TX Governor Perry Mansplains Away Wife's Support of Woman's Right to Choose

For fear that his wife's comments could be interpreted as a perspective different than his own, Rick Perry quickly affirmed yesterday that his wife "misspoke" when she said this weekend at the Texas Tribune Festival that abortion  "is a woman's right."

"That could be a woman's right, just like it's a man's right if he wants to have some kind of procedure," the Texas First Lady told Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith.

This statement recognizing bodily autonomy was apparently just an accident of misplaced words that happens when you let a woman speak her mind, according to Governor Perry.

"From time to time we'll stick the wrong word in the wrong place, and you pounce upon it," Perry said at a campaign event for U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan in New Jersey, who is running against Democrat Corey Booker.

Obviously, no mansplaining task is too difficult for Governor Perry, even if it is speaking over his wife - remember, this is the same guy who mainsplained his way through forcing the most abhorrent restrictions on reproductive health care in the history of our state. Suppressing women's voices is something that has gotten easier over time for Rick Perry, and is evident because he doesn't have qualms with doing the same thing to his wife.

Several other Republican office holders have had women in their families with differing points of view: George W. Bush's daughter Barbara said she was "glad Obamacare passed," and Cindy and Meghan McCain, are strong supporters of LGBT rights. Did at any time the men of these families attempt to rephrase or mansplain the thoughts and opinions of their wives or daughters? No. They did what decent fathers and husbands do, they respected their family's opinions to the extent that they didn't publicly dismiss them try to rephrase their words and actions within their own ideology.

Even though Anita Perry did not say she supported the procedure herself and continued to reinforce the support of her husband's policies, it was still too reasonable for Rick Perry, who has continued to oppose abortion even in the most severe cases such as rape, incest, or threatening the life of the parent.

Unfortunately, it seems this short glimmer of reasoning will just go down as another "oops" in the history of the Perry family.

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