July 14th, 2013
01:25 PM ET
9 years ago

Perry defends strict abortion law in Texas

(CNN) – The bill placing new curbs on abortion that passed the Texas legislature last week isn’t anti-women, Gov. Rick Perry argued Sunday.

The contentious bill, which was filibustered last month by state Sen. Wendy Davis, bans abortions past 20 weeks of gestation, among several other provisions. It was approved by the Texas House on Wednesday, and the Senate voted Friday to send the bill to Perry.

The governor, a Republican who supports the legislation and is expected to sign it into law this week, said Sunday 20 weeks is a reasonable period of time for a woman to decide on ending her pregnancy.

“Most people, I think, in this country, and in Texas certainly, believe that six months is too late to be deciding whether or not these babies should be aborted or not, and we put the limit at five months in this bill,” Perry told chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The bill also mandates that abortion clinics become ambulatory surgical centers, tightens usage guidelines for the drug RU486, and requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic at which they're providing such services.

Critics of the measure say it would shut down most abortion clinics in Texas - denying access to many in rural communities - and force women to seek dangerous back-alley abortions.

In an op-ed on CNN.com last week, Davis wrote the new law would close 90% of abortion clinics in Texas, an assertion Perry contested Sunday.

“I don't agree with her premise, and I don't agree with her numbers. And I think history will prove that she is wrong by asserting that,” he said, adding later that Texas had “put some substantial amount of money into women's health programs over the course of the last two years, partly because the Obama administration pulled our funding to the state of Texas because they disagreed with Texas restrictions on these abortions.”

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  1. ironman59

    This is about money. More to the point the legislation is designed so that his sisters clinics just magically happen to meet all of the criteria. Nothing like removing the competition by implementing illegal regulation on business. Even worse is this is just more of the "smal government" mentality from the gop.

    July 14, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. Donkey Party

    dixie – if you don't want an abortion, don't have one, but don't push your beliefs on others, that's selfish and very un-American.

    July 14, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. Ngoc-V-Le/Le-Roy

    United States OF America.. HELLO!Everyone!.In The UNITED STAES OF AMERICA. We don't have MEDICAL .. STUDENT TRAINING,To Be Under License To Kill M-D.... HONEY!.WHAT?IN The U-S Freedom Country.But not Freelife..I don't want you go to see License To Kill M-D....Why? BECAUSE! I DON'T Want We Lost A Babies And Taxpay The People..And you Health To Be ILL in the future!!Oh yet U-S GOV'T need to Close All ABORTION Clinic.sos.sos.sos. ....RAPE!...You need report to Police..Who RAPE you? If you go to see License To Kill M-D by you self.That is you and you License To Kill M-D To Be Murder is the unlawful Killing of a Human being with Malice Aforethought.......................Dear/Sir/Madam.in the U-S We don't have License To Kill M-D..

    July 14, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. Mom-to-be

    The new law is for both mother and the child (you know, the life that is being taken). The current law, or old law, was women could get an abortion at 26 weeks. The problem with that is all babies are viable at 24 weeks. That means, that to abort a baby at this time, you have to kill it in utero before expelling it from the body, and even then, it can still survive if it is a botched abortion. If this is a case, and it is held in a surgical center withing 30 miles of a hospital the provider has admitting privileges with a higher level of care along with basic life support can be administered to the living baby and the mother if necessary. This way we can avoid issues like what the Dr in PA was doing, with multiple "after-birth" abortions. Is it not right to attempt to save a baby if the abortion was unsuccessful and the baby is obviously struggling to breath/live right in front of you??? Or is it still "Tissue" at that point as well????? Just remember, a baby's brain, spinal cord, and heart beat are all formed within the first 2 weeks after conception....How on earth is this not a life??? We protect endangered turtle eggs....yet we do not protect endangered human lives.

    July 14, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. GOP practicing medicine without a license

    Educate yourself.
    91% of abortions at 20 weeks are for health reasons which this bill forbids.
    Your brand of ignorant sanctimony would be nauseating coming from a man, from a woman it's unforgivable.
    I hope you're either menopausal or not in Texas, otherwise this law may very well kill you.

    @justsayin. France like the rest of the civilised world, has exception for health and life of the mother and fetus. This bill does not.
    It only allows intervention when the woman is at risk of IMMEDIATE death. That's like banning treatment of a wound until a patient develops full blown tetanus.
    It's savage stupid and designed to kill women.
    American Obstetricians have objected to it LOUDLY.

    July 14, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  6. bloggerdude94

    i saw a statement earlier saying us pro-life people should be called anti-choice well if you really are going to play that game then you should be called what you really are anti-life or as i would rather name you pro-murder

    July 14, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  7. myintx

    When a woman has an abortion, she is not doing something to her body. She is doing something to the body of an unborn human baby – she is KILLING it. And, that is just WRONG (unless absolutely necessary to save the life of the mother).

    July 14, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. Dr. S

    Most women who elect to terminate their pregnancy do so in the first 8 weeks. Having more stringent medical standards favor women's health–most of us are familiar with the scandals and poor care at some of these current "clinics"–

    Moreover, the problem with abortions in America is that many are for personal or social convenience. If abortions were performed for valid medical reasons, because of rape, or because the mother's life is in jeopardy, that would be different. To destroy one human life for convenience is not right. There are other forms of birth control. We should respect life. The 1.5 million abortions performed in our country each year is a tragedy, an epidemic.

    July 14, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  9. myintx

    Doesn't take religion to know that KILLING an unborn baby is wrong. It just takes COMMON SENSE. Take a look at some pictures of aborted fetus' at 18 or 20 weeks. They look like babies – only DEAD. I can't support that. And, unless the mother's life is in danger, I don't see how anyone can support that. Pro-choicers are patting women on the back for making the choice to KILL their unborn baby – and that's just wrong.

    July 14, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  10. myintx

    About 1/2 of the unborn killed via abortion are future women. Abortion is the real 'war on women'.

    July 14, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. scarf


    This bill does not close any abortion clinics. What it does do is require abortion clinics to provide higher standards of care for women. I fail to understand how anyone could see that as anything but good for women's health.
    Why not require abortion clinics to be able to survive a nuclear blast? That can't be anything but good for the people inside, right? Although it will mean no abortion clinics will exist, which is exactly what these "higher standards of care" are meant to do.

    July 14, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. Liz the First

    They want Texas to be where abortion ends. I want it to be where the republican party ends. the country will be much better off if these dinosaurs go extinct! laws against abortion are in direct violation of the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion. forcing others to live by your religious beliefs flies in the face of everything this country stands for!

    July 14, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    This from the oops governor and his big gun and his tiny little you know what.

    July 14, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  14. GOP = Greed Over People

    Pompadour Perry and the GOP want "small government" alright, small enough to be able to check out every woman's uterus in America!

    July 14, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  15. norma jean

    When men start having babies.....then....and only then....will women accept interference from them on what is best for us!!!!! There are many irregularities that happen during a pregnancy both to the fetus and to the mother that require medical attention....NOW you "men"{?} want to take away a womans right to protection against pregnancy...{{ there may be too many children in the family already} ....and medical care needed during the pregnancy..... There was an old Greek story about the women refusing their men sex if they didn't stop fighting.. ...Now may be a time for the women of this country to tell the men..."If you are going to tell me what to do with my body.....I just might have to take a stand!!!!!!

    July 14, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  16. boungiorno

    When you cant make a civalized choice it will be made for you and by whats seen going on around the world people are not thinking cleary

    July 14, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  17. James

    Perry–I voted for you but your still a bone head–This one cuts it for me–Glad you aren't running for Gov again–

    July 14, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  18. Chris

    All you prochoice people are selfish only thinking of your self. There is another body inside of you. GOD did not create women so they can kill their child in the womb

    July 14, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  19. Name ag

    These people saying it will be safer for women are as blind as a bat. Closing these clinics has nothing to do with safety. It's unchristian to deny these women healthcare, not to mention inhumane. As a Texan I'm ashamed of my neighbors.

    July 14, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  20. James Napoli

    Classic big government intruding into personal lives

    July 14, 2013 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  21. HenryMiller

    Perry is a member of the American Taliban. Next thing you know, he'll start trying to make it illegal for girls to go to school.

    July 15, 2013 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  22. Sheila

    and this guy wants to be our next prez ???? lol – well, good luck w/ that.

    July 15, 2013 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  23. Anonymous

    To tell you the truth, 20 weeks is enough. Nothing in the bill says that abortion clinics have to shut down, they just have to upgrade to the new standards and relocate to a hospital that can grant them admitting privileges. They have the money to do it because the abortion industries makes multi-billions of dollars in profit including Planned Parenthood. These standards are put in place to ensure safety of all the women and to shut down and prevent other people like Kermit Gosnell from operating. I also support Donna Campbell on this, the clinics that refuse to upgrade and conform to the standards on Senate Bill 5 only care about the money and making their wallets fatter and not about women's health because they have multi billions of dollars and they can all afford it. Planned Parenthood and many abortion industries only care about money and profits especially since Planned Parenthood makes billions and billions of dollars in profit.

    July 15, 2013 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  24. L

    Can some "journalist" look into how many abortions actually occur after 20 weeks? Nobody carries a pregnancy half way and decides to end it for no reason. Women are not evil, like the Republicans would have you think. This number is probably so small it is ridiculous for Perry to attack this issue. Also, this would only be done to save the life of the mother, so I wish that the media would call these brainless Republicans out for their moronic war on reproductive rights and healthcare in general. Doctors should decide what needs to happen with a pregnancy. Perry is insane, and I can't believe the women of Texas are going to stand by and watch this happen.

    July 15, 2013 01:47 am at 1:47 am |

    2014 comes quickly for the Guns Over People tea potty. They thought that America was not watching in Nov last year too. See where that got them.

    July 15, 2013 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
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