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

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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. Diane

    And it's not anarchy to deny Texas women their right to choose? Only cowards who know that they're wrong take this route.

    July 1, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. marjee123

    How come when the tea bags were shutting down town hall meetings they were called a grassroots movement. But now when these women and men are protesting this outrageous abortion law they are called a mob. I suppose it is all in the way these republicans see things . If it is something they want protested it is OK you are fine, but don't be something they don't like and they call you a MOB.

    July 1, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Michael Sawyer

    As opposed to what Perry. The majority of Texans, are against these new provisions, and yes this includes conservatives. You are against mob rule, but favor this oligarchy of conservatives passing laws the majority are against. Obey the will of the majority and you will avoid the mob.

    July 1, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Darna

    We all saw what an intellectual lightweight Perry is when he ran for President. Now we know the disdain he holds for women. WOMEN: VOTE. HIM. OUT.

    July 1, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |

    Ooops governor really stepped into it now. The ladies are mad. Way to go Guns Over People tea potty wingnuts.

    July 1, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Mary Smith

    Rick Perry hates women. If there was ever any doubt, it's gone now. He'd rather that a little rape victim stick a knitting needle up herself than have a medical abortion in safe clinic with a good doctor. To hades with Perry and the entire GOP.

    July 1, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. darknesscrown

    If you're a Texan, you should be really embarrassed. I know you won't be, because people from Texas are among the most prideful and egotistical on Earth, but your governor is not a man to be proud of...especially since you guys wave my country's flag around like it's yours (after all, you guys consider yourselves your own country).

    July 1, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |

    Republicans don't want to do anything about kids dying in school shootings, but they are hell bent on stopping abortion. Is there a requirement to be stupid these days to be a member of the Republican party?

    July 1, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. GOP = American Taliban

    If this keeps up, Texas Democrats will need to be liberated from the "GOP Taliban!" Maybe the good people of Sweden will launch a rescue invasion.

    I suggest a beach assault in the Galveston area.

    July 1, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Buddy

    I stand with women–but not with baby killers. Abortion ends a young human's life and is murder.

    July 1, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Virginia

    I am a nurse who has provided care to babies born at 23 weeks gestation. They respond to touch, your voice, pain, light, etc. They are fragile, but I have seen some pull through from this very early rough start. Scientifically, the fetus has developed neurons early in gestation that will cause them to pull away from pain. Its time to return the discussion to the scientific arena. Also, abortion is one of the few seemingly non-regulated "health care" systems, in which the patient is not provided with full information regarding the medical procedure that is about to be performed. Try to get something as simple as a skin tag removal when you are under age, or get a procedure performed without full disclosure. Those things have been legislated against, in the interest of keeping the patient/parent/guardian informed of the full sequelae. Try to add those same rules to an abortion, however, and suddenly the whole thing moves away from the rest of the medical world and becomes something you can keep shrouded in mystery in the interest of "women's rights." I think the rules ought to apply equally to all medications and medical procedures. This would, I hope, cause a decrease in the infanticide rate in this country.

    July 1, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Percy

    People feel compelled to control what they fear and Perry's life is dedicated to controlling women.

    July 1, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. LCD

    "Absolute anarchy?" If the TX legislature were contemplating passing bills that reduced male access to Viagra and mandated prostate exams and various other forms of anal torture before they could get said Viagra prescription – it would make "absolute anarchy" look like a picnic. Your moralistic, paternal BS is not appreciate here, Governor.

    July 1, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC


    So a fetus after 20 weeks is not a life, and can be just flushed away. Those people who believe this are the ones who need help.
    Perry wants to make the debate about "20 weeks". Democrats' biggest objections are to the closing of clinics. Besides, "20 weeks" is just a smoke screen for "big Texas government" to appoint someone to sit behind a desk and declare every woman seeking an abortion past "20 weeks".

    July 1, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. kwh

    It's called non violent direct action and it's part of the democratic process.Rick Perry and Dewhurst should be ashamed for trying to stop. Trying to dismiss folks as a "mob" simply says we don't care what you think. We're men, Texans, and we're gonna do what ever the hello we want.

    July 1, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. Buddy

    I stand with women, but not with women who murder or advocate murder. I must stand up for the innocent children those women wish to murder.

    July 1, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. craig

    The thing that Perry fails to understand is that the "mob" is composed of the citizens he intends to oppress with his personal ideas. Although they may well lose this battle, in the end Perry et al will lose the war. The GOP has declared open warfare upon women and equality and we all know that's a fight nobody should want. They will continue to alienate the very people they were elected to "serve" and in doing so, ensure their own demise...and it won't be pretty.

    July 1, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. Big Al

    Rick Perry for President! America loves Rick Perry! Only Rick Perry can save us and deliver us from evil!

    Women have no saying in this issue of abortion whats so ever. Women need to know their place and that is at home taking care of the kids, cleaning and cooking. That's what the Bible says.

    July 1, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. chris

    I'm not going to vote for anyone who engages in the abortion fight, pro or con. It's a waste of taxpayer's time and money to fight over an issue that was resolved in the 70s.

    July 1, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. Patrick

    Rick Perry: "no more mob rule" or as every day americans call it, Democracy.

    July 1, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Buddy

    I can't stand with folks who want to kill innocent babies. I must stand for the babies.

    July 1, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. clubschadenfreude

    ah, so now democratic free speech is now "mob rule" in Perryworld. It's so cute to watch such TrueChristians like him try to create a theocracy. Poor things, they don't trust their god, so they must force everyone to agree with them in a pitiful attempt for external validation.

    July 1, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Rudy NYC wrote:

    Wouldn't that be before a fertilized egg attaches itself to the wall? What about when a woman's natural cycles sweep the fertilized egg away before it can attach? Shouldn't that be murder, too?

    This is the most illogical argument I have ever heard.

    To answer your question, no, that would not be murder, it would be called natural causes. For example, outside of the womb If my relative dies of cancer that is called natural causes, but if I were to take his/her life, because I didn't want to see him/her to suffer through cancer against their will that is called murder (euthanasia is another debate for another time), but anyone with a little intelligence should be able to follow the point here. No different here, if a miscarriage happens due to not implanting or some other natural cause, then that is not murder, but killing baby either due to convience of the mother, for gender selection, for "not wanting to see the baby suffer....(you name the reason)" is murder.

    July 1, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. Spinner49

    "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." He must be talking about the Republican legislators.

    July 1, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. Jennifer

    Abortion is sometimes a necessary choice, not just a matter of not wanting to be pregnant. This is especially true for late term abortions. Pregnancy is not all honey and roses. Sometimes you learn (right about at 20wks when they do amniocentesis and advanced U/S) that your baby will never BE a baby. Sometimes you learn that it is missing all or most organs that will allow it to survive outside the room. Sometimes you find yourself with a health problem that makes continuing the pregnancy a death sentence for both you and the child (leaving your current children motherless). Sometimes as in IRELAND just a short time ago the pregnancy is almost over but a horrible infection happens and the baby is dying along with the mother and termination is the only way to save ONE of them. (in IRELAND they let BOTH MOTHER AND BABY DIE rather than perform an abortion).

    July 1, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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