Rick Perry Idiotically Cites Joan Rivers’ Death To Justify Texas Anti-Abortion Law

Republican Presidential Hopeful Rick Perry Speaks To The Media In New York City

During an appearance at the Texas Tribune Festival on Sunday, Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry tried to use Joan Rivers’ death to defend HB2, the restrictive anti-abortion bill that was passed by the Texas legislature earlier this year, but later struck down by a federal judge. This is the bill that helped push Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis into the national spotlight when she stood on the Senate floor for 11 hours filibustering it. HB2 requires all abortion clinics in the state to meet the standards of ambulatory surgery clinics. This would force all but seven abortion clinics in the state to close. Currently, a federal appeals court is considering a decision after Judge Lee Yeakel ruled against the law in August.

Perry, who is thinking about another presidential run in 2016, decided to bring up the recent death of comedian Joan Rivers to justify the need for Texas to force women to travel hundreds of miles if they need an abortion. In typical Perry fashion, his statement made no sense and only served to remind everyone that Perry is apparently only good for making ‘oops’ style comments.

“Clearly, the will of the Texas Legislature-which I agree with-that it is a state’s right to put particular types of considerations into place, to put rules and regulations into place, to make a clinic be as safe as a hospital. It was interesting that, when Joan Rivers, and the procedure that she had done where she died, that was a clinic. It’s a curious thought that if they had had that type of regulations in place, whether or not that individual would be still alive.”

Below is video of the entire interview with Perry. He makes the comment towards the very end.

 

 

First off, using an 81-year-old woman’s death that occurred due to complications from a vocal chord surgery to abortion seems a bit far fetched. Especially when said woman would have, in all likelihood, been very outspoken against the law you are trying to defend. Second off, the clinic where Rivers had her surgery performed IS an ambulatory surgery clinic. Seriously. Yet, that didn’t stop Perry from using the completely unrelated death of an elderly woman to make a case that women should have as hard a time as possible if they want to get an abortion.

Another interesting thing regarding Perry’s statement is his push for more regulations. As always seems the case with conservatives, regulations are bad, unless it allows them to control a woman’s body or install their religious interpretations into state or federal law. Therefore, you have Perry calling for more regulations, but only because he wants to prevent women from having the right to choose when it comes to their own health and bodies.

18 Replies to “Rick Perry Idiotically Cites Joan Rivers’ Death To Justify Texas Anti-Abortion Law”

  1. Another interesting thing regarding Perry’s statement is his push for more regulations. As always seems the case with conservatives, regulations are bad, unless it allows them to control a woman’s body or install their religious interpretations into state or federal law

    Conservatives love regulations as long as they don’t cost billionaires money, question bible thumping or infringe on their ability to shoot first, ask questions… nah, they don’t need to ask no stinkin’ questions – just shoot first.

  2. Texas women should incorporate their wombs, and then the state would not only leave them unregulated, they would shower them with tax incentives not to leave the state.

  3. The closer to election the more dumb remarks the republicans will let slipped and that is great. So let them talk and talk they are their worst enemy. We just sit back and listen and vote blue at the polls.

  4. The main differences here are that Rivers’ was under general anesthesia and most abortion patients aren’t as well as Rivers’ surgeon chose to do a biopsy which was beyond what should have been done in a clinic. Perry isn’t comparing apples and oranges. He’s comparing apples and automobiles.

  5. Exactly Derrick!..WTF!? It is absolutely flabbergasting the way these Conservatives can link up things that have nothing to do with each other and claim that their opinion is ironclad. And what is more ridiculous is that their constituents believe every word the speak and vote accordingly. More proof the Conservatism IS a mental disorder! Add religion to that and you have a Violent sociopath with power and a Conservative agenda.

  6. Last week it was the blonde idiot of Fox comparing the NFL with Benghazi, now its idiot Perry comparing abortion with Ms. Rivers. Seriously what is wrong with these people? Do they even think before they open their mouths? And this is the party that wants to rule, give me a break. Please everyone vote, we got to get these folks out.

  7. Perry may be a little light in his loafers

    http://patriotwars.org/50-reasons-america-is-done/

    but he sure does have a gift for toe sucking…

    http://theuglytruth.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/i-support-israel/

    only a degenerate could support mass murderers who steal land by Terrorism

    http://www.thesullenbell.com/2014/09/21/the-prize-911-truth/

    and then call the people they stole the land from

    Terrorists… and Bomb them to smithereens in a concentration camp

    how “Jewish”…

  8. First, Joan Rivers was being operated on at NYC’s Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic, not a birth control clinic. Texas has no such requirements for endoscopy clinics.
    Second, Joan Rivers was immediately taken to NYC’s Mount Sinai Hospital only a mile away, where I am sure she got better care than a penniless teenager brought from a birth control clinic in Texas would get.
    Third, Perry forgets that Texas’s Futile Care Act (also called Advance Directives Act) would have yanked Joan Rivers off life support.

  9. And we thought Perry might learn from his gaffes made in 2012. Guess you really CAN’T teach an old dog new tricks. Open mouth insert foot.

  10. It is dangerous and irresponsible for any politicians to make comparisons with other persons’ real life tragedies when they know little if any of the facts of the cases they are using. It is also sad and disrespectful to the victims.

  11. Politicians are dangerous and irresponsible when making comparisons with other persons’ real life tragedies when the politicians know little if any of the facts of the cases they are using. It is also sad and disrespectful to the victims. Republicans seem particularly insensitive if not ignorant in showering us with ignorant remarks, usually about women. It is a wonder that any woman would even think of considering herself a member of the Republican wealthy white man’s club.

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