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.

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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."

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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."

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– CNN's Miguel Marquez contributed to this report.


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

    the texas GOP is oh so concerned about your children – until the second they are born. then you are on your own

    July 1, 2013 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. Bill Slated To Pass!

    This next session is slated to be the one that unequivocally takes women's voices away from them in Texas and finally PASSES the long awaited Anti-Abortion bill with a full Republican-controlled House and Senate and a Republican Governor who will immediately sign it into law in the red state. That's a foregone conclusion this time around. There will be nothing protestors can do this time unlike last time. That is why Governor Perry called this Special Session to pass the bill with the smallest amount of protests which will not be allowed again at the Capitol! Babies feel great pain while an abortion is taking place and women are worrying about merely having to use coat hangers or drive further to get one? Get used to it already baby murderers!

    July 1, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  3. john houston

    so Perry wants to restrict womens rights and increase the presence of government into our bedrooms and medical offices.what ever happened to personal liberties?People in Texas must be pretty shallow and unconcerned about womens rights.Lets all hope Perry and/or Buchanan are front contenders for the 2016 GOP pres.candidates

    July 1, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  4. Toni58

    Perry is not listening. We are VOTERS and we are democracy and we will not be run over by selfish ignorant governor.

    July 1, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  5. Martha Anmi

    @john/kc – Sorry, comparing procedures done at an abortion clinic to a dentist office is silly. Different types of procedures and very different types of anesthesia than a dentist office. This law is only asking abortion clinics to follow the same standards as ambulatory surgery centers... also called outpatient or same day surgery centers. Why should an abortion center be allowed to follow lower standards just because this is a political issue?

    John/kc
    If medical procedures of an abortion clinic must be the same as a hospital, then how about the dentist office when they enter your mouth and pull teeth? Same standards!

    July 1, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  6. Joan301

    I agree with dangercreativity and Gene2, he is an embarrassment and a stain on Texas. And, Gladtoliveupnorth, I've lived in Texas my whole life and everybody I know is trying to figure out how this idiot continues to be elected... but it is simple, cronies with lots and lots... and lots of MONEY. He is worse than Bush... and that is saying a LOT!

    July 1, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  7. Keep Texas RED!

    There is talk of a movement to have the senator from Forth Worth, Wendy Davis, to run for Governor of Texas next term. But who would support her being in favor of abortion for one thing? No one. It takes a Republican to protect the rights of unborn children so give Governor Perry your vote next time around and Keep Women's Mouth's Shut and Texas RED!

    July 1, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  8. msadr

    A "small" group? I think they will just have to make it a much much bigger mob. Perry is trying to force himself on the women of texas. If he thinks they're just going to lie there and take it, he's a fool.

    July 1, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  9. Fuzzy Thinker

    "Shout down anyone that disagrees with you" that is what Progressives do. They violate 'due process' and the Free Speech of others. They are UnAmerican.

    July 1, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  10. MFW

    Perry thinks the citizens are as dumb as he is.

    July 1, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. joann

    Thank you Mr. PerryFor all the women who cherish our gift to give life.

    July 1, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  12. margarita mixxe

    Rick Perry is an idiot and worse yet he was elected by the people of the great state of Texas! Are y'all embarrassed yet? I just don't understand why men feel they can tell women what to do with their bodies. This republican women is totally disgusted.

    July 1, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  13. buddter

    Gov. Perry,
    When your boss wants to yell at you he or she can damn well do it whenever they want. You are another one our politicos on both sides of the aisle who forget who you work for.

    July 1, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  14. Texas Red

    Since when did Texas women start thinking that they had a "right" in Texas to do as they please? The fact of the matter is They Don't! If they did, Texas would be a Blue state instead of Red. Now!!

    July 1, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  15. Mary

    What's wrong with some people?? As stated previously the law only applies to babies 20 weeks or more, over 5 months!! There are many many instances of babies being born this early and living a normal life. What do you want to do, say it's okay to pull out the body and slice it's neck, at this point it's a baby, possibly able to live on it's own. I realize the people who advocate for abortion want no limits but as was recently demonstrated in Philly if there are no limits it WILL be taken too far. A baby that cannot be "sucked" out but has to be pulled out and murdered... I get choked up just thinking about such a thing. I don't get the opposition to having clinics and the doctors associated with them having to be associated with a hospital either. I haven't had to but if I went for any procedure at a non hospital clinic I would definitely want the doctors to have an agreement where if anything went wrong there would be procedures in place to get me to serious hospital care quickly. I see so many people saying Perry, Bush "wrong wrong wrong". Where is the point where a baby being killed is right? I am a strong supporter of the right to have an abortion, but as with everything in society if there are not limits things get abused. And abuse in this case is killing a baby.

    July 1, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
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