Texas First Lady Says Abortion ‘Could Be A Woman’s Right’ (VIDEO)

AP

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) wife Anita said Saturday that abortion “could be a woman’s right.” 

The Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith asked Perry to expand on women’s rights during their conversation at the 2013 Texas Tribune Fest, since he said the issue will resurface should state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) announce that she’s running for governor as Associated Press sources suggest. Davis gained national attention when she staged an 11-hour filibuster of a restrictive abortion bill, which Rick Perry vocally supported

“That’s really difficult for me, Evan, because I see it as a women’s right,” Perry said. “If they want to do that, that is their decision, they have to live with that decision.” 

Smith then asked the state’s first lady to clarify whether she believes it’s a woman’s right within the law to decide whether or not to have an abortion.

“Yeah, that could be a women’s right,” Perry responded. “Just like it’s a man’s right if he wants to have some kind of procedure. But I don’t agree with it, and that’s not my view.”

“You know, the older that I get, there are two sides to every nickel,” she added.

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