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Perry at Pro-Life Rally: Ideal World Is One Without Abortion

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Many pro-life organizations set up tables with models, like this bowl of plastic fetuses, hoping to illustrate the point that life begins at conception.
Beth Cortez-Neavel
Many pro-life organizations set up tables with models, like this bowl of plastic fetuses, hoping to illustrate the point that life begins at conception.

This week marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and an estimated 3,000 Texans marched through downtown Austin on Saturday afternoon to protest the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed women the right to choose. The march ended with a Texas Rally for Life on the south steps of the Texas Capitol, where activists heard speeches from the most prominent politicians in the state.

Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) speaks about pro-life champion Abby Johnson's accomplishments.
Beth Cortez-Neavel
Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) speaks about pro-life champion Abby Johnson’s accomplishments.

Gov. Rick Perry told the crowd that during his tenure as governor, Texas has restricted abortions by passing laws requiring parental notification and consent for minors, and demanding women receive a sonogram and have the fetus described to them before the procedure. “We took those steps to help ensure that those making the decision between life and death make the most informed, responsible, decision possible,” he said. “Despite all those efforts, as many as 80,000 lives are lost to abortion each year in our state.”

A group of nuns pose in fron of the Capitol to support the "Choose life" initiative.
Beth Cortez-Neavel
A group of nuns pose in fron of the Capitol to support the “Choose life” initiative.

Perry advocated for abortions clinics being held to the same standards as surgical facilities such as hospitals. That’s a standard many clinics can’t meet, and if the Texas Legislature enacts it this session, some clinics could be forced to close. And, for Perry, that’s the point.  The ideal world is a world without abortion, he said. “Until then, however, we will continue to pass laws to ensure abortions are as rare as possible under existing law.”

Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic director turned pro-life hero, called the crowd to action through prayer, volunteerism and abortion clinic stake-outs. “We must stand up for these families, for these women, for these men who are lied to and coerced into taking the lives of their children,” she said. (It should be noted that some of Johnson’s past claims about what goes on inside abortion clinics have been fabrications.) “If you have not gone and stood outside of an abortion clinic and prayed, you better go do it.

“It is not something you should do, it is something you must do,” Johnson said.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sam-Davis/1109907684 Sam Davis

    An ideal world is one where the state doesn’t destroy the safety net for underprivileged citizens. It’s one where Rick Perry doesn’t farm out contracts to his supports who turn around and totally bungle services they’re supposed to provide. It’s one where women aren’t shamed by transvaginal ultrasounds and one where birth control is easily available either at low rates or as a mandatory part of a company insurance plan. It’s one where assault weapons, some handguns are banned and where safety training is a requirement for ownership. In short, an ideal world is very much different from Rick Perry’s agenda is taking us. I’d like to see fewer abortions but this state is not taking the correct steps to accomplish this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/katievitale Katie Vitale

      Bravo, Sam!

  • texasaggie

    ” The ideal world is a world without abortion,”

    Wouldn’t it be nice if he actually believed that? That he is steadfast for preventing as many people as possible to have access to contraception and against learning anything about preventing conception in sex education class shows beyond any question that he doesn’t give a flip about abortions other than talking about them for his own political benefit.