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Rick Perry's Wife Anita: Abortion is "a woman's right"

When asked a question about abortion recently, Texas First Lady Anita Perry responded by saying she sees it “as a woman’s right.”

What, if anything, that has to do with any potential run for President by her husband Texas Governor Rick Perry remains unclear. In some ways, it brings the couple in line with two previously successful GOP campaigns for the presidency.

Anita Perry is not the first high-powered Texas political wife to break ranks with her hubby over reproductive rights. Shortly after her husband was elected to the presidency, Laura Bush stirred controversy by saying she did not believe Roe v. Wade should be overturned. In 1992 her mother-in-law, then-first lady Barbara Bush, jolted the presidential campaign by saying in multiple interviews that abortion was “a personal choice” and that she believed discussions of such matters didn’t belong in a presidential platform. 


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