Rick Perry’s wife is opposed to his view of abortion

Rick Perry's wife is opposed to his view of abortion

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry’s new opposition to abortion in virtually any situation appeases conservatives in Iowa, but it also moved his views further away from those of a sexual abuse organization that his wife Anita supports.
At an emotional appearance this week during campaigning for the January 3 Iowa caucuses that started the presidential nominating process, the Texas governor said he had undergone a “transformation” in his views toward abortion.

At a town hall meeting in Osceola, Iowa, Perry, an evangelical Christian who has made his faith a centerpiece of his White House bid, was asked by a local pastor about abortion.

Perry, had opposed abortion except in cases of rape or incest, now says he had a change of heart after viewing a movie made by 2008 Iowa Republican caucus winner Mike Huckabee called “The Gift of Life.”

“I really started giving some thought about the issue of rape and incest,” Perry said.

He said one of the major factors that changed his mind was while talking to Rebecca Kissling, a woman shown in the movie.

“She said to me, ‘I am the product of rape,’ and she said, ‘My life is worthy.’ It was a powerful moment,” Perry said, his voice breaking slightly as the crowd applauded.

Perry’s new view contrasts with that of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA), which supports abortion rights.

Perry’s wife, Anita, is a long-time fund-raiser of the group, which received federal and state funding.

Anita Perry, a trained nurse, was hired in 2003 to use her fund-raising skill at TAASA, where in a single year she actually tripled donations.

Perry’s spokesman Ray Sullivan stated both Anita and Rick Perry have always opposed abortion. Sullivan refused to say whether Anita Perry shared her husband’s new opposition to abortion in cases involving incest or rape.

Almost all of the Republican candidates, including Perry, have signed the Personhood USA pledge, which says: “Abortion and the intentional killing of an innocent human being are always wrong and should be prohibited.”

“Like most Americans, they would rather not see any babies aborted,” Sullivan told Reuters in an email. “Both Perrys believe families should have the option (of abortion) when a woman’s life is in danger.”

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2 Responses to “Rick Perry’s wife is opposed to his view of abortion”

  1. Cruz says:

    True, but I don’t like the he’s even worse! agmruent. Most folks are more tolerant of questionable behavior on their own side than the other. I’m not.Which is why nobody wants me sniff.

  2. Jenna says:

    Let’s see put your stats up aasingt the 50 million dead babies more than half dead black babies. I guess you win you’re the bigger terrorist. Congrats!

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