Perry “curious” comment tries to connect Rivers’ death to abortion law

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AUSTIN, TX – The annual Texas Tribune Festival continues to make headlines.

Last year, it was Texas First Lady Anita Perry who raised eyebrows when talking about the law mandating, among other things, abortion clinics meet the minimum requirements of surgical facilities. A federal district judge earlier this month overturned that requirement.

During the discussion, Mrs. Perry declared her opinion that abortion is a woman’s right. “I see it as a woman’s right. You know, if they do that, that is their decision. They have to live with that decision.”

And now, Mrs. Perry’s husband continues to stir up the issue in a rather “curious” way.

The governor closed out this year’s event with an hour-long interview that included a question from the audience about the abortion law.

“When Joan Rivers and the procedure she had done, where she died, that was a clinic. And, you know, it’s a curious thought that if they had had that type of regulations in place about whether or not that individual would still be alive.”

Perry also said if he had to do it over again, he would not have issued the executive order in 2007 requiring grade-school vaccinations against the cancer-causing human papilloma virus.

“I would have done it differently. I would engage the public more.”

Perry said his heart was in the right place, but that may not have had his head in the right place. And there are probably a lot of people with their own opinion about where his head just might have been.