Cain’s Abortion Muddle

Oct 20 2011 @ 5:57pm

The right is starting to worry about Cain's fidelity to pro-life orthodoxy after the above interview. Dan Amira notes this isn't the first time Cain has given this bizarre answer, but Tim Murphy thinks this is just a verbal flub. Amanda Marcotte tries to make sense of Cain's position. So does Amy Sullivan:

[Cain is] not saying there should be no exceptions in law for cases of rape or incest. He’s saying he personally believes women who have been raped should not choose to abort. What the rest of us know, of course, is that the abortion debate is not between those who believe abortion is a wonderful right that should be exercised as often as possible and those who believe abortion is a right but wish women wouldn’t use it. Both of those positions are pro-choice. And so is the stance that Cain describes.

Weigel expects Cain to walk back the remarks. Jonathan Bernstein thinks it's the beginning of the end for the Hermanator:

Republicans certainly would never nominate anyone who was actually pro-choice, and anti-abortion activists won’t forgive anyone who stumbled this badly on the issue, even if he walks it back back (as I expect he will) and clarifies that he misspoke himself and he’s actually 100% pro-life. So this is at the very least a severe blow to his campaign. Given that he’s not a serious candidate, it gives Republicans a clean shot at bashing him for long enough to finally remove him from the top of the polls. As such, it can be seen as a lucky break for Republicans who know that it’s really not a good idea to have a presidential candidate who can’t manage to put three sentences together on most topics without an embarrassing gaffe.