Perry: Restrictive Abortion Regulations Could Have Saved Joan Rivers

Courtesy of Texas Tribune

Over the weekend, Governor Rick Perry broached the topic of the HB2 abortion bill while attending the fourth annual Texas Tribune Festival. The bill, which required clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers, resulted in the shutdown of over 20 abortion facilities. While critics of the HB2 bill assert that its true purpose was to encumber women seeking abortions, advocates of the bill maintain that it has benefited the public by closing clinics failing to meet the State's stringent safety requirements.

In this vein, Governor Perry pointed to the recent passing of Joan Rivers. Rivers passed away after complications arose during a minor throat procedure, a procedure that Perry believes could have been prevented by legislation such as the HB2 bill.

Perry stated, “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.”

Had the governor researched the details of Rivers' death prior to citing it as evidence for the HB2 bill, he would have known that the procedure in question actually took place in an ambulatory surgical center—not a clinic.

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