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. brotherjukebox2012

    hope the mob enjoys the accommodations in the Texas jails this week

    July 1, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. Dave

    I dont think its unreasonable to expect a mother to make a decision by the mid point of the pregnancy, the UK restricts abortions after 24 weeks as an example. The devil is in the details with any bill but if it bans abortions after 20 weeks with an exception for medical reasons then I would not have a problem with it.

    July 1, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. Chicken!!

    Perry and the repubs are just too chicken to listen to the people.

    Isn't it a pity that republican right to life ends at birth!!!! If they were truly right-to-lifers, they support everything that maintains the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. They'd help the poor, homeless, jobless, hungry, etc, and would eliminate the death penalty.

    July 1, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. RC

    Most Americans oppose late-term abortions. The abortion rights people don't want to admit that .CNN should do its job and show some supporting tweets.

    July 1, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Keeper

    Stand strong Texas! This is NOT about women's rights. This is about the murder of innocent, unborn children for convenience. It is no wonder that the party that revels in the right to kill unborn children would use such overtly barbarian techniques to stop due process.

    July 1, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. SixDegrees

    As predicted – Perry is laying the groundwork to close the session to the public, or to a select portion of the public he claims to serve. They will either hold their vote in secret – and in violation of the state's Constitution – or they will pack the chamber with hand-picked supporters and exclude everyone else.

    Once that's out of the way, Perry can get back to killing prison inmates as quickly as possible.

    July 1, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    He was in favor of it with Tea Party. HE WANTS violence against free voices – he wants force used to undermine the people. He is a dictator. Nothing more.

    July 1, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. Joe A

    How can pro-life Perry reconcile the 500th person in TX recently executed? You can't have it both ways, Rick.

    July 1, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    All Life Is Precious

    Pro-Choice = A woman's right to kill her own child for convenience
    Pro-Life = A genuine concern for vulnerable babies in the womb and their right to life under the Constitution.

    No contest. God gives ; God takes away. GOD – not abortionists who blaspheme by taking over God's role as creator and carry out their inhuman acts for $500 Million a year take home pay.
    Obviously, you do not believe in the US Constitution. Try reading the 1st Amendment, I posted it on page 1. You make a weak argument against abortion because it is based upon religious beliefs. The Constitution says that the government is prohibited from doing that. Pro-Lifers need to come up with a better argument besides GOD.

    July 1, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. Allie

    "Perry said Monday that a group of people have never taken over the voting process at the capitol in the state's history."

    Maybe that should give him a clue as to exactly how abhorrent people find this particular piece of legislation?

    July 1, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. USVET

    TexasLady – What about the mother's life being at risk after 5 months due to a non-pregnancy related issue? Sure they could try a c-section to save the fetus, but what if the c-esction jeodardizes the woman's life as well? I'm pro-choice on this issue, having female relatives placed in similiar circunstances. However, to make things so finite as to remove any option medically is to guarantee that women will placed in life and death situations that might have been prevented if the legislation was not implemented.

    July 1, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Proud to support my brother, an Austin resident. He participated in the shout down and was not "bussed in"."

    Which is why the MSM has specifically and religiously avoided using the word "grassroots" in reference to this...or other things like thousands protesting abuse of union rights in WI, etc. You have to be sponsored and bankrolled and organized by billionaires in order to be labeled "grassroots" in today's MSM. IOKIYAR

    July 1, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. jillicentix

    Governor Perry is not about to let the will of the people interfere in the democratic process! /sarcasm

    July 1, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    For me the issue isn't about "abortion"; it is about the audacity of government interventing between doctor and patient. Don't HIPPA laws come into play? It is about men being paternal again over women. It is about men being obsessed with what goes on in women's bodies. Ultimately it is about Men controlling women. It speaks to men's inferiority complexes (in my opinion) about their inability to elicit respect thru their intelligence, personalities, character.

    July 1, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Firstname Lastname

    Gov. Perry will lose any special session. I don't know why he continues to try. He must think that no one knows where he lives or where he eats or where he works out. Does Gov. Perry really want to experience the million woman beat down? Not enough officers exist to stop that Gov Perry. You are surrounded. Surrender now.

    July 1, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "What about fatal birth defects, many of which occur at 20 weeks or later?"

    Stop talking're wasting your breath. Might as well be trying to teach a salamander how to do differential equations. If it's not in the religio-fascists' dogma, then it doesn't exist in their minds.

    July 1, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. rockysfan

    Then stop your attack on women, Perry!

    July 1, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. Chris R

    Perry wants the prochoice group to conduct themselves with the same decency and civility as the prolife contingent? Does that mean they can chain themselves to the doors of the legislature, accost people, brandish disgusting imagery, tie up the courts for years, and occasionally blow something up or shoot someone? C'mon Perry, is that really what you want?

    July 1, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Debbie

    It wasn't mob rule. And Perry wants people to die, so I find this whole anti-choice ram-it-through philosophy ridiculous.
    He doesn't want children on the CHIP program, and doesn't want anyone to benefit from expanding Medicare.
    Why does anyone think he isn't selfish and arrogant.

    July 1, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. FreeHawk9

    I hope Tricky Ricky does make another Presidential run; I never laughed so hard as I did during his first epic collapse! I would pay money to see the sequel!!!!!

    July 1, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. ljjm

    Whose mob rule—his or ours?

    July 1, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. David Nelson

    Anyone who watched any of the Republican Primary Presidential Debates last year knows Rick Perry is a complete Moron. Cannot believe he ever got elected to be anything let alone a Governor. He makes Palin look rational!

    July 1, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. Terri

    On my way to the Capitol now to stand in solidarity to keep clinics open Perry is trying to close. His BS about this being in the "best interest of women's health" is utter nonsense. Closing safe clinics so that doctors and hospitals make more money and women are left in desperation is far from looking out for women. Like so many other in the GOP he has a very narrow view on what women should be allowed to do with our own bodies. I am long past child bearing age and fought this battle many years ago, I can not believe we are still fighting it today. Sending women back to illegl abortion will not stop abortion Perry, it only kills more women. Perry has cut affordable birth for women, cut child care, education, food programs. These men care NOTHING for children, all they care about is their birth.

    July 1, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. Dean

    Perhaps some Conservatives need to show up to keep the pro-abortion mob in its place.

    July 1, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. rubywyld

    I can not stomach those who are so against abortion while also being against food stamps, affordable healthcare, and affordable education for those same 'children' they seem to care so much about ... right up until they are born. Upon birth, these little lives that are so important to morons like this, suddenly become the very cause of all our problems in this country.

    July 1, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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