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.

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. jane

    @Carolina corpus (caroline dead body?): What an unfeeling, judgmental, rigid, unhappy person ;you must be. How lucky you are never to have known a person in your life who became pregnant from rape, or domestic abuse. Shame on you.

    July 1, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. jerryw

    When a fetus is 20 weeks old, their hands, fingers legs toes are visible. If there is an operation on the fetus while still in the womb, it has been noted that the fetus has grasped onto the finger of the doctor with its own little fingers. that being said is proof enough that we are talking about another living being who, by the way, has a separate set of DNA. The main defens
    e of abortion is the right of a woman to her own body; well we are talking about a separate body. Are we not?

    July 1, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Chris

    Dazzy, a fetus could not grow unless it were ALIVE! Think about it.

    July 1, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Pphuuck Texas

    Governor "get in your pants" Perry needs to abide by his on "small government" ideals and keep his sweaty, sticky, filthy, disgusting perverted grubby little hands out of the pants of women.

    July 1, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. HollyBB2000

    "Men should have NO say in women's reproductive rights."

    Abortion is not reproduction – it's the termination of a pregnancy not the completion of it. One of the problems with the abortion issue is the refusal by some parties to recognize that it's not about reproduction rights- it's about striking a compromise to protect the life of the unborn – whether the unborn is female or male – by society.

    Outlawing late term abortions has existed since Roe v Wade – women have the choice to abort in the first 5months, but the life of the child is protected in the last 4 months – and beyond.

    And who is anti-democratic now? The reality is – men and women get to vote, have opinions – and you don't believe that, why? Extreme bigotry? Yes, extreme bigotry. It's shocking. Perry is right to ignore the bigots.

    July 1, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Big_D

    The Tealaban has spoken, no women's rights in Texas. Now act like the property you are women!

    July 1, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. Tracy

    If men have no say in womens reproductive rights, then women should have no say in men paying for an unwanted pregnancy... Yes I am female. Can't have it both ways ladies.

    July 1, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Jon

    Heaven forbid that Perry and his legislative lap dogs should listen to the people and not just his radical religious right supporters. He is almost as bad as our POS here in Florida by the name of Scott. However, I'm pretty sure that Scott won't be around past election time in 2014.

    July 1, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. gigi

    We Texans LOVE TEXAS and our governor!

    July 1, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    To DeeDee,

    Equating abortion with execution is just silly. One is innocent of any wrongdoing and one has committed atrocious crimes.

    July 1, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. cedar rapids

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

    So those that protested against this were not Texans then Perry?

    July 1, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. Big_D

    Now women will be racist and not vote for the Tea Party either. SARCASM!!

    July 1, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. BinFL

    @Freedom – 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.
    No one is in favor of abortion period, yet women have a right to make their own choices about their health and family planning. The percentage of an abortion happening after 5 months is extremely small and most likely are cases where the mother's health is in jeopardy or there is something seriously wrong with the baby. This waste of time and tax dollars not only in TX but other Repub run states is just an effort to chip away at Roe vs. Wade. Stop judging people and quit being hypocritical in that all you hear from Repubs are "personal freedom" and "personal responsiiblity" and "small government" yet these anti-abortion measures go against what they preach.

    July 1, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. Jon

    Heaven forbid that Perry and his legislative followers should listen to the people and not just his radical religious right supporters.

    July 1, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Dave Tressel

    Just to be clear Mr. Perry, by Mob Rule, do mean Majority Rule?

    July 1, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. frank

    btw what were those four agencies that he was eliminating?

    July 1, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. rustyj

    We are, after all, talking about Texas. The do love killing adults but are scared to death of female anatomy and are convinced only white males should control that anatomy...especially after they are done with their 15 seconds of pump pump squirt squirt.

    July 1, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. Jon

    Heaven forbid that Perry should listen to the people and not just his religious right supporters.

    July 1, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. Jon

    Perry should listen to the people and not just his supporters.

    July 1, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. Ed

    There is no need for and it is only natural that all 50 states do not agree on social, economic, moral and policitcal ideology. You can choose another State to live if you do not agree and can't live with the the majority in your current State. Voting has consequencies and if you can't live with the result, time to move to a State you can live with.

    July 1, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Steakly

    It is amazing that this guy is still around. He is trying to further his political career by talking to conservative groups right after this happened. People with common sense can see that.So many women have children that shouldn't be able to and then have them taken from them by CPS. They become wards of the state and pretty much forgotten about, Rick Perry says he cares about women's health by closing all but 5 clinics.Clearly gestapo tactics.

    July 1, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. George

    Basically what Perry is saying is welcome to Communist Texas where our Governor is King for all peoples. Thanks Rick Perry for listening to your own citizens who continuously interrupt this very policy each time it comes up for a vote. Look the people have spoken, now stop wasting tax payer money over and over and over. Move on.

    July 1, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. Dave

    So being is support of the death penalty and anti-abortion makes me a hypocrite? Yeah, cause babies and murderers should be treated the same, right? Tell you what, I would be for getting rid of the death penalty if that means no more abortions(except for rape or mother's life in danger). Deal?

    July 1, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. Gerry Daley

    Governor "Oops" has spoken.

    July 1, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. Ed

    Rasing standards for abortion clinics is a good thing – they will comply with the new requirements. Also 20 weeks to decide to have an abortion is long enough – if after 5 months you don't get an abortion you made the choice not to get one. It is that simple.

    July 1, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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