The right-wing has danced around the issue of abortion for a while now, hiding behind limiting access to abortion services for women, restricting access to contraception and trying to defund Planned Parenthood, denying all along they had a specific agenda of targeting abortion services specifically. But we’re all painfully aware of their ultimate goal, which is to outlaw abortion completely for women, which would effectively transport them back to the dark ages.
And unless anyone is confused on their ultimate agenda, Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) is here to set the record straight (emphasis added):
“To be clear, my goal, and the goal of many of those joining me here today, is to make abortion, at any stage, a thing of the past. While Roe v. Wade prevents us from taking that step, it does allow states to do some things to protect life if they can show there is a compelling state interest. I don’t think there is any issue that better fits the definition of ‘compelling state interest’ than preventing the suffering of our state’s unborn.
“Last session, we passed, and I’m proud to say I signed, a law that prohibits abortion without the mother first having a sonogram, because we believe that unborn children deserve the respect of recognition before their lives are tragically cut short. This session, I’m calling on the legislature to strengthen our ban on the procedure, prohibiting abortion at the point a baby can feel the pain of being killed. We have an obligation to end that kind of cruelty.”