Tanking GOP Presidential hopeful (hopeless?) and Texas Governor Rick Perry, in a desperate attempt to shore up his religious conservative base in Iowa, has declared himself suddenly opposed to all abortion, including cases of rape, incest, or saving the life of the mother.
You heard that right. Perry has announced that he would rather let a pregnant woman die from an ectopic pregnancy (which will kill her fetus, too), horribly, painfully, and wholly unnecessarily, rather than allow an early-term abortion to save the mother’s life.
Perry, who recently met a woman whose mother had been raped, had his self-described “transformation” only one week before the Iowa caucuses. He has joined Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum in signing Personhood USA’s pledge, which states that “abortion and the intentional killing of an innocent human being are always wrong and should be prohibited.”
The woman had been featured in an anti-choice film screened by pundit Mike Huckabee. The Washington Post reports Perry’s comments:
“When the lady who was in it was looking me in the eye and saying, ‘You need to think this through,’ she said, ‘I am the product of a rape’ and she said ‘my life has worth,’” Perry said. “It was a powerful moment for me.”
Is that all it takes?
Maybe a child needs to look Perry in the eye and say, “You need to think this through. My Mommy died from an ectopic pregnancy, because the hospital refused to help her. Her life had worth. My brother and sister and I no longer have a Mommy.”
Maybe that would be another ‘powerful moment’ for Perry. But probably not until after he realizes that his Presidential campaign is already over.
Perry currently places fifth in the Iowa caucus polling, behind Romney, Paul, Gingrich, and (surprise!) Santorum. Does he really think his cowardly, unprincipled casting of women under the bus of political expediency will advance him from fifth place to first?
I wouldn’t be surprised if it knocks him to sixth.