Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Anita Perry echoes abortion claim by Carly Fiorina

Anita Perry fielded abortion questions in a Sept. 28 interview at the Texas Tribune Festival (Texas Tribune video).
Anita Perry fielded abortion questions in a Sept. 28 interview at the Texas Tribune Festival (Texas Tribune video).

Anita Perry, whose husband, Rick, has been governor since late 2000, suggested the changes in Texas abortion laws reached by the Republican-majority Legislature this summer aren't out of step with much of the planet.

"And I believe there are only four countries in the world that allow abortions after 20 weeks," Mrs. Perry said, adding that Texas belonged in the same category prior to the changes in law adopted this summer.

Her four-count, part of a Sept. 28 public interview at the Texas Tribune Festival, aligned with a similar claim made in August by former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina of California, who said in defense of the change in Texas law: "There are only four countries in the world that have -- that legalize abortion after five months -- China, North Korea, Canada and the U.S."

Setting five months as equal to 20 weeks, after which the changed Texas law restricts abortions, PolitiFact  rated Fiorina’s claim as Half True after identifying wrinkles including a couple of additional countries allowing abortions after 20 weeks of gestation.

We agreed. See the resulting fact check to the right.