Anyone Believe Herman Cain is Not Pro-Life?

As I watched Herman Cain try to explain comments and reactions he made about abortion this past week, I knew he had created new problems for himself, not because anyone who knows anything about Cain would believe he is pro-abortion, but because he has not been clear, and now he has given a tidy gift to his opponents on both sides of the aisle.

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From everything I have read, and from interviews I have watched of Cain on abortion, the pieces come together to hold that he believes abortion should not be legal, including in the event of rape or incest, and will sign legislation to make it illegal, if he has the opportunity to do so. In the meantime, abortion is legal, and families can make their own decision whether to birth or abort, regardless of his own opinion.

July 14, 2011 – Cain interview with John Stossel (beginning at 3:40 into the second video below.)

STOSSEL: Abortion – You are against abortion

CAIN: I am Pro-Life from conception, yes

STOSSEL: Any cases where it should be legal?

CAIN: I don’t think Government should make that decision

STOSSEL: So women should be free to abort…

CAIN: I support life from conception. No people should not be free to just abort. If we don’t protect the sanctity of life from conception, we will also start to play God relative to life at the end of life.

STOSSEL: I’m confused about your position.

CAIN: I’m Pro-Life, period.

STOSSEL: If a woman is raped, she should not be allowed to end the pregnancy?

CAIN: That’s her choice. That is not Government’s choice. I support life from conception.

STOSSEL: So abortion should be legal?

CAIN: No, abortion should not be legal. I believe in the sanctity of life.

STOSSEL: I’m not getting…not understanding…If it’s her choice, that means it’s legal.

CAIN:  No. I don’t believe a woman should have an abortion. Does that help to clear it up?

STOSSEL: Even if she is raped?

CAIN: Even if she is raped, or is the victim of incest because there are other options. We must protect the sanctity of life, and I have always believed that.

Uncharacteristically, Stossel moved on. Where was the question asking, as president, will you seek to bring down Roe vs Wade?

Robert Stacy McCain at The Other McCain reminds us that Cain spent $1 Million dollars in 2006 to urge Blacks to vote Pro-Life (find Cain Iowa polling data here also). One Million dollars makes a statement, and a loud one.

Washington, DC ( — With the balance of power in Congress hanging in the air, a leading African American businessman says black voters in the United States should put their historical pro-life values above political party. That means voting for pro-life candidates rather than supporting Democratic candidates across the board.

Herman Cain is best known as the former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. He is a political commentator and was a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

“More and more African Americans are pro-life,” Cain said in a statement obtained. “Our message to African Americans is simple — it’s time you vote for candidates who support our values.”

Cain will underscore that message with a $1 million advertising campaign in key states and congressional districts targeting black radio programs and urban radio stations young African Americans enjoy. Some of the ads focus on abortion…

The ads are funded by Americas PAC, a Cain-backed organization, which former Al Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile said did a great job in turning out black pro-life votes.

Today Cain has this statement on his website:

“Yesterday in an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN, I was asked questions about abortion policy and the role of the President.

I understood the thrust of the question to ask whether that I, as president, would simply “order” people to not seek an abortion.

My answer was focused on the role of the President. The President has no constitutional authority to order any such action by anyone. That was the point I was trying to convey.

As to my political policy view on abortion, I am 100% pro-life. End of story.

I will appoint judges who understand the original intent of the Constitution. Judges who are committed to rule of law know that the Constitution contains no right to take the life of unborn children.

I will oppose government funding of abortion. I will veto any legislation that contains funds for Planned Parenthood. I will do everything that a President can do, consistent with his constitutional role, to advance the culture of life.”

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Cain’s Republican challengers smell blood. At the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition today, Texas Governor Rick Perry said this:

“Pro-life is not a matter of campaign convenience, it is a core conviction,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry told the crowd as he listed the anti-abortion rights legislation he signed into law in the state of Texas.

“It is a liberal canard to say I am personally pro-life but government should stay out of that decision,” Perry said, without naming Cain. “If that is your view, you are not pro-life, you are pro having your cake and eating it too.  We respect life, we respect life as a gift of God and what God has created, we should always work to protect.”

Cain responded that Perry was distorting his words.

At the same venue, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann said:

“I support a constitutional amendment to define life from conception until natural death, and I would support all pro-life language that comes across my desk,” Bachmann said.

More from former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum:

“You want to know why I’m pro-life? God showed me if you are faithful, he will be faithful,” Santorum told the crowd, who fell silent as the former senator shared his personal family story.

Santorum also knocked Cain for the abortion comments, saying they are “right out of the pro-choice playbook.”

“I just can’t conceive [that] coming out of someone who says that they’re pro-life,” Santorum said. “It just would never come out of my mouth.  It would never come out of anybody who has an understanding of what the pro-life movement is about and so I understand he’s backtracked, but it’s not the first time he’s said it.”

Is there anyone out there thinking Herman Cain is Pro-Choice? Apparently, so and all of them are Republican presidential candidates. The other side of the aisle will quote Cain relentlessly on signing legislation to kill Roe vs Wade (should Cain become a threat). Mr. Cain MUST be clearer when he speaks publicly. He’s killing the messenger, which is himself.

Just breaking as I finish up here, I’ve learned there was a “mysterious,” (or maybe not so mysterious) attack on Herman Cain last night in Iowa. Those details here.

The first video below is the offending snippet of Cain with Piers Morgan – the snippet that has other Republican presidential candidates smelling blood. Remember as you listen that abortion is legal in the U.S. Families are free to make up their own decisions to birth or abort, so long as the aborting option is made in a timely manner. That is not likely to change. It is settled law.  The Stossel “abortion” discussion is in the third video, beginning at about 3:40 mins.

Herman Cain with Piers Morgan on Abortion (video)

Herman Cain with John Stossel on Abortion (video)

Herman Cain CBN Interview – Explaining his Abortion Remarks (video)

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook

  • Seems a desperate gamble for Perry, he must think he’s in real trouble: the mud is unlikely to stick (on this issue, anyway), and Rick Perry’s making it real, real hard for principled people to vote for him… if it becomes common knowledge he’s trying to destroy Cain like this he’s finished for 2012

  • I never doubted that Herman is pro-life, but people like Perry (who I can’t stand) take a big gamble beating him up over this because they assume that we’re all hardcore social conservatives and the fact of the matter is, there’s a reason why it’s called the Big Tent, we’re NOT all hard core social conservatives and the A-bomb is not the be all end all single issue to determine whether many of us will vote for a person. Those beating up on Cain assume that we’re all a bunch of one trick ponies, when the truth is that there are many different types of conservatives, for instance, my top issue is that a candidate deal appropriately with the persistent threat we face from islam. Perry disqualifies himself in that area for me, so I don’t care where he stands on abortion, I don’t want him as the nominee because he is an islamoblow like Chris Christie.

  • Saint Ricky Santorum and holy momma Bachmann attack Cain’s total honesty because they know it plays well with the ignorant(of the constitution among other things) Religious Far Right. Perry is enjoying the free ride that this group has given him so far but that tire is coming off quickly it seems.
    But overall,they will ride the “Values Bus” into the ditch and give us 4 more years of the most genocidal president in history, Obama.