Perry modifies abortion stance for 'mother's life' exception
December 28th, 2011
09:46 PM ET
10 years ago

Perry modifies abortion stance for 'mother's life' exception

(CNN) - A day after announcing his position on abortion had undergone a "transformation," Texas Gov. Rick Perry clarified that he would make an exception if a mother's life was in danger.

On Tuesday, the Republican presidential candidate told a crowd in Iowa that he had toughened his stance on abortion after viewing a documentary produced by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Perry said he had changed his position to oppose abortion, even in cases of rape or incest.

When he was pressed about the change Wednesday, Perry said his he would allow for abortion when a woman's life was at risk. He said such cases were the only ones in which he thought abortions were acceptable.

Perry recently signed the Personhood USA pledge to advance legislation protecting human beings "as persons at every stage of development."

The pledge doesn't say precisely whether abortions should be permitted if a woman's life is in danger, stating only: "I recognize that in cases where a mother's life is at risk, every effort should be made to save the baby's life as well."

Perry said again Wednesday that his transformation on abortion came after watching the Huckabee film, "A Gift of Life," and after a conversation with Rebecca Kiessling, who is known among abortion opponents for speaking about her life story, which begins with her conception as a result of rape.

"I really thought about this through the Christmas holidays," Perry said. "That's the conclusion I came to after (Kiessling) looked me in the eyes and said, 'Why would my life not be worth saving?' And I didn't have an answer."

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. midwestmatt

    Modify away, Ricky. You're campaign is dead in the water. Much like most of your brain.

    December 29, 2011 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  2. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    Also if the mother was raped by Satan.

    December 29, 2011 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  3. Killdeer

    Please go away; far, far away. Thank God you don't have a chance!

    December 29, 2011 02:38 am at 2:38 am |
  4. oscar r

    this is what the first stages of alzheimers looks like

    December 29, 2011 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    I love the priorities these candidates are setting.............NOTHING in the way of JOBS!!! None of it is going anywhere because NONE of them are winning in 2012!!

    Obama 2012

    December 29, 2011 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  6. Grog Says

    If it will get him more votes, he will change his mind again tomorrow.
    The mind is a terrible thing to waste.

    December 29, 2011 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  7. Thomas

    Revitalizing oil
    Clean,Nourish ,Protect
    with natural orange oil

    Perry / Enron 2002

    December 29, 2011 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  8. Terry

    He will do or say anything to get a vote.

    December 29, 2011 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  9. The GOBP is a joke!

    "However, Candidate Perry also reaffirmed the pledge he made yesterday and insisted he personally would never agree to have an abortion, even if his life was in danger,"

    December 29, 2011 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  10. Indy

    Making a decision based on a right wing movie is not Presidential, can you imagine if Perry watched a movie and it moved him to start a war, what a goof !

    December 29, 2011 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Go home Rick!

    December 29, 2011 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I'll bet $10,000 my friend, that is Rick just quit and went home, they would throw a parade for him in Texas.

    December 29, 2011 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  13. willie floyd

    Can't decide which is a carbon copy of the other-Santorum or Perry. One is as bad as the other.

    December 29, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  14. Cfrench

    What a simpleton this guy is. Now he reveals that he bases the foundation for his positions based upon TV and the movies. What a dolt. W is a rocket scientist compared to this moron.

    December 29, 2011 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  15. Dave

    Perry is just a typical Republican – dumb as a post and willing to do and say anything to get a vote. Thankfully, there are enough people in this country who realize this and will make sure this clown doesn't get within a mile of the White House.

    December 29, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  16. SPLAT!~

    "And if that doesn't stick to the wall, I'll say something else until it does!"........Rick Perry!~

    December 29, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
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