DALLAS - Gov. Rick Perry said he has "put pro-life measures at the top of the call list" as he addressed pro-life supporters at the 43rd Annual National Right to Life Convention Thursday morning at a D/FW Airport hotel.
Perry was met with cheers as he discussed his call for a second special session after a push for abortion restrictions by Republicans was shut down by a more than 10-hour filibuster by Sen. Wendy Davis and a large crowd of pro-choice supporters that filled the halls of the State Capitol.
"We witnessed the very extremes that the pro-abortion forces will resort to in order to further their cause," Perry said. "They 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'll resort to mob tactics to force their minority agenda on the people of Texas."
"What we witnesses Tuesday was nothing more than the hijacking of the Democratic process," he said.
As pro-choice supporters celebrated after hearing early Wednesday morning that a vote was unable to be made in time, Republicans fumed.
Among those perturbed by the halting of the vote was Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who was also scheduled to speak at the convention Saturday.
“Obama-style, mob-rule politics exploded in the Texas Senate on the final day of the first special session, derailing legislation of great importance to Texans,” wrote Dewhurst in a post on his blog Wednesday night. “The message sent by the angry throng gathered from across the country was clear: they will stop at nothing to undermine conservative Texas values.”
He then challenged “leftists” to “Come and Take it!” in a Twitter post.
Other pro-life guests at the convention include Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz.
The convention started at Friday at the Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport and will end Saturday.
The second special session will begin July 1. Perry proposed lawmakers also act on separate bills dealing with highway funding and juvenile justice.