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Rick Perry Uses Joan Rivers’ Death to Advance His Anti-Abortion Cause

In the days following Joan Rivers’ death, the Religious Right just could not help but use the star’s death to plug their own political agenda.

Now it seems Texas governor Rick Perry has picked up on the macabre trend and decided to use the death of the wise-cracking octogenarian to make his own political point about abortion.

Speaking at the Texas Tribune Festival, Perry tried to assert that if Rivers had been in a hospital when she had her procedure done, she might have been fine.

“It was interesting that, when Joan Rivers, and the procedure that she had done where she died, that was a clinic,” said Perry. “It’s a curious thought that if they had that type of regulations in place, whether or not that individual would still be alive.”

Yet, while it may sound like he is merely concerned that Rivers got adequate care, he is actually making a shameless plug for his abortion legislation that would force abortion clinics to meet so many regulations that most would be forced to shut down.

Described by Jezebel as the “ultimate value pack of abortion restrictions” HB 2 [previously called SB 5] is a veritable laundry list of regulations that abortion clinics would have to meet if that wanted to handle clients in the state. Many of them, activists say, are just flat-out unreasonable.

It is also not popular with the majority of Texans. “63% of Texas voters think the state has enough abortion restrictions, and 71% say the legislature should be focusing on the economy and jobs,” according to a bipartisan poll.

HB 2 is currently in legal limbo after a federal judge struck it down last month. The State of Texas is now appealing.

In the meantime, Perry – a huge supporter of the measure – is trying to garner support for  the cause through an unlikely example, a controversially feminist icon, Joan Rivers.

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