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Rick Perry Shifts His Stance on Abortion

Posted in Government and Politics by TeeJaw on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 10: 44 AM

From Rick Perry’s website, his official position on abortion is as follows:

  • Protect the unborn via sonogram requirement. (Feb 2011)
  • The right to privacy is fictitious. (Nov 2010)
  • Abortion only for rape, incest, or maternal health. (Jun 2002)
  • Supports prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes federal abortion funding. (Aug 2010)

This is from The Politico:

Republican Rick Perry is shifting his opposition to abortion, saying he opposes it even after rape or incest.

Perry on Tuesday told potential caucus-goers in Iowa that he has changed his mind.

Previously, he believed abortion was acceptable in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is at risk. Now, he says abortion in all forms should be prohibited.

Perry told a pastor who asked him about his views that, in his words, “you’re seeing a transformation.”

Perry says he recently watched former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s documentary about abortion. He says he met a woman in the film and that she told him she was the result of rape and that her life has worth.

Perry says that encounter led him to rethink his position.

Of course, The Politico calls this a flip flop.  They would wouldn’t they?  They wouldn’t know the difference between a politically motivated flip flop and a genuine transformation of the heart and mind based upon intelligence guided by experience, would they? Not that I know either, I’m just giving Perry the benefit of the doubt because he does cite an experience which could have been the reason for his change of mind, and it has a ring of truth.

Here’s a personal note on abortion, even though I really have no idea what my position on it happens to be because I can’t seem to settle on one.  But I do know this.  If abortion had been legal and readily available in 1945 you would not be reading this today because I would never have been born.  [Wonderful!, you say.]  My natural mother, age 16 at the time, did everything she could think of to get rid of me as soon as she could, and if abortion had been an easy option she would have jumped for it.  I was not the result of rape or incest, in fact she was married to my natural father.  She did find a way to get rid of me as soon as I was born.  She opted for the easiest, quickest, and most socially acceptable thing to do at the time.  She gave me to someone who wanted me, loved me, and gave me a wonderful home and a terrific childhood.  They did things differently back then, in 1945.

That someone that my natural mother gave me to?  I buried her in 2006 when she was three months shy of her 100th birthday.  She wasn’t anyone special, just a good woman who lived a good life.  I hope I brought a little light into it.

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  1. Michael Ejercito said, on Friday, December 30, 2011, 1: 48 PM at 1:48 PM

    I now wonder what Perry’s position on aerial bombardment of population centers is now. Because the aerial bombardment of population centers has been absolutely demonstrated to kill innocent life, including unborn innocent life. And if it is wrong for a pregnant rape victim to terminate the pregnancy even to repel an invasion of her own body, surely it would be wrong to kill human life, both born and unborn, merely for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    He says he met a woman in the film and that she told him she was the result of rape and that her life has worth.

    Her life has as much worth as the surviving attackers of Pearl Harbor, or those who survived the firebombings of Tokyo or Dresden in the 1940’s, whether they had already been born.

  2. TeeJaw said, on Friday, December 30, 2011, 2: 18 PM at 2:18 PM

    I wouldn’t confuse the election to have an abortion with military operations in time of war. The taking of life in a war is not a matter of whose life is worth more or less. The purpose of an army in wartime to kill people and break things. As Sherman said in response to his firestorm through Atlanta, there is only one way to stop the killing and the destruction and is for the South to stop the rebellion. The way for Germany to have stopped the allied firebombing of Dresden was to end the war by their unconditional surrender, which eventually happened. Likewise Japan had the option of stopping the bombing of Tokyo by surrender or fighting on to the conclusion of the war. Japan and Germany both chose the latter. Thanks for your comment.

    • Michael Ejercito said, on Friday, December 30, 2011, 3: 18 PM at 3:18 PM

      I wouldn’t confuse the election to have an abortion with military operations in time of war. The taking of life in a war is not a matter of whose life is worth more or less. The purpose of an army in wartime to kill people and break things.

      And yet, innocent people, including the unborn, were killed. Your argument assumes that the decisions of Germany and Japan to refuse surrender justifies bombing Dresden and Tokyo. There was the option of you know, only attacking enemy military forces who were in the process of attacking Allied forces or territory, and ceasing the attack once they retreat. After all, what magical force forced the Allies to cross the German border, instead of just stopping combat operations once the Germans retreated to within their borders? What magical force compelled the Allies to bomb Japan, instead of stopping once the Japanese had retreated to their islands? While this may not have been the most desirable choice, it was a choice.

      In any event, it is well-established that the defenders of a territory may kill an invader. And this justifies terminating pregnancies caused by rape. For in such a case, the rape victim is defending her territory, her body, from an invasion by a human life.


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