From Rick Perry’s website, his official position on abortion is as follows:
- Protect the unborn via sonogram requirement. (Feb 2011)
- The right to privacy is fictitious. (Nov 2010)
- Abortion only for rape, incest, or maternal health. (Jun 2002)
- Supports prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research. (Aug 2010)
- Opposes federal abortion funding. (Aug 2010)
This is from The Politico:
Republican Rick Perry is shifting his opposition to abortion, saying he opposes it even after rape or incest.
Perry on Tuesday told potential caucus-goers in Iowa that he has changed his mind.
Previously, he believed abortion was acceptable in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is at risk. Now, he says abortion in all forms should be prohibited.
Perry told a pastor who asked him about his views that, in his words, “you’re seeing a transformation.”
Perry says he recently watched former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s documentary about abortion. He says he met a woman in the film and that she told him she was the result of rape and that her life has worth.
Perry says that encounter led him to rethink his position.
Of course, The Politico calls this a flip flop. They would wouldn’t they? They wouldn’t know the difference between a politically motivated flip flop and a genuine transformation of the heart and mind based upon intelligence guided by experience, would they? Not that I know either, I’m just giving Perry the benefit of the doubt because he does cite an experience which could have been the reason for his change of mind, and it has a ring of truth.
Here’s a personal note on abortion, even though I really have no idea what my position on it happens to be because I can’t seem to settle on one. But I do know this. If abortion had been legal and readily available in 1945 you would not be reading this today because I would never have been born. [Wonderful!, you say.] My natural mother, age 16 at the time, did everything she could think of to get rid of me as soon as she could, and if abortion had been an easy option she would have jumped for it. I was not the result of rape or incest, in fact she was married to my natural father. She did find a way to get rid of me as soon as I was born. She opted for the easiest, quickest, and most socially acceptable thing to do at the time. She gave me to someone who wanted me, loved me, and gave me a wonderful home and a terrific childhood. They did things differently back then, in 1945.
That someone that my natural mother gave me to? I buried her in 2006 when she was three months shy of her 100th birthday. She wasn’t anyone special, just a good woman who lived a good life. I hope I brought a little light into it.