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Rick Perry: My Wife Didn’t Mean to Say Abortions Were a ‘Right’

Texas governor says the newspaper is to blame for printing what she told them


NewLettersTexas Gov. Rick Perry is telling supporters and the media that his wife made a mistake when she told a Texas newspaper that abortion was “a woman’s right.”

“From time to time we’ll stick the wrong word in the wrong place, and you pounce upon it,” Bloomberg News quotes Perry telling reporters at a campaign event for U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan.

Perry does not support abortion rights.

From Bloomberg:

Anita Perry made her remark Sept. 28 during an interview at the Texas Tribune Festival at the University of Texas in Austin, according to the newspaper.

“That could be a woman’s right, just like it’s a man’s right if he wants to have some kind of procedure,” Perry was quoted as telling editor-in-chief Evan Smith.

In June, state Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis filibustered for 11 hours in order to try to prevent a vote to ban abortion beyond 20 weeks’ gestation. While she won that fight, the bill later passed during a special session convened by Perry.


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