This won’t be a surprise to longtime readers, but I agree 100% with Atrios about Perry changing his position to oppose abortion in cases of rape or incest. These exemptions cannot be defended coherently, and they’re almost entirely worthless on the ground. Essentially, Perry’s new position amounts to arguing for the same policy in much less politically effective terms, so I say go right ahead.
Not, of course, that it isn’t barbaric to use state coercion to force a woman to bear her rapist’s child — but it’s barbaric for the state to coerce a woman to bear anyone’s child. That’s the fundamental issue.