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Rick Perry Flip-Flops on Abortion After Seeing Pro-Life Movie
Rick Perry was actually for some abortions before he was against them.
The Texas Governor and presidential candidate told an Osceola, Iowa, town hall gathering Tuesday that he changed his views on abortion after seeing a pro-life documentary hosted by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Perry previously said he opposed abortion except in cases of rape and incest. But after seeing "The Gift of Life," a 2011 film produced by Citizens United, Perry now opposes the procedure altogether.
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Last week, Perry signed a pledge saying abortion should be banned in all cases.
Created by Personhood USA, an antiabortion group, the pledge also requires that candidates who sign it promise to advance laws and amendments, on the state and federal level, to recognize human beings as persons at every stage of development.
"You're seeing a transformation," the evangelical Christian said at Tuesday's Iowa event. "That transformation was after watching the DVD [of] 'Gift of Life.'"
He added, "I really started giving some thought to the issue of rape and incest. [There are] some powerful stories in that DVD," which was written and directed by Kevin Knoblock ("Border War: The Battle Over Illegal Immigration," "Celsius 41.11").
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Perry said he actually considered changing his position on abortion before seeing "The Gift of Life," after being approached by one of the activists featured in the film.
"[A] lady who was in [the movie] was looking me in the eye and said, 'You really need to think this through,'" he said. "She said, 'I am the product of a rape,' and she said, 'My life is worth [it].' It was a powerful moment for me."
Some are speculating that Perry may be shifting his stance on abortion in an attempt to position himself as the most socially conservative candidate vying for the GOP presidential ticket. On Tuesday, caucuses will be held in Iowa, which has a strong evangelical presence among its conservative contingency.
Perry is currently tied for fifth in the Iowa race, according to Public Policy Polling.
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