Last night Herman Cain, running for nomination for the Republican Presidential ticket sat down with Piers Morgan of CNN – during the discussion, the topic of abortion was brought up.
Here’s the full, un-edited section of the interview where Morgan asks Herman about abortion:
Cain, who has touted himself as pro-life, reiterated this in the interview when he stated,
“I believe that life begins at conception. And abortion under no circumstances.”
Morgan then brought up the rape/incest question which was where Cain started to back-track. Note that The below comments were made explicitly in reference to cases where a woman has conceived through rape. Emphases mine,
“No, it comes down to it’s not the government’s role or anybody else’s role to make that decision. Secondly, if you look at the statistical incidents, you’re not talking about that big a number. So what I’m saying is it ultimately gets down to a choice that that family or that mother has to make.
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 tells us that he is against abortion in all circumstances – but that nobody, including the Government has the right to prevent the abortion of a rape-conceived baby. The question is, what is it about abortion that makes Cain think that it is unacceptable?
Then today, Cain stated that his comments on CNN had been misconstrued, and subsequently released a statement in which he proceeded to misconstrue his own comments from the night before,
“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 percent pro-life. End of story.”
I’m going to go ahead and call this what it is – an out and out lie. Cain’s spin team has attempted to re-write Morgan’s question regarding the rape/incest exception, however it is blatantly false.
No matter how you try to spin it, Morgan was not asking whether Cain thought the president had the authority to order mothers to not have abortions. Likewise, Cain’s response was not – as he said, “focused” on his role as the President. In fact his answer focused on the following parties, in this order:
- anybody else
- the mother herself
It is clear that Cain’s answer was not focused on the president’s role in ruling on abortion in cases of rape/incest. Instead his answer was all-encompassing: an answer which any pro-choice advocate would be proud of.
The question here is not, “is abortion in cases of abortion/incest acceptable.” Rather the question is, can Herman Cain who wants to become President, be trusted to defend life – or to do anything else he has said he will do?
I would strongly support a president who would push to end abortion except in cases of rape/incest – it’s not perfect, but it would be a lot better than any recent presidents. However I could not support a man who lies and distorts his message to the point that we just don’t have a clear idea of where he stands on abortion at all.