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. No Point

    Humans, the worst animal on this planet. It saddens me to believe in evolution if this is the best nature could create.
    You are all fooling yourself if you think love could ever combat the overwhelming amount of anger and hate our species generates. Humans are a failure. But don't worry you, won't be around to see it all go to ruin. But please keep flapping your lips, you all seem to love giving your opinion 24/7.

    July 1, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. king

    someone tell me who have an abortion after 5 months, the only reason that might happen is because both mother and fetus lives are at stake. the repubs are using this small problem to close down the state clinics so poor folks cannot get help for health problem. what the hell closing down all those needed clinics have to do with having an abortions after 5 months, like this was a everyday occurance. the repubs need to stop using small incidents to push their radical ideology. look what they're doing to voters rights, by using voter fraud that happens .0001 percent of the time, so they can kick millions of minorities and poor folks who tends to vote democrat from the voting booth.

    July 1, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "it's bad enough you people had to resort to filibusters "

    Bwahahaha...meanwhile, back in the Senate chambers in D.C.....

    Who's resorting to filibusters to "get their way"? Hmmmmm? Who?

    July 1, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. MC

    Perry only wants to prevent abortion so his NRA pals have something to shoot/

    July 1, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Ol' Yeller

    Ah, Rick Perry. Another George 'Dubya' Bush... only without Dubya's sense of honesty and ethical standards; and he comes in at 73 on the Intelligence Quotient, a full 3 points less than bush..

    July 1, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. somone

    @booklover – "govt should not have a say to what a woman does with her body." except one thing: the baby growing inside of her isn't a part of her body. it is a living person.

    July 1, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Pertinax

    Who cares if liberals kill babies ... especially when the babies mostly come from liberals. Secondly, I don't understand why liberals are against the death penalty... What's the difference ? Unwanted people should be eliminated; isn't that what the abortion people say ? I'm for that. Luckily I'm loved and wanted.

    July 1, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Mark

    Let Perry speak, he's just digging his own hole. Fool.

    July 1, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Bob

    "only without Dubya's sense of honesty and ethical standards"

    Bush had no morals, no honesty, and most certainly, NO DECENCY at all.

    July 1, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. sm5574

    "decency, civility and decorum." ... You, sir, are obviously stuck in a hopelessly bygone era.

    July 1, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. Suzy Mack

    Hey...since the libs think anyone can perform abortions...I think this is great. We should all move to Texas and open a clinic, start the baby killing and make some coin. ASAP. Liberals are the ultimate business people. No rules !!!!

    July 1, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Why does he even have to call a special session? Isn't that costing taxpayers extra? Why not simply wait until the legislature is back in session? What's the rush?

    If's official. Republicans have a fundamental misunderstanding of the 1st Amendment. They do not believe in the basic concept of separation of church and state. They've missed the point the amendment makes: the people shall have freedom OF religion; the government shall have freedom FROM religion.

    July 1, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. keeth

    Mob rule is a bunch of middle-aged white guys telling women, and their doctors, what to do with their bodies.

    July 1, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. Steffan

    Perry is a tool.

    July 1, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Wolfen00

    With this bill coming again, I wonder how many jobs will be lost? Yet Perry is the one who swore to create and keep jobs in Texas...

    July 1, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. George Maharis

    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." he talking about the Tea Party?

    July 1, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. Mark

    Love it. It's only "Mob rule" if it's something he doesn't agree with. He needs to stop pushing his personal agenda.

    July 1, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. D

    Oh, if only 80% of Texans didn't oppose that bill ... what could have been!

    July 1, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. Kate

    This is called democracy not anarchy.

    July 1, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. Journey

    Republicans need to re-read the rules of the game. Don't outlaw abortion...make it so darn hard to get a license to open and run a clinic without the IRS and inspectors coming down on you 24 hours a day that eventually they disappear from sheer exhaustion.

    The Obama Administration uses these sorts of tactics daily with institutions they don't support (i.e. the American economy, the American people, the American legal system, etc.). Play the game.

    July 1, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. Chetak Sharma

    Perry is a third rate student from a remedial uninversity and is a ruler of a state which rivals Saudi Arabia in its principles and character (replace Koran with tbe Bible and that is all that is different). Moreover his brain is full of pink slime as is his whole system

    July 1, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Liquidcobra

    Man...the republicans just LOVE shooting themselves in the foot don't they? Good winning any type of presidential election any time soon.

    July 1, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    "Pro-Lifers need to come up with a better argument besides GOD."
    Fine. My arguement is that it's murder. Murder is against the law, whether you're religious, agnostic, or athiest. Just because a fetus cannot survive outside of the womb does not mean it's not alive.

    July 1, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. voice

    The sign says rick perry hates women – maybe he loves babies – why does that woman hate babies? what did it ever do to hurt her?

    July 1, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. The Other Bob

    Troglodytes Entertaining All

    Tell me again... Wh don't we just let Texas secede?
    Let them secede? If Perry and his theocratic cronies mirrored the majority of Texans, they should be kicked out! But they most likely don't, which will hopefully become clear to them at the next election.

    July 1, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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