After an outcry from pro-life advocates regarding statements made by Herman Cain in an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN yesterday, Cain issued a “clarifying” statement:
“I understood the thrust of the question to ask whether that I, as president, would simply “order” people to not seek an abortion. My answer was focused on the role of the President. The President has no constitutional authority to order any such action by anyone. That was the point I was trying to convey.”
The problem with this explanation is that his original statements on CNN went well beyond the President’s constitutional role:
“It’s not the government’s role, or anybody else’s role to make that decision,” Cain responded. “Secondly, if you look at the statistical incidence, you’re not talking about that big a number. 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.” . . . “I can have an opinion on an issue without it being a directive on the nation. The government shouldn’t be trying to tell people everything to do, especially when it comes to a social decision that they need to make.”
Hmm, “it’s not the government’s role?” That sounds very pro-choice to me! The government “or anybody else” clearly includes all three branches of government — Executive, Legislative, and Judicial, and it includes the Federal government and State governments. Cain’s clarifying statement is anything but clarifying and sounds a bit disingenuous to me. He has no legislative track record, and all we have to go by are his words. Herman Cain was asked a question which was clearly intended to challenge him — what about rape? And Herman Cain seriously failed this challenge.