Gov. Rick Perry My Anti-Abortion Law Could Have Saved Joan Rivers' Life

9/22/2014 6:14 AM PDT

Texas Governor Rick Perry thinks Joan Rivers might still be alive if his controversial anti-abortion law was in effect in New York.

The law requires clinics to meet hospital-level operating standards. It became law last year, but a judge recently put it on ice.

Perry was speaking at an event Sunday and randomly brought up Rivers … wondering if she would still be alive if Yorkville Endoscopy were subject to the tighter regulations.

We're pretty sure ... Joan would not approve.