Gov. Rick Perry defended the Texas bill restricting abortions Sunday, arguing that the legislation is not anti-women despite Wendy Davis’ claims otherwise.
Perry, who argued that restricting abortions should be a state and not a federal issue, said that most Texans consider 20 weeks a reasonable amount of time to decide on an abortion.
“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,” Perry said, defending the proposal which Davis deemed draconian.
Perry also argued against a common concern of clinic access, citing Davis’ statistic that 90% of abortion clinics would close as an incorrect assumption.
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“I don't agree with her premise,” Perry said, “and I don't agree with her numbers.”
Perry added that Texas has invested a great sum of money in women’s healthcare in the past two years, partly because the federal government stripped Texas of its healthcare funds when it refused to comply with federal abortion standards.
Davis, however, argued that weighing down taxpayers with millions of dollars spent through Medicaid for unplanned births was not an investment in women. She blamed Perry and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst for burdening taxpayers with the bill.
The bill would involve a set of new restrictions, including a mandate that doctors who perform abortions have hospital admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles, and requiring that clinics follow the same codes as ambulatory surgical centers. The bill would also restrict usage of the drug RU486, which is used for medical abortions.