When Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis announces her gubernatorial aims, she may have ideological support from an interesting source — current incumbent Governor Rick Perry’s wife, Texas First Lady Anita Perry. While being interviewed by the Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith at the 2013 Texas Tribune’s festival, Anita Perry revealed views on women’s rights that are sharply dissonant with Rick Perry’s official stances and policy.
Here’s the video:
The key comments come at 2:30, when she says, “That’s really difficult for me, Evan, because I see it as a women’s right. If they want to do that, that is their decision; they have to live with that decision.” When questioned, she reiterated her statement, saying, “Yeah, that could be a women’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.”
While she made it clear that she would not agree with such a decision in any case, the fact that she stated it should be left up to each woman to make her own, personal decision is certainly a bright step in the right direction. As the GOP’s war on women continues (despite Perry’s denial of that fact in the video, as well), the more allies — or semi-allies, however unwilling — we have, the better.
We should pray that the Republican Party continues to push policy and legislation against women, because if this move by Anita Perry has made anything remarkably clear, it’s the true danger the GOP is facing; women aren’t going to vote for their oppressive talking points any longer. They’re losing the war of demographics, and hopefully that really starts to show during the 2014 midterm election cycle.
In fact, that’s what Wendy Davis’ filibuster was all about. Women flooded the capitol building and internet, protesting the draconian anti-choice bill that has now been passed by the Texas state legislature, which will force dozens of women’s health clinics to shut down around the state, and limits abortions to 20 weeks, despite the fact that abortions after 20 weeks accounted for less than 2 percent of abortions in the state, and only in certain circumstances.
If women have anything to say about it, Rick Perry may not be in office too much longer. As NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue stated back in July,
“Gov. Rick Perry — known for being numerically challenged — has now shown that he’s also vocabulary-challenged,” Hogue said. “Trying to cover for his massive underestimation of the will of Texas women, he claimed that Wendy Davis’ historic filibuster was a ‘hijacking of the democratic process.’ But we know what democracy is. Democracy is 200,000 people watching a live stream of a floor debate after cable news has cut away. Democracy is 547,000 tweets with the hashtag ‘Stand with Wendy’ in a 12-hour period. And democracy is thousands of voices rising in a spontaneous chorus to prevent a vote and alter the course of history.”