Cain seemed to contradict himself in the interview. He first said that he believes “that life begins at conception,” telling Piers Morgan: “Abortion under no circumstances.” Pressed on whether that includes cases of rape and incest, Cain seemed to say yes. (From the transcript: MORGAN: “Rape and incest?” CAIN:
“Rape and incest.”)
But Cain then accused his interviewer of “mixing two things here” and seemed to reverse himself, saying, “it’s not the government’s role or anybody else’s role to make that decision.”
“So what I’m saying is it ultimately gets down to a choice that that family or that mother has to make,” said Cain. “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 went on to say that “I can have an opinion on an issue without it being a directive on the nation.”
“The government shouldn’t be trying to tell people everything to do, especially when it comes to social decisions that they need to make,” he said. Representatives for Cain told CBS News they were working on a clarification of Cain’s comments on Thursday morning, but they have yet to provide one. The candidate posted a Tweet around 1:00 p.m. Eastern reading, “I’m 100% pro-life. End of story.”
Interesting. I’m all for the whole “less-government” thing… you know, being primarily libertarian, and all… but I also think that being pro-life is about as libertarian as you can get – that child has the right to life! Who are we to take that away? Regardless, if he thinks that life begins at conception, as he stated, then would not the government have a piece in that? If you believe life begins at conception, then it follows that “removing” that life is “killing” it, yes? Should the government not have a say in life and death? What are your thoughts, folks?
See my other posts regarding Herman Cain here.