Rick Perry on Abortion

Last Updated : Dec 10, 2011

Summary

Governor Perry is strongly pro-life.  He has supported parental consent legislation, sonogram legislation, and legislation to defund planned parenthood. He has not only pursued pro-life legislation, he has spoken often at pro-life events, about his views on morality, and about the need to protect those who cannot protect themselves. On his 2010 campaign website, Governor Perry states that he is the most pro-life governor in Texas history.

As Lieutenant Governor of Texas, Perry supported a 1999 law requiring that parents of minors be made aware if their child was seeking an abortion 48 hours before the abortion. However, under this law parental consent for the abortion was not required. Governor Perry credited that law with lowering the rate of abortions by more than 25%. In 2005, Governor Perry supported and signed a law to require physicians to obtain signed consent from a parent or guardian before performing an abortion on a minor and failure to do so will result in a license violation. However, the measure allows for judicial bypass in cases of potential abuse or in cases where the minor is deemed mature enough to make the decision on her own.

Governor Perry announced in February of 2009 that he would support Senate Bill 182 and House Bill 36, which were pieces of legislation that would require a woman see an ultrasound prior to receiving an abortion and to listen to a doctor's description of the fetus. That particular legislation failed to pass the Texas legislature, but Governor Perry put the 2010 legislation on emergency status and higher Republican majorities were able to consider the legislation early in the next session. The bill passed the legislature and was signed into law in late May 2010. Governor Perry stated that the legislation wold help prevent the tragedy of abortion. The legislation required a sonogram to be performed 24 hours prior to an abortion.

In June of 2011, Governor Perry signed legislation to defund Planned Parenthood of $34 million, and prevent local tax funding for elective abortions by hospital districts.

Governor Perry has also referred to the Roe vs Wade decision legalizing abortion as a tragedy. He stated in a 2010 speech that he looked forward to the day that Roe vs Wade was nothing but a shameful footnote in our nation's history.

  

Support for Parental Consent Laws

In June of 2005, Governor Perry;s office released a statement expressing support for laws that require that the parents of a minor be notified before she has an abortion. Governor Perry stated that the event was a significant marker in the effort to create a culture of life and protect those who cannot protect themselves.

 

Texas Alliance for Life

In October of 2008, Governor Perry delivered a taped address to the Texas alliance for life. In that video he notes his support for the Texas Alliance for Life and he uses a bible verse to thank the group for working within the legal system to bring our laws in agreement with god's laws.

 

Ultrasound Legislation

Governor Perry announced in February of 2009 that he would support Senate Bill 182 and House Bill 36, which were pieces of legislation that would require a woman see an ultrasound prior to receiving an abortion and to listen to a doctor's description of the fetus. That particular legislation failed to pass the Texas legislature, but Governor Perry put the 2010 legislation on emergency status and higher Republican majorities were able to consider the legislation early in the next session. The bill passed the legislature and was signed into law in late May 2010. Governor Perry stated that the legislation wold help prevent the tragedy of abortion. The legislation required a sonogram to be performed 24 hours prior to an abortion.

  

 

United for Life

In June of 2011, Governor Perry spoke at a United for Life event in Los Angeles. He stated his opposition to embryonic stem cell research and noted a number of views on abortion.

 

Defunding Planned Parenthood

In June of 2011, Governor Perry signed Senate Bill 7. That legislation had three primary components.

  • It defunded Planned Parenthood of $34 million
  • It prevents local tax funding for elective abortions by hospital districts
  • It allows the state to regulate autologous adult stem cell banks and encourage more live-saving treatments using adult, not embryonic, stem cells.

 

Huckabee Forum

In December of 2011, Governor Perry participated in a foum that was moderated by Mike Huckabee. He was is asked about whether he would support a constitutional amendment or returning the matter to the states. He states that both should be done.

 

2010 Campaign Website Statements

 

 

References

[1] Website: LifeNews.com Article: Texas Gov. Rick Perry Backs Abortion-Ultrasound BIll in State Address Author: Steven Ertelt Accessed on: 07/25/2010

[2] Website: The Houston Chronicle Article: Gov wants abortion sonogram bill on fast track Author: NOLAN HICKS Accessed on: 07/25/2011

[3] Website: POLITICO Article: Texas to defund Planned Parenthood Author: SARAH KLIFF Accessed on: 07/25/2011

[4] Website: Medical News Today Article: Texas Governor Signs Bills Requiring Abortion Parental Consent, Restricting Third-Trimester Abortion Author: NA Accessed on: 07/25/2011

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