Anti-Abortion Group Presses Perry For Clarity
The Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion advocacy group, wants clarity from Texas Gov. Rick Perry, following comments the governor and possible presidential candidate made about deciding legality of abortion at the state level.
"You either have to believe in the 10th Amendment or you don't," Perry told reporters in Houston Wednesday, according to ABC News. "You can't believe in the 10th Amendment for a few issues and then [for] something that doesn't suit you say, 'We'd rather not have states decide that.'"
The group points out that Perry also said at a speech in Los Angeles last month that "somehow, the folks in Washington have forgotten, or chosen to ignore, the overriding responsibility of every government: to protect citizens at every stage in life, especially those who cannot protect themselves."
"Governor Perry has been a long time friend of the pro-life movement and we welcome and appreciate all the work he has done for women and unborn children as Governor," said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. "We agree that certainly there is a lot that can be done at the state level to reduce the number of abortion, but that does not diminish or eliminate the federal government's responsibility to protect human life in all of its stages."
The group's questioning of Perry suggests the governor's federalist streak -- which makes him popular among many conservatives -- could at times create an uncomfortable dynamic when viewed in conjunction with certain social issues.
Perry's spokesman, meanwhile, defended his boss's record on the issue of abortion.