Melissa Harris-Perry: ‘Rick Perry wants to get all up in your uterus and take a picture’ | Raw Replay

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Filling in on the Rachel Maddow Show on Tuesday night, Tulane professor and MSNBC commentator Melissa Harris-Perry took Texas Governor and GOP Presidential candidate Rick Perry to task for supporting “government so small that you don’t even notice it” on the one hand and the inconsistency of supporting the Texas sonogram law on the other.

Harris-Perry said that Gov. Perry “wants the government to be so small that it doesn’t provide a social safety net, that it doesn’t support you when you grow old and retire and need health care. That’s big government and he wants to set us free from those shackles …So, Rick Perry’s version of small government conservativism means government so small it’s not there to help you.”

“Rick Perry wants to make the government so small you don’t event notice it …unless you’re a lady. In which case, Rick Perry wants to make the government so big that it can control the pregnancy of any given woman in Texas. On nearly every other issue, Rick Perry wants government to be practically non-existent. He wants government to be nowhere near you as a citizen. Not even if you want it or need it. But on this one issue, on the issue of abortion, he wants government to be right there with you. Handing your doctor a script, whispering in your ear, that you should be ashamed of yourself. Rick Perry wants to get all up in your uterus and take a picture.”

The Texas sonogram bill requires women to get a sonogram at least 24 hours before getting an abortion. It also requires doctors to describe the fetus to the woman. Critics of the Texas sonogram law, as Raw Story reported in March, say “the bill is really about shaming women into deciding against terminating a pregnancy.”

Key provisions of the bill, which were set to take affect on Thursday, have been blocked by a Federal judge because they violate a doctor’s First Amendment rights, among other things.

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  1. When I was in college, and president of my college’s College Republicans, we brought in a pro-life speaker who was one of those people who set me on the course that eventually led me out of the GOP.

    He spoke against abortion, yes, but he also said that he had very little respect for people who wanted to tell women that they couldn’t abort their pregnancies but then wouldn’t offer to help take care of those babies. Basically, his point was that if you weren’t willing to clean up diapers, pay medical bills, and get up for 3am feedings with the babies, then you should shut up.

    He redefined my sense of what it meant to be “pro-life,” to be sure.

    Perry just disgusts me.

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