(CNSNews.com) – Speaking at the National Right to Life convention in Dallas last week, Gov. Rick Perry said critics of the proposed state law to ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation used ‘mob tactics’ to disrupt debate on the bill on the state Senate floor.
“[The protesters] demonstrated that, even if they lose at the ballot box, even if they come up short in attempts to stall on the Senate floor, they will resort to mob tactics to force their minority agenda on the people of Texas,” Perry said Thursday.
“I'm all about honest, open debate, and parliamentary tactics are certainly nothing new, but what we witnessed Tuesday was nothing more than the hijacking of the democratic process,” Perry said.
“This is simply too important a cause to allow the unruly actions of a few to stand in its way,” Perry said.
In the speech, Perry also pledged to continue his efforts to save the lives of unborn children in the state of Texas until Roe v. Wade – the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion – is “nothing but a shameful footnote” in history.
“Until the day Roe v. Wade is nothing but a shameful footnote in our nation's history books, we won't give up the good fight,” Perry said.
The speech took place on the eve of Perry’s call for a second special legislative session, which began this week, to allow Texas lawmakers to vote on a bill that would prevent abortions after 20 weeks gestation.
The bill also requires clinics that perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital not more than 30 miles away in case emergency care is required.
The legislation also required abortion facilities be upgraded to meet the standards of “ambulatory surgical centers.”
Saying there is “no higher calling” than protecting unborn children, Perry cited the Founding Fathers’ perspective on the value of life.
“Our founding fathers knew this,” Perry said. “That's why they affirmed the right to life in the Declaration of Independence, listing it first, ahead of liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
“As our forefathers correctly understood, life is nothing less than a gift from God, and defending that right is a calling worthy of our best,” Perry said.
“That's why we work so hard to protect all of God's children. “There is no higher calling, or more basic standard than that,” Perry said.