Rick Perry would like to ban abortions after 20 weeks into a pregnancy.
Perry cited laws passed in 10 other states that settled on the 20-week cutoff as the point in development when a fetus might feel pain. Previously, based on the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision, elective abortions could be performed up to the time when the fetus was viable – about 28 weeks.
Experts say that less than 2 percent of abortions occur after 20 weeks, and many of those are tied to medical conditions.
Perry also said he would push for greater state scrutiny and regulations of abortion clinics, making them qualify as ambulatory surgical centers. He also would have doctors who perform abortions maintain admitting privileges at hospitals. The requirements for clinics would be prohibitively costly and many private practice or clinic doctors do not necessarily have relationships with hospitals.