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An Unlikely Voice of Reason: Anita Perry Thinks Abortion is ‘A Woman’s Right’

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Posted by Social Media Intern Michelle Auster

On Saturday at the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival, Anita Perry effectively told an interviewer that she believes abortion is a woman’s right. That’s right, the wife of Texas Governor Rick Perry would let other women have their choice. 

She does seem a bit stuck here between a rock and a hard place. As the First Lady of Texas she has to be very diplomatic, and she does attempt to skirt some of the questions directed at her, but the overall message is clear. Here’s the transcript,via ThinkProgress:

INTERVIEWER: Your view is: governor’s got it right, the administration has it right?

ANITA PERRY: Well, that’s really difficult for me Evan, because I see it as a woman’s right. If they want to do that, that is their decision. They have to live with that decision.

INTERVIEWER: Mrs. Perry I want to be sure that you didn’t just inadvertently make news. Are you saying that you believe that abortion is a woman’s right — to make that choice?

PERRY: It is not mine. It is not something that I would say for them.

INTERVIEWER: Do you believe that the state is attempting to say for them? And that if the governor and the administration had its way it would say for women that it is not their right?

PERRY: I think it goes back to the states and Texas has decided that no that is not what we want in the state.

INTERVIEWER: But your personal point of view is that it’s a person’s decision within the law to make that choice?

PERRY: Well I don’t really think that’s making news. I mean, I think that yeah, that could be a woman’s right. Just like it’s a man’s right if he wants to have some kind of procedure.

You can watch the video of the interview here.

Confidential to Mrs. Perry: No, it isn’t making news that abortion should be a matter of women’s choice. We’ve only been talking about it for countless years. But when the wife of a conservative, strongly anti-choice politician says it, it’s cause for celebration — and evidence not only that yes, pro-choice Republicans DO exist, but also of how out of line regressive attacks on choice are even within the Republican party. Politicians like Perry are on the fringe of their party, and their anti-choice agenda is an extremist deviation from mainstream conservative values.

And who knows better when it comes to choice anyway? Rick Perry certainly won’t be facing an unintended pregnancy any time soon.

In the interview, Anita Perry stated that she did not want to criticize State Senator Wendy Davis. If you recall, Wendy Davis is the woman who ran the 13-hour filibuster in Texas recently against legislation which unfortunately passed, even with a majority of Texans opposing it, and will effectively close all but a handful of women’s health clinics in Texas. So what does this mean, Mrs. Perry? Would you have been standing with Wendy too were it not for Rick pushing the legislation? This interview comes at a critical time for Davis, too, because it will surely help her in her (likely) campaign for Texas Governor.

“An overwhelming majority of Texas voters agree with Anita Perry that abortion is ultimately “a woman’s right.” But one notable Texan does not: her husband.” (WA Post)

Let’s hear it for Anita Perry, who has confirmed to the public once again that matters of women’s health and reproductive rights should be left to women, and you don’t have to have radical leftist views to be pro-choice — all it takes is common sense, and a little compassion.

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