Friday, October 21, 2011

Cain: It should be illegal for rape victims to have abortion

On Fox News this afternoon, Herman Cain spent literally three minutes trying to explain his position on abortion.

Here's the key part, though.

Martha MacCallum asks him if he believes it should be legal for a rape victim to have an abortion.

FOX HOST MARTHA MACCALLUM: Do you believe that abortion should be legal in this country for families who want to make that decision [to abort]?

CAIN: No. I do not believe abortion should be legal in this country, if that's the question.

MACCALLUM: So then you're saying that if those circumstances come up and the family does make that decision, that they decide that that is the best thing for this young person or she decides that on her own, then if that's what they decided, then it would be an illegal abortion that they would seek.

CAIN: It would be an illegal abortion! Look, abortion should not be legal -- that is clear -- but if that family made a decision to break the law, that's their decision.

Now, try to square that with the original comments on Morgan's show.

"It comes down to 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.

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."

He's taking two completely different sides. In the Fox interview today, he thinks abortion should be illegal in the rape scenario, but in Morgan's interview, he thought the government shouldn't have a say, at all, in it.

Btw, another say-what? moment from the Fox interview comes here -- when he tells us what he really meant during the Morgan interview (emphasis added).

"When he [Morgan] then tried to pigeon-hole me on my granddaughter being there as as a victim of rape, then what would I do?

The only point I was trying to make: a lot of families would be in that position, and they're not going to be thinking 'Well, what does the government want me to do?'

My position is no abortion. My position is no abortion, but all I was trying to point out was: take the typical family in this country, and you don't know what they might do in the heat of the moment."