Gingrich: "I Wouldn't Make Exceptions" for Abortion, Even in Cases of Rape and Incest

 Newt Gingrich explicitly told a voter in Iowa this afternoon that he opposes all abortions, even in cases of rape and incest, joining fellow GOP presidential candidates Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry in staking out the most radical position on a woman’s right to choose. Gingrich did promise to form programs that would provide counseling to women who find themselves in such situations:

Q: I know you’re pro-life, but do you make exceptions for rape and incest?

GINGRICH: No, I wouldn’t make exceptions. What I would try to do is create a program that would enable women in those circumstances to have support and help them through whatever process they needed both in terms of counseling and in terms of if they wanted to give up the baby for adoption.

Gingrich has repeatedly said that he believes that life begins at conception, and even endorsed a federal personhood amendment. He has, however, previously supported exemptions for rape and incest, telling CBS’ Face the Nation in 1995, “I think you should have funding in the case of rape or incest or life of the mother, which is the first step.”

Think Progress / By Igor Volsky | Sourced from

Posted at January 3, 2012, 10:48am

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