After Watching Citizens United Film, Perry Shifts To Oppose Abortion Even For Victims Of Rape Or Incest

 Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) declared that he’d experienced a “transformation” following an anti-abortion film and now no longer supports allowing women to get an abortion if they are victims of rape or incest.

Perry joined Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum at the screening of The Gift Of Life, a pro-life film produced by Citizens United, in Iowa last month. Though the 61 year-old Texas Governor had long supported allowing abortions in cases of rape or incest before yesterday, Perry said the movie prompted a change of heart and he now opposed abortions without exceptions for rape or incest.

He told an audience of Iowans at Clark Electric Co-op in Osceola that he was moved by the story of a woman who introduced the film during a screening earlier this month in Des Moines.

“She said, ‘I am the product of rape.’ And she said ‘my life has worth,’” Perry said of his exchange with the woman. “It was a powerful moment.”

The Texas governor made the statement in response to a question from Joshua Verwers, a pastor at Full Faith Christian Center in Chariton, who noted that Perry had recently signed a stringent Personhood USA pledge that urges signatories to oppose abortion “without exception and without compromise.”

Perry’s last-minute shift on abortion comes as he languishes in Iowa polls, where the nation’s first caucuses are held in just six days.

His about-face falls in line with a long series of GOP attacks on a woman’s right to choose this year. As Tanya Somanader notes, “2011 marked a banner year in the Republican war on woman’s health.” From trying to redefine rape to attacking Planned Parenthood to pushing a bill that would let a woman die rather than save her life with a medically-necessary abortion, Republicans like Perry have opened up major new fronts this year in their war on abortion rights.

ThinkProgress / By Scott Keyes

Posted at December 28, 2011, 4:29am

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