Rick Perry, Poster Boy for Anti-Choice Lobbyists
Texas Gov. Rick Perry declared his candidacy for president on Saturday, and Americans are quickly learning more about him.
One thing we've learned is that he's extremely hostile to a woman's right to choose. Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, wrote a post here on Blog for Choice highlighting the governor's record on choice. (Hint: it's bad.)
Now we're starting to learn about his anti-choice ties. Only four days into his campaign, and Gov. Perry has agreed to co-chair a gala for Americans United for Life (AUL), according to The American Independent.
AUL is a notorious and radical anti-choice lobbying organization that develops model legislation that's been pivotal in the War on Women. Last year, the AUL showcased Perry's praise for the group's annual report on anti-choice legislation in the states:
This year's AUL legal guide, Defending Life 2010, provides a valuable resource for prolife leaders. This state-by-state scorecard of progress in the effort to defend life lets elected officials, grassroots activists and citizens know exactly where we are on our shared priority. I am proud that the report reflects the sweeping reforms we have enacted in Texas, saving thousands of lives in the process. This is not a book you leave on the shelf to collect dust. This information is ammunition in a fight that is far from over. I know you will find this guide informative and useful as you continue to promote and protect life in your state.
Texas has received an F in our Who Decides? report since Gov. Perry has been in office. So clearly, he has spent a good portion of his time in office taking away a woman's right to choose.
One more thing we've learned about Gov. Perry: whatever he does, he does it big. So when he says he'll push an anti-choice platform, we'd better believe he means it.