill in the radio interviews, saying the legislation does more for women who are having an abortion by requiring higher medical standards to be put in place.

Davis, meanwhile, quickly became a national figure following her filibuster. Perry offered some personal criticism of the state senator last week, sparking a public dispute between the two that launched speculation over whether Texas may see a Perry-Davis showdown in next year's gubernatorial election.

Wendy Davis: From teen mom to Harvard Law to famous filibuster

The state senator told NBC News she hasn't "ruled out" the idea of running for governor but is focused on preventing the abortion bill from passing in the special session. In her slew of recent media interviews, Davis has argued that Perry is simply trying to boost his political aspirations by being a big voice in the abortion battle.

Asked about Davis on Monday, Perry, who hasn't announced whether he'll run in 2014, told KFYO the issue is about a debate over life and women's health, not "someone's political future."

Texas filibuster on abortion bill rivets online

– CNN's Miguel Marquez contributed to this report.


Filed under: Abortion • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (640 Responses)
  1. ted

    Rick Perry a one man mob.

    July 1, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. Michael

    Perry. What a laugh.

    July 1, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. Tom

    Rick Perry is an embarrassment to the human race.

    July 1, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. Evelyn Connaway

    He is a piece of white trash, temperamental jerk! 98% temper and 2% mental! He seems not to realize that the Capital in Austin – is the peoples house – not his! People surround the place and don't let any politicians in! Tell them its closed for the peoples business!

    July 1, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. roro

    Anarchy only becomes necessary when tyranny is imposed on the people. This war on women and women's health is the definition of tyranny.

    July 1, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. Miss Manager

    I didn't know that what the majority of Texans are asking for is considered "mob", would they call the people who are on the side of Perry a "mob" too?

    July 1, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  7. Steve S

    Rick Perry....the gift that keeps on giving.

    To the Democrats.

    July 1, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. Alex

    Republicans think that government should stay out of people's lives. The medical issues are between a doctor and a patient and not the government. Unless that patient is a pregnant woman then the government knows best. Because the poor dear is not capable of making her own decisions.

    July 1, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. Jinx9to88

    Why dont these GOP scrubs pay this much attention the babies dying on the street now everday as they do the unborn? Just saying....

    July 1, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. roro

    The Republican party champions small government and no intrusion into citizens' lives. Then they turn around and try to get into every woman's womb and all people's bedrooms. Anyone else notice the inherent hypocrisy in this?

    July 1, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  11. Flgeeman`

    Rickie Perry and his Tan and Spend republicans love to keep women and the people down. We need to Tar and Feather them and run them out on the rail!!!!!

    July 1, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. mlwells

    Mr. Perry: News flash! The capitol does not belong to you, to your lieutenant governor, or to the speaker of the house! It belongs to the people of Texas – ALL the people of Texas. Not just those who are pro-life! You and your minions may well pass this anti-abortion legislation but your political career – and the careers of those rubber-stamping your personal agenda at the expense of the poorer women of Texas – will be over! Your days of catering to the Oil Industry, the super wealthy of Texas and the noisiest of the special interest groups are nearing an end – none to soon for those most in need!

    July 1, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. classybusiness

    The GOP proves time and time again that at their core they are predominantly a bunch of frightened, whiny, soulless little men. They want women to have a choice, alright; a "choice" of back-ally butchers or DIY solutions, Just don't show up at a healthcare facility or a welfare line with your fetus after it's a breathing child. The GOP will wag its finger at you and your "baby" and tell you to learn from your "mistakes" and to "live with the consequences."

    July 1, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. Quixote

    He is about as disgusting person as i have ever witnessed on the public stage. And that is coming on the heels of issa, bachman, palin, rushbo, hannity, coulter, cruz, goehmert, phelps...l.all manner of right wing nut jobs, and he is both king and jester to them all.

    July 1, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. Educated Woman

    Why is Perry not investigating the voting fraud that went on in the Chamber? Remember all those Republicans who were caught falsifying the date of their ballot? The is against a LAW that is already on the books... Again Perry will only enforce laws if they fit into his agenda

    July 1, 2013 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. Jaquisha

    You have to love the bitterness from the left. I love watching it boil. Pass the popcorn.

    July 1, 2013 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. Mike Buck

    The Texas Godfather of Women's Bodies declares no more Mob Rule? Sounds like an Oxymoron with the emphasis on the Moron.

    July 1, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. reasonablebe

    it's only mob rule and anarchy in perry's mind if it's not his personal choice or 'side' winning the day. it's ok for the gop to do this on a regular basis, but not for a woman, who mind you, at least stood up and spoke for the entire filabuster, unlike the DC gop that merely puts in a statement or assertion that they want to filabuster, and does not stand or speak at all, just clains it can't be stopped without a 60% vote to stop...

    whose into mob rule?

    July 1, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  19. scarf

    So the First Amendment is now considered "mob rule" in Texas.....

    July 1, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. Secure Contain Protect

    "Mob rule"

    Oh you mean Democracy?

    July 1, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  21. visitor

    These MEN cannot or refuse to process that a pregnancy is a function of a Woman's Body. While the process might get kicked off with the introduction of some male DNA, the process is All Woman's Body. 100%. Regulating pregnancies or the their terminations is nothing more than men needing to control women. Men control the vast majority of assaults, murders, rapes, thefts, and all wars on this planet. It's not enough. They can't stand when they can't control women.

    July 1, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  22. georgieboy

    I am not religious. I am a woman. I do not believe in abortion. But, I will not tell other women what to do. I will just hope the women who do believe in abortion will eventually change their minds. I did.

    July 1, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. scarf

    tom l.

    Just to inform the uninformed here, the TEA Party really doesn't care about gay marriage. It's a social issue. They are about fiscal issues.
    ================================================================================
    If that were true, I would be a Tea Party member. The Tea Party in my area is very much about social issues and very uninvolved with fiscal issues.

    July 1, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  24. scarf

    Texas can't take away women's rights, so it's trying to make it impossible for women to avail themselves of their rights by imposing crushing standards on abortion clinics. This is exactly analogous to letting people bear all the guns they want, but taxing bullets at $10000 each.

    July 1, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  25. vtxrider

    That's right Governor. Mob rule belongs to the tea party and nobody else is allowed to counter them with the same tactics.

    July 1, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
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