Condoleeza Rice Says She Backs Abortion, Won’t Run For President

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 14, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Condoleeza Rice Says She Backs Abortion, Won’t Run For President Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 14, 2005

Washington, DC ( — Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is a powerful figure in Washington and one of the top names bandied about by those already looking at potential candidates for president in 2008. In recent interviews, she said she would not run and that she backed abortion.

Rice has previously indicated her support for abortion, despite being a Republican. She confirmed that stance Friday and told the Washington Times she was "mildly pro-choice."

"You know that I’m a deeply religious person" she said, before describing questions surrounding abortion as "extremely difficult moral issues."

"We’re facing issues with technology and the prolongation of life and the fact that very, very young babies are able to survive now, very small babies are able to survive," Rice told the Times. "These are great moral issues."

She indicated she opposed late-term abortions or taxpayer funding for abortions but said she didn’t think the government should be "forcing its views on one side or the other."

That said, she told the Times that President Bush "has been in exactly the right place about this, which is we have to respect the culture of life and we have to try and bring people to have respect for it and make this as rare a circumstance as possible."

In an interview with "Meet the Press" on Sunday, NBC newsman Tim Russert asked Rice about her previous interview and the explanation of her position on abortion.

"It means that, like many Americans, I find the issue of abortion very difficult. I believe it ought to be as rare as possible. Nobody wants to see anyone go through that," Rice explained.

She told Russert she favored parental notification and bans on late-term abortions.

Ultimately, however, Rice indicated she was not "a fan of having the government intervene in the law." She confirmed she would not "outlaw" abortion.

Asked whether she favor President Bush’s policy of revoking funding from the UNFPA because the international agency has supported China’s population control policy of one child and forced abortions and sterilizations, Rice said yes.

"I happen to agree. I also am not someone who believes that federal funding ought to be used for something about which there is so much difference in America," she said.

Despite being on the short list of names that many political activists say will run for the presidency, Rice repeatedly said she will never run.

"I don’t have any desire or intention of running for President," she said. "I don’t want to run for President of the United States.