Perry changes stance to oppose all abortions
December 27th, 2011
08:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Perry changes stance to oppose all abortions

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry revealed a hardening in his stance on abortion Tuesday, telling a crowd in Iowa that he opposed abortions in all cases, including when a woman had been raped or the victim of incest.

Previously, Perry had not opposed the procedure in cases of rape or incest, or when the mother’s life was threatened.

Responding to a question about the change in position, Perry said, “You’re seeing a transformation.”

Perry told the crowd at his campaign stop that the decision came after watching a documentary on abortion produced by former Arkansas governor and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

“That transformation was after watching the DVD, ‘The Gift of Life,’” Perry said. “And I really started giving some thought about the issue of rape and incest. And some powerful, some powerful stories in that DVD.”

Perry said a woman who appeared in the movie who said she was a product of rape moved him to change his mind about abortion.

“She said, ‘My life has worth.’ It was a powerful moment for me,” Perry said.

Perry's abortion shift comes a week ahead of the Iowa caucuses, where socially conservative voters have long been a key voting block. Perry's campaign has made a number of other attempts to appeal to social conservatives, including television ads bemoaning the repeal of the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy and highlighting the candidate's strong Christian faith.


Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Rick Perry
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Noodle Nose Johnson

    “You’re seeing a transformation.”

    No, I'm seeing a pandering clown recognize that he's going to be going home in about 3 weeks.

    December 28, 2011 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  2. phyrro

    Next he will be advocating that rape victims marry their rapists like in Afghanistan.

    December 28, 2011 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  3. colt45

    Panderer to the nth degree. Never met an issue he wouldn't manipulate to get votes.

    December 28, 2011 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  4. Scott

    I am a Republican and I never thought I would agree with James Carville but this is the most pathetic group of candidates of my lifetime. I am voting for Romney because he is most electable. I would like a Romney-Rubio ticket.

    December 28, 2011 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  5. Donkey Party

    Congrats inbreeders, you've found your champion.

    December 28, 2011 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  6. Hey

    Im nominating Rick Perry for Whitehouse Janitor in 2012! Who's with me!

    December 28, 2011 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  7. Lavey616

    This is ridiculous. Of course that woman's life has worth, but that's unrelated to the issue of abortion. If abortions become illegal,, they'll just become black market. They'll be less safe and there will be more injuries to mom. This guy is scary.

    December 28, 2011 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  8. Max

    He's a very scary man.

    December 28, 2011 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  9. Zack

    Notice CNN did articles on four candidates, none of which are Ron Paul. Yet they add three candidates that didn't even qualify for VA. Two of which aren't even close to Paul's poll numbers. CNN, you're not going to decide who we vote for. Get over it! SAY NO TO STATUS QUO!

    December 28, 2011 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  10. JT

    We voted this guy off the island right?

    December 28, 2011 03:55 am at 3:55 am |
  11. alimonyjones

    The scent of cynicism hangs heavy in the air...

    December 28, 2011 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  12. surfson

    When lies become truths. Why is it ok to abort the lives of 18 yr olds in wars based on fabricated facts? Why are those abortions OK Gov. P.Rick?

    December 28, 2011 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  13. Marry

    “You’re seeing a transformation.” This guy is unbelievable! He is the epicenter of uneducated, gullible, childish decision making ever seen! (Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum very close behind!) The GOP/TP has no problems with spouting all there “against live” policies and stands. But abortions – they just seem to be obsessed with that “conception”! The whole bunch – disgusting!!!

    December 28, 2011 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  14. NoTags

    Rick Perry is the only GOP candidate dumber than "dubya". I thought Bachmann was the bottom of the barrel, but her position has been taken by Perry.

    December 28, 2011 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  15. repub

    My first first

    December 28, 2011 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  16. Susan B

    Easy for him to say. He'll never be raped or become pregnant from being raped. Nor will he ever face dying because of a pregnancy. Idiot !!!!!!!! All the Republican candidates are idiots, except Huntsman, and he doesn't stand a chance with The Tea Party in control of the Republican party.

    December 28, 2011 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  17. Cato

    I'm sure Rick Perry would say he thinks the moon is made of green cheese if he thought it would make people want to vote for him.

    December 28, 2011 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  18. Marty13

    Can you say..................pander? Perry by all accounts has the largest campaign warchest. I wonder how all those contributors feel about their largess now?

    December 28, 2011 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  19. sick of republican phonies

    Is there any way to let Texas leave the union and take all its neanderthals, nitwits, gun nuts, racists, fundamentalist nutjobs and ignorant yahoos with it? And especially the "religious" governor who has innocent men murdered?

    December 28, 2011 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  20. oh perry

    If only you were more like perry the platypus, and worked to help people.

    December 28, 2011 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  21. Boris

    What a joke! Another hypocrite before our eyes!!

    December 28, 2011 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  22. ABDI FISSEHA

    What if the father rapes his daughte3?, brother rapes his sister? His change in any position for me doesn't mean anything as the all bunch of kids.

    December 28, 2011 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Lets make this short and sweet, women are using abortion clinics as a form of birth controlle, if u dont have enough common sense to get condoms or to the clinic where they give FREE birth controlle keep your leggs closed! these babies that doctors and women are murdering have feelings when they are ripped from the womb. And yes they are murdering these innocent babies who dont have no way to speak out, it is against the law to kill and that should abide for the doctors who think they have a lisense to kill! "From one woman to many."

    December 28, 2011 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  24. sharon

    Who needs someone who flip-flops on issues? Rape and incest are not someone's choice...the victims of these crimes should have the choice to steer their life in whatever direction they choose, including abortion. Next the government will put limits on hysterectomys (only in life threatening situations) because women should bear children....get the religous/personal beliefs out of politics!

    December 28, 2011 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
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