We All Knew This Was Coming: Texas Gov. Rick Perry Plans Special Session on Anti-Abortion Bill
11:15 am, June 27th | by Colette McIntyre
O! my Texan feminists, women’s rights advocates, and Senator Wendy Davis — it was only a matter of time until Texas Gov. Rick Perry struck back after your incredible victory over his rabid anti-abortion measure, Senate Bill 5. Perry has already announced that the state legislature will hold a special session on July 1 to vote on the bill, which stands to make reproductive healthcare in the state effectively inaccessible. “Too much important work remains undone,” Perry said. “We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do.”
The breakdown of decorum and decency? Governor Perry, what you witnessed and what defeated your bill was democracy in its purest form. When your constituents saw that the Republican-controlled Senate was going to pass this assault on abortion rights, despite a concerted grassroots pushback, they raised their voices, shouting and screaming to be heard. Texans formed a “people’s filibuster” — not once, but twice — to block SB5 from a vote. The group of protesters who defeated your bill last night and the Thursday before that are not in the minority: according to a bipartisan poll, 80 percent of Texans didn’t want lawmakers to consider abortion-related bills during the special session. 63 percent of registered voters believe Texas already has enough anti-abortion laws in place. So it looks like the GOP is the only one who believes that “important work remains undone.”
Governor Perry, you and your fellow conservatives are doing all you can to make abortions as rare as possible and to place onerous regulations on the few reproductive health clinics that exist in your state, but Texans don’t want to live in a pre-Roe v. Wade landscape. They know that this bill would have a devastating impact on women’s health. And so they testified. If you can’t stand the democracy heat, Governor Perry, perhaps you should get out of politics, into the kitchen and make me a sandwich.