Skip to comments.Cain: I'm "pro-life from conception, period"
Posted on 10/30/2011 10:08:40 AM PDT by markomalley
Herman Cain again attempted to clarify his position on abortion Sunday, declaring on CBS' "Face the Nation" that "I am pro-life from conception, period" - and that he does not support exceptions even for victims of rape and incest.
"I am pro-life from conception, period. If people look at many speeches that I have given over the years, that has and will still be my position," Cain told CBS' Bob Schieffer.
Cain's position on abortion has been questioned in recent weeks, after the candidate suggested in an interview on CNN that decisions about abortion should be left to families, not the government.
"What I'm saying is, it ultimately gets down to a choice that that family or that mother has to make," Cain said in that interview. "Not me as president, not some politician, not a bureaucrat. It gets down to that family. And whatever they decide, they decide. I shouldn't have to tell them what decision to make for such a sensitive issue."
Cain has since maintained his pro-life stance on abortion, but many have said his comments seem to indicate otherwise.
Cain said today that the CNN interview was "taken totally out of context" and suggested that his comments were misrepresentative of his actual beliefs.
"So in other words you don't... would not even believe in abortion if rape, incest or the health of the mother was involved?" asked Schieffer.
"Yes, that's my position," he said. "Thanks for having me clear that up."
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If abortion is outlawed and a woman decides to go to a back alley for her abortion, Cain is absolutely correct. That is HER decision.
Perhaps if back alley abortions came back, there would be fewer abortions and A LOT more women keeping their legs closed.
That particular statement was about ADOPTION.
He also did very well ti cite Margaret Sanger who founded Planned Parenthood on the basis of eugenics. Cain was more direct and I’m hoping that every liberal black person was watching and goes out to check it for themselves.
Cain has the focus of the media to be able to now tear down the Wizard’s curtain, forever.
This template is the media strategy for Cain: "Once again, Cain is attempting to clarify and reverse a prior statement." In reality, he was consistent from the start.
Yes he did. Margaret’s main focus was to eliminate the black race.
Remember that gigantic ad in NYC they were forced to take down....”The most dangerous place for a black baby is in it’s mothers womb”.
How much more "clarification" is needed for goodness sakes!
Why is there never debate on the issue of Abstinence?
When I was growing up, you didn’t have sex until you were married. I have no idea what the numbers are on abortion 40 years ago vs. now. But I do know that NO ONE talks about NOT HAVING SEX in the first place.
All everyone talks about is what happens after two people, who have absolutely not planned to have a child together, end up with the female pregnant. And by “end up with the female being pregnant,” I mean having sex for the sake of sex, not for the sake of making love in a committed relationship with the intent of creating a family.
We have focused so much on the abortion argument that we have absolutely lost sight of the bigger issue: The morality of rampant sex, particularly in younger people.
To me, talking about abortion (while a completely worthwhile topic) is the finger in the dam. How about we repair the dam by preventing the pregnancies in the first place? How about we get back to a more moral base and encourage our children to abstain from sex until they are (a) mature enough to handle it, (b) married, and (c) able to plan for a pregnancy, rather than having an “oops” pregnancy.
’ “So in other words you don’t... would not even believe in abortion if rape, incest or the health of the mother was involved?” asked Schieffer.
“Yes, that’s my position,” he said. “
In 2004 , Cain supported an exception if the life of the mother was threatened.
In 1998 , he supported multiple exceptions.
Interview with his trade group magazine, The National Restaurant News ;
Too many people in the electorate are single-issue voters, he commented, and to try and cater to the single-issue voters
and the single-issue pockets out there felt like
I was compromising my beliefs.
As an example, with the pro-life and pro-abortion debate,
the most vocal people are on the ends.
I am pro-life with exceptions,
and people want you to be all or nothing.
He added, I am not a social-issue crusader.
I am a free-enterprise crusader.
Without easily verifiable sources, the progression you claim for Cain’s view is one that is increasingly pro-life.
Only parents can instill the values you espouse and parents now don't believe in them. It's not the proper role of gov't to provide moral teaching. It will fail every time when it's not simply reinforcing values in the home.
I’m so glad you get it. It was dismaying in the past couple of weeks to see the Perrytistas try to distort this response from Cain. I thought they were brain dead or just in a lather over Ricardo’s Marlboromanliesque. I’m still thinking that’s their motivation, they’re probably not quite brain dead... that Mrs. C can post as if she had 6 hands.
Exactly. And that is how I have viewed not only Cain's but Palin's approach to the subject. In true chicken and egg fashion, which comes first, the law or the culture? A law written in total defiance of the culture has no force. It truly is just words on paper. Enforcement flows from belief. Both Palin and Cain have emphasized that the truly fundamental change that will make it safer to be an unborn child will be the first line of defense, a broad cultural acceptance of the value of human life. Good laws will follow good culture.
Somehow I missed the interview where he go tripped up or something. All I have ever seen is Mr. Cain saying he was 100% pro-life. He even expressed his position clearly to the horror of the liberal vipers on The View. Unfortunately it is his fellow conservative contenders who are doing their very best to create confusion on this.
“..even believe in abortion if rape, incest or the health of the mother was involved?”
I do not agree with Cain on this issue. A woman that has been raped or impregnated by a relative or her life is in danger should have the choice to terminate the pregnancy.