Texas Gov. Rick Perry Says His Anti-Abortion Law Might Have Saved Joan Rivers (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Comedienne Joan Rivers, 81, died a couple of weeks ago during a surgical procedure on her vocal cords, however, Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) recently made the astounding claim that an anti-abortion law might have saved Rivers' life.

A year ago, Gov. Perry signed a controversial ominibus anti-abortion law that requires abortion clinics to follow the same building code as ambulatory surgical centers.

“It was interesting that, when Joan Rivers, and the procedure that she had done where she died, that was a clinic," Gov. Perry said on Sunday during a keynote session at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, Tx., reports The Guardian. "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.”

However, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel blocked that part of Gov. Perry's abortion law because it was aimed at restricting abortion rather than increasing women's safety. The law has already closed about half of Texas’ abortion clinics that could not afford the expensive structural changes.

Gov. Perry failed to mention that the Yorkville Endoscopy Center, the clinic where Rivers had her throat procedure, is already licensed as an ambulatory surgical center by the State of New York, noted Bloomberg News.

Texas Tribune chief executive and editor-in-chief Evan Smith asked Gov. Perry to name up to three mistakes that he has made during the past 14 years as governor.

Gov. Perry said that mandating the HPV vaccine for young girls, which prevents cervical cancer, was one of his mistakes even though the CDC recommends the HPV vaccine for young girls.

Sources: Bloomberg News, The Guardian, CDC