Cain: Rape victims should be forced to carry pregnancies to term
At first, Cain offered a simple answer: ‘I’m pro-life from conception, yes.’ But when host Stossel asked whether there are any cases in which abortion should be legal (such as rape or incest), Cain then declared, ‘I don’t think government should make that decision.’ Recognizing the conflict, Stossel endeavored to clear up exactly where Cain stood on abortion — an attempt that led Cain to completely contradict himself by offering three different positions. He began with his anti-choice stance:
CAIN: I support life from conception. No people shouldn’t be free to abort because 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.
An understandably ‘confused’ Stossel then asks Cain whether a rape victim should have the right to get an abortion. Cain then offers position 2:
CAIN: That’s her choice. That’s not government choice. I support life from conception.
STOSSEL: So abortion should be legal.
CAIN: No abortion should not be legal.
A now thoroughly perplexed Stossel asserts, ‘I’m not getting it, I’m not understanding it’ and helps Cain understand the obvious flaw: ‘If it’s her choice, then that means it’s legal.’ Cain replies with position 3:
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 she is the victim of incest because there are other options. We must protect the sanctity of life and I have always believed that. Real clear.