The wife of Texas’ top politician may disagree with her husband about abortion laws.
Anita Perry, wife of Republican governor Rick Perry, said on Saturday at the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival that abortion “could be a woman’s right.”
After the Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith pressed Anita on the topic of women’s rights, she gave the following response:
“That’s really difficult for me, Evan, because I see it as a woman’s right. If they want to do that, that is their decision; they have to live with that decision.”
“Mrs. Perry, I want to be sure you didn’t just inadvertently make news,” Smith replied. “Are you saying that you believe abortion is a woman’s right, to make that choice?”
She responded, “Yeah, that could be a woman’s right. 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.”
Gov. Perry signed new abortion restrictions this summer which ban the procedure 20 weeks after fertilization.
After the Perry’s differing views about the issue came to light in 2011, Gov. Perry’s spokesperson at the time, Ray Sullivan, attempted to clarify the situation, The Inquisitr reported. “Like most Americans, they would rather not see any babies aborted,” Sullivan said. “Both Perrys believe families should have the option [of abortion] when a woman’s life is in danger.”