Cain: “Not Telling The Truth If You Say I’m Not Pro-Life”

Politics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 28, 2011   |   4:24PM   |   Washington, DC

The campaign of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has released another statement on the businessman’s position on abortion. Cain says anyone who say he is anything other than pro-life on abortion is wrong.

“I am pro-life, and believe in advancing the culture of life. My record as a pro-life candidate speaks for itself,” Cain said the new statement, according to CNN. “Anyone who says differently is simply not telling the truth. Next question.”

Cain also, on Thursday at the campaign stop in Texas, said he is “pro-life, no exceptions,” but Fox indicates a campaign spokesman says Cain takes the same position on abortion as President George W. Bush, who was pro-life on abortions except in cases of rape or incest. The advisor also reportedly said Cain “has learned more about the issue” including about women who become pregnant after rape.

Meanwhile, J.D. Gordon, a Cain senior advisor who is the Vice President for communications for the Cain campaign, also sough to underscore Cain’s pro-life views in a new statement he provided to Alveda King, a pro-life African-American activist who is the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“As President Mr. Cain will uphold the prolife movement legislatively,” Gordon said. “But one cannot legislate morality in this situation. That’s the point he was trying to make in the Piers Morgan interview, but it was taken completely out of context.”

“Yes, as President he will work to advance a culture of life. To stop abortion, winning the legal battle is not enough. We also have to win the moral battle, so that families make fully informed decisions. Mr. Cain believes that life begins at conception — and supports life until natural death,” Gordon added.

“As a culture, we cannot end abortion until we 1) accept that human life begins at conception and 2) understand that a human at the earliest stage of development is every bit as human as one in a later stage of development, out of the womb,” Gordon continued. “A baby is no less human than an adult. The same principle applies in the womb. This is a civil rights issue. It has spiritual implications.”

“Choices like these are not made by legislators. While politicians may have the power to make abortion illegal, the most important thing is to make people understand and respect life enough at all stages of development, from beginning to end,” he concluded.

Yesterday, a group of black pro-life leaders released a statement to LifeNews saying Cain is pro-life and basing that call on “his clear Pro-Life position and years of participation to end the staggering abortion rate in the Black community and in the general population of America.”

Cain has advanced the pro-life cause throughout his political career but came under fire this past week when he gave an interview to CNN on Wednesday in which he used typical “pro-choice” language about government not making abortion decisions for women that applied, depending on the listener, to either abortions in the case of rape and incest or abortion policy in general. Either way, pro-life advocates have been disappointed following the comments and they have called on Cain to clarify the comments — which he did in a short message on twitter later in the day saying he is “100% pro-life.”

After his interview with CNN, Cain released a statement saying he is fully pro-life, saying he will appoint the kind of judges who would be inclined to consider reversing Roe v. Wade, and adding that he opposes taxpayer funding of abortions or the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

He followed that up with a Fox News interview where he said he repeatedly that he wants abortions to be made illegal and he then told CBN’s David Brody that he would support a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution to afford legal protection for the 1.2 million unborn children who die in abortions annually since the Roe v. Wade decision.