“It was interesting that when Joan Rivers, and the procedure that she had done, where she died – that was a clinic. And I’m just – it’s a curious thought that if they had had that type of regulations in place, whether or not that individual would be still alive,” Perry said on Sunday in response to a question from an audience member during a keynote session at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin.
Despite Perry’s comment appearing to advocate for such centres, Rivers was treated at a facility which has been described as an ambulatory surgical centre. The circumstances of her death are still mired in uncertainty, claims and counter-claims.
Pro-choice campaigners reacted angrily to Perry’s words. In an email to the Associated Press Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, wrote: “The reality is that complications happen in all areas of medicine. There’s risk inherent in just about anything.
“You could have a heart attack and die while having your wisdom teeth removed. Should we outlaw wisdom teeth removal?”