July 14th, 2013
01:25 PM ET
9 months ago

Perry defends strict abortion law in Texas

(CNN) – The bill placing new curbs on abortion that passed the Texas legislature last week isn’t anti-women, Gov. Rick Perry argued Sunday.

The contentious bill, which was filibustered last month by state Sen. Wendy Davis, bans abortions past 20 weeks of gestation, among several other provisions. It was approved by the Texas House on Wednesday, and the Senate voted Friday to send the bill to Perry.

The governor, a Republican who supports the legislation and is expected to sign it into law this week, said Sunday 20 weeks is a reasonable period of time for a woman to decide on ending her pregnancy.

“Most people, I think, in this country, and in Texas certainly, believe that six months is too late to be deciding whether or not these babies should be aborted or not, and we put the limit at five months in this bill,” Perry told chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The bill also mandates that abortion clinics become ambulatory surgical centers, tightens usage guidelines for the drug RU486, and requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic at which they're providing such services.

Critics of the measure say it would shut down most abortion clinics in Texas - denying access to many in rural communities - and force women to seek dangerous back-alley abortions.

In an op-ed on CNN.com last week, Davis wrote the new law would close 90% of abortion clinics in Texas, an assertion Perry contested Sunday.

“I don't agree with her premise, and I don't agree with her numbers. And I think history will prove that she is wrong by asserting that,” he said, adding later that Texas had “put some substantial amount of money into women's health programs over the course of the last two years, partly because the Obama administration pulled our funding to the state of Texas because they disagreed with Texas restrictions on these abortions.”


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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    This law is in clear violation of Roe v Wade, putting Texas in contempt of the U.S. Constitution. The only appropriate response is to immediately cut off all federal aid to Texas.

    July 14, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    This law is in clear violation of the Constitutional separation of Church and State because it reflects the evangelical idea of when life begins.

    Many people believe that a fetus is not a person until it draws first breath; this law seeks to shove evangelicals' interpretation of their religious philosophy down the throats of all Texans.

    If Texas wants to be a theocracy, then fine: We'll be happy to let you leave the Union – and everything that includes (money, defense, etc.).

    July 14, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP morons should stay out of woman's body's. I though they we. For small government , oh, that was last month????

    July 14, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. king

    aaahhh here come the repubs and their hypocritical confusion again, at first they shout kill the government by taking it out of every aspect of our daily lives, and on the other hand they preach for government to violate a woman womb. when does rational people step back and see the repubs for who they really are, they've tried everything to kill obamacare, after they told companies that they are free to go make money anywhere they wanted, now that big companies packed up and move to china, and leave our country desolated which lunged us into a near depression, now they want to destroy obamacare that replaced those factories and got us back on the right track again. . they want to regulate woman womb, but let commerce run a mock.

    July 14, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    He can defend it all he wants........women will reject it, and he has NO chance of becoming President.

    July 14, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. Donkey Party

    The GOP will pay dearly for their war against women (and their war against minorities, gays, seniors, students, unions, and middle-class Americans).

    July 14, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Lathrope

    All the more reason to dispute it, and fight against it. Why bow to the wants of your master, and person wanting to enslave the way you eat, drink, think and breathe? The republicans want all of this and more. But they are for smaller government. Yeah right.

    July 14, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Stephanie

    Allow the "states" to make the decisions.... especially if they are a theocracy imposing their beliefs in the lives of others. NUTJOB.

    July 14, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Donkey Party

    Texas, the most pro-life, and pro-death state in the nation. By the way, there's nothing "pro-life" about anyone that calls themselves that, call them what they really are, anti-choice.

    July 14, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Jim

    How much does Perry's sister stand to gain as a result of this "legislation"? How much will it enhance Perry's campaign war chest, if/when he decides to make another abortive attempt to become president?

    July 14, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. dixie

    Gov. Perry is doing what the people of Texas want. He has protected our health and made these procedures safer for the mother.

    July 14, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. CB FL

    I think the women in Texas will remember the people who voted for this and I don't think they will be kind to you in the ballot box. Women have a very long memory.

    July 14, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. MaryM

    Stricter abortion laws and less or no access to clinics will not stop abortions. Texas will see however an increase in the Dr.Gossells in Texas. Wait and see its just a matter of time.

    Or maybe these abortion laws are designed to shut down Planned Parenthood clinics because they can not afford the 2 million dollar upgrade necessary. And of course Rick Perrys... Sisters Surgical Centers in Texas will take over the abortion business at Twice the Price of Planned Parenthood.
    Texas does Not Care about Women, especially poor Texas Women.

    July 14, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Clarke

    According to stats very few women get an abortion at 20 weeks. If they do, it is usually medically necessary.

    July 14, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. Ryan

    This bill does not close any abortion clinics. What it does do is require abortion clinics to provide higher standards of care for women. I fail to understand how anyone could see that as anything but good for women's health.

    July 14, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Dennis J

    The title of this article already makes it clear that the reporter is NOT fair and balanced "strict" by what standard?
    a 5 month old baby in the womb is a viable human being no matter what anyone says if you just let it be it becomes a human being ... if you kill it we call it an abortion... strict?... soon we will be aborting as they are born...

    July 14, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    Women–get rid off these idiots and thugs of the nation.

    July 14, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. Randy, San Francisco

    The Republican war against women continues without shame. Gov Perry cannot win the presidency in 2016 because he just wrote off half the electorate.

    July 14, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. Pk duster

    When parry was running for prez he told j leno he wanted to mine on the moon what about the poor people well

    July 14, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Anna

    Why on earth would a woman decide to wait till the baby is formed to have an abortion? It is so sad. The silent scream. It is murder! How can a person do this to their own flesh and blood. Heartless. Some day we will all have to answer to a higher power..call it what you want.

    July 14, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. Sunny

    FORCE A WOMAN TO GET A BACK ALLEY ABORTION???
    Nobody FORCES a woman to get ANY abortion.
    Women CHOOSE to brutally murder their babies.
    Whether it is in an abortion clinic or a back alley.
    No woman is FORCED TO DO ANYTHING regarding abortion.
    Please.

    July 14, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. just sayin

    democrats claim this is draconian yet it is far less restrictive than the abortion laws in france. is france also waging a war on women's private parts? just shows you how extreme and out of touch the democrat party is.

    July 14, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. RandyRW

    This bill will force many clinics to close because they can't meet the standards which are not necessary. The 20 week ban is completely bogus. It sounds reasonable to people who don't know that only 1% of abortions occur after 20 weeks and most of those are for serious medical reasons that aren't discovered earlier. Should a woman be forced to carry a fetus that has little or perhaps no chance of survival to term? Will the state of Texas care for severely disabled infants as long as the survive? I don't think so. Are they going to pay for post natal and prenatal care? For Republicans they right to life begins at conception but the right of that life for medical care does not exist.

    July 14, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. Namekc law

    I am a Texas woman and I whole heartedly support this bill., soon to be law Having grown up in rural west Texas some 30 years ago....before modern conveniences of the internet and world travel. If Planned Parenthood can arrange and pay for a scared 16 year old and her boyfriend to skip school, drive an hour to the airport, fly to Dallas(for a country in that day, Dallas was equivalent to a foreign country), grab a taxi to the clinic, get an abortion and get back in the taxi to catch a return flight and be home before school was out, I am sure that 21st century women can get to a safe and hygienic facility to ensure a safe procedure. Yes, there are complications and the doctors who botch the procedures should be available to care for the patients they send off in taxis.

    I know many women who will remember the politicians who voted for this bill and hoor them by voting them back into office.

    As a reminder, that womb, is home to a child who will one day grace this world with smiles, giggles, as well as their skills and knowledge. How many future scientists and doctors never entered the world. Each child, even in unborn, have a right to live and breath and have the opportunity to contribute to society.

    As for 20 weeks cut off, this is enough time.to determine one, if the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest. As far as emotional well being of the mother. I don't know a single mother who in their 8th or 9th month didn't wonder if they were going to be a good mother. Having had a career, completed a second degree and eventually worked part-time to spend more time with my lids, ny far the best part of my life has been my job as Mommy! It is hard, painful and frustrating at times, but the joy AMD love far exceed the challenges.

    July 14, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. it must be said

    RandyRW
    This bill will force many clinics to close because they can't meet the standards which are not necessary.
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    If you are truly concerned with the health and well being of the woman you would support this law. And why can't they meet the standards? I am sure many of the far left abortion supporters will flood them with money to make the necessary changes in order to help "woman's healthcare".

    The 20 week ban is completely bogus. It sounds reasonable to people who don't know that only 1% of abortions occur after 20 weeks and most of those are for serious medical reasons that aren't discovered earlier.
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    Well if it so few what is the problem? The abortionists are falsely claiming this is some sort of abortion ban. Total lies.

    Should a woman be forced to carry a fetus that has little or perhaps no chance of survival to term? Will the state of Texas care for severely disabled infants as long as the survive? I don't think so. Are they going to pay for post natal and prenatal care? For Republicans they right to life begins at conception but the right of that life for medical care does not exist.
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    20 weeks is plenty of time to identify issues with the baby. Any woman taking a baby to a hospital will receive treatment. Stop with the misinformation and false doom and gloom statements. Were you so concerned with the healthcare the babies were denied at the Kermit Gosnell clinic? Of course not.

    July 14, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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