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.

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."

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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. Anonymous

    Perry's idea of the First Amendment: When the Tea Party protests it's freedom of speech. When others do it's mob rule. Duh...Texas logic.

    July 1, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. JC

    Perry's idea of the First Amendment: When the Tea Party protests it's freedom of speech. When others do it's mob rule. Duh...Texas logic.

    July 1, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. mike

    Funny how the republicans and conservatives in general will yell at the top of their lungs "keep the gov't out of my business" and yet pass laws restricting women, gays, minorities, and anyone else they deem necessary to intrude upon. All I can say is "WOW".

    July 1, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. Jerry

    This coming from the man whose state leads the nation in executions.

    July 1, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Michael

    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 for abortion I have ever heard.

    To answer your question, no if the fertilized egg is swept away before it attaches would not be death by murder, it would be death by natural causes.

    Putting this in prospective outside of the womb, if my family member has cancer and they die of that cancer, then they died of natural causes. Now, if I decide that I don't want my family member to suffer through cancer and on my own will decide I am going to take their life (against thier will, euthanasia is a different debate for another time) then that is called murder.

    Now taking this logic and applying it back to the baby in the womb. If the baby is miscarried or doesn't implant or passes due to natural causes then that is not murder. However, if the baby is killed purposefully for the convinence of the mother, gender selection, or because one thinks "I don't want to see the baby go through or suffer the reason" then that is murder. I would not kill my family member b/c they were diagnosed with cancer or aids or any other reason, so why is it okay to kill a baby because they diagnosed with down syndrom or some other thing (by the way, it is possible for the doctors to be wrong, my mother in law was told that her son would not be viable, but he is now a grown 19 year old who is perfectly fine.)

    I think any reasonable intelligent person could follow my logic, unless you have an agenda that you are going to push regardless of morality or logic.

    July 1, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. mikeretired

    I do not welcome abortion but this clown as governor of Texas is a joke. When will they get their head out of the behind and elect someone with intelligence.

    July 1, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. dcase20

    Isn't mob rule how republican always work. Isnt there video of texas republican voting for people who are absent?

    July 1, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. aCriticalEye

    Perry is a complete Tea Nut wack job. Just another angry old white guy telling women what to do with their bodies.
    Truthfully, in Texas, I'm surprised a woman hasn't shot him.

    July 1, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Tiredoldman

    Most of the argument isn't over the 20 weeks limit people. It is over forcing abortion clinics to have admitting rights to a local hospital. Considering that almost all hospitals are run by religious organizations how many do you think will give admitting rights to people they consider murders? If this law paaases a lot of abortion clinics will be forced to close. This means woman seeking abortions will be forced to drive long distances to get an abortion. I have heard that some will need to drive 250 miles. This is the exact same law that the backward a$$ state of mississippi just used to try to close down the last abortion clinic in the entire state. In the state that has the most teen and single moms in the entire USA.

    July 1, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. Truth2012

    The Baptist poster boy will do fine in the land of ultimate white bigotry... They'll anoint him or only have posters with little halos photo shopped above his head... i was born and raised there. In 1986 my girlfriend, now my wife, were refused a one bedroom apt. because we weren't married...
    Baptist you can spot a mile away, too much make up, too much hairspray and far too self important... always looking at you down their nose, not eye to eye...

    July 1, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. snowdogg

    The only "mob rule" Perry condones is by his own mob,

    July 1, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Julio

    Perry is just right. We support you in this fight against innocent children selfish killers.

    July 1, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. joet

    Rick Perry is just mad because his Mob wasnt making the rules. I thought our governor, Tom Corbett, was a total embarassment, then I started paying attention to Rick Perry. My sympathy to the good people of Texas.

    July 1, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Steveo

    @Rudy NYC


    How can anyone be in favor of abortion after 5 months? If a woman doesn't know by then what direction she's going to take – then there must be mental illness involved – which is a whole other issue.
    Besides, most abortions performed after 5 months are done because of some serious medical issue with either the parent or the baby. Republicans want to ban abortions when a mother's life is in danger.
    You said the same thing last week and have yet to prvide any stats to back up your claim. How do you do you know MOST abortions after 5 months are for medical reasons? Why are you so certain they are not for convenience?

    July 1, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Vikkie Thorman

    When is the next Texas Gubernatorial election? I have never been so interested in a Texas governor's race as I am in our next. This man must go away!!!! Can we camp out to cast our votes???

    July 1, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. freedom

    Obama probably stationed her to filibuster – with catheter and all – just like he brought Sandra Fluke as a pillar of wisdom to women's rights. My goodness, where would women be without the thoughts of these two? Give – me – a – break.

    July 1, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. Jobless Mobs

    Do you know why there isn't a mob of Republicans outside the capitol counter-protesting? Because they have jobs! The Democrats applaud the failures of system when California's judicial system decides it doesn't have to follow its own "waiting period" rules, but cries when Perry demands that the Texas representatives do their jobs? Face it: Democrats don't care about people, they just care about being right.

    July 1, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. mike_nnh

    can't we just give Texas to Mexico?

    July 1, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Ben Beauka

    Anarchy is actually a very mild action for someone who willing, knowingly and without conscience murders a helpless, sinless, defenseless baby. America is going to be judged for the blood of all of the millions of babies that have been murdered.

    July 1, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. steelystan82

    Reading through several pages of comments on this article, this is what I find: Every comment that is for making abortion illegal is made by a male (or someone with a male name); the religious right is just fine with killing an adult but against killing an unborn fetus; conservatives, who are all about less gov't, want the gov't to make abortion illegal (irony); everybody here is a doctor; Rick Perry is insanse; and Texas is a sh– hole.

    July 1, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Dean

    Is that what Republican's call Democracy these days – Mob Rule and Absolute Anarchy. I feel very sorry for them as they'll shrivel up to dust and blow away soon....

    July 1, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. NorCalMojo

    It's sad that pro-baby is considered anti-women by American women.

    Very sad.

    July 1, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. jack

    Thank you for controlling my life Mr. Repugnincans!

    I know that you know what is best for me.... I am just a simple tax payer!

    July 1, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. Jesus Christ Superstar

    Reading most of Perrys quotes, I thought he was talking about that Canadian Senator Ted Cruz

    July 1, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. Texas Girl

    Rick Perry confuses democracy with "mob rule". I don't know one person who likes his "reign of terror" on Texas and on individual rights, but people keep electing him only because of his political party. I pray for a Texas that is inclusive and not full of fear/hate for giving women, gays, etc. the rights and protection that they SHOULD have.

    July 1, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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