Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday defended his state’s new limits on abortion, widely seen as the most restrictive in the nation.
The longtime governor and potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate dismissed concerns that the bill — signed into law over the weekend after weeks of intense debate in the Texas Legislature and protests across the state — would result in the closure of most of the state’s abortion clinics.
He also took direct aim at state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat and one of the most vocal critics of the legislation. Ms. Davis, who launched a 13-hour filibuster that delayed the bill for several weeks, continues to argue that only a handful of Texas abortion clinics will remain open after the law is implemented.
“I don’t agree with her premise, and I don’t agree with her numbers. I think that history will prove she’s wrong by asserting that,” Mr. Perry said in response during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
The Texas law bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, requires all abortion doctors also to have admitting privileges at a hospital and imposes other restrictions. Opponents of the measure are expected to challenge it in federal court.