by Morgan Smith
December 27, 2011
OSCEOLA, Iowa — At a town hall meeting tonight, Gov. Rick Perry said that he no longer supported abortion in cases of rape and incest.
As he responded to a question from the audience, Perry said he had undergone a “transformation” after viewing the film A Gift of Life, narrated by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and talking with Rebecca Kiessling, who was conceived during a rape. “She looked me in the eye and said ‘I am the product of a rape,’ and she said, ‘my life has worth,” Perry said.
Joshua Verwers, a Sheraton pastor, asked the governor to reconcile what he had told him in November at the Iowa Faith and Freedom dinner — that he was against abortion, except in cases of rape, incest or when it was necessary to save the life of the mother — with his signature on a pledge from the anti-abortion group Personhood USA that bans abortion under any circumstances.