Gov. Perry Drags the Legislative Special Session into the Culture Wars

by Dan Quinn

Today Gov. Perry gave religious-righters some of what they’ve been demanding by adding abortion to the list of items for Texas lawmakers to address during the current legislative special session.

A press release from the Governor’s Office noted that “legislation relating to the regulation of abortion procedures, providers and facilities” had been added to the call for the session. Gov. Perry has also asked legislators to deal with election redistricting, transportation and juvenile justice.

Most of the religious right’s legislative agenda failed to get much traction during the regular legislative session, which ended May 27. But culture warriors in and outside the Capitol have been pushing the governor to open the special session to bitterly divisive issues like abortion and private school vouchers.

The Texas Freedom Network is closely monitoring the special session. Stay tuned for updates and possible calls for action.