Rick Perry Now Wants a Federal Law to Reign on Abortion

Last week, Texas Governor Rick Perry, a likely 2012 presidential contender, claimed that Roe V Wade should be overturned so states can pass their own laws about abortion.  After all, it’s important for states to make their own decisions.

This week, he’s changed his mind.  A federal law should overrule the states.  Assuming it’s the right law.

Via Lifenews:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has clarified his pro-life stance on abortion:  he supports a federal amendment to the U.S. Constitution affording legal protection for unborn children. Last week, Perry gave a states’ rights answer when asked about his position on abortion, saying, “You either have to believe in the 10th Amendment or you don’t. You can’t believe in the 10th Amendment for a few issues and then [for] something that doesn’t suit you say, ‘We’d rather not have states decide that.’

Now, according to a Houston Chronicle report, Perry spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger says the Texas governor and potential Republican presidential candidate, backs a federal amendment.

“Gov. Perry is proudly pro-life and successfully championed strong pro-life legislation in Texas including parental consent, this year’s sonogram bill and a budget that significantly defunds abortions in Texas,” she said. “The governor has long supported overturning Roe v. Wade, and would support amending the U.S. Constitution, with the backing of Congress and the states, to protect innocent life.”

So how does Perry get to justify this with his advocacy for states’ rights?  Well, according to him, since it would take 3/4ths of the states to pass a constitutional amendment, that is supporting states’ rights.

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  • lotus4yoga

    Members of Congress, various church leaders, anti-choice people! Abortion was not legal in my state when I was 16 and had an “abortion.” I was 27 weeks pregnant (and was pretty clueless about what that really meant) and given some internal thing that made me go into early labor a day later. My daughter was born breathing, kicking, looking around but because of fear of legal problems, losing license, etc., the medical staff (I guess in particular, the doctor) was not willing to take her to a hospital or even let me try to take her to a hospital. I was given some sort of injection because I was screaming in their office; when I woke up later, I was told she died. I believe it’s likely someone covered her mouth/nose until she died. I also believe her death was the direct result of abortions being illegal in my state. So while, at 16, I certainly did not want a child, I also did not want anyone to hurt that little baby once she was born! 


    People who want to make abortion illegal again need to know this! It’s the only way I feel like I can give any honor or respect to my daughter’s brief life.

  • beenthere72

    Wow, that’s so sad, lotus.   Thank you for sharing it with us;  that’s some powerful stuff!