Rick Perry’s wife calls abortion a ‘woman’s right’

September 30, 2013

Anita Perry, the wife of Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), said over the weekend she views abortion as a "woman's right," but disagrees with it personally.

"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," she said in an interview Saturday at the Texas Tribune Festival.

"Mrs. Perry, I want to be sure that you didn't just inadvertently make news," responded the Tribune's Evan Smith. "Are you saying that you believe that abortion is a woman's right -- to make that choice?"

"It is not mine, it is not something that I would say for them," Perry responded. She later added, "Yeah, that could be a woman's right. Just like it's a man right if he wants to have some kind of procedure. But I don't agree with it and that's not my view."

Gov. Perry recently signed into law sweeping abortion restrictions passed by the state legislature. The legislative debate drew national attention after state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) launched a marathon filibuster against the the the bill.

Davis has told Democrats she is running for governor in 2014. Perry is not seeking another term. The likely GOP nominee is Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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