Conception or Implantation, Which one is it Newt?


By Brian Hughes

At first glance Newt Gingrich comes off like he is Pro-Life but when looked at closer you find something quite disturbing. There’s an article on talking about Newt’s interview with ABC News’s Jake Tapper on Friday December 2nd. In this interview former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said he believes life does not start at conception but at “implantation and successful implantation” because if you say life begins at conception “you’re going to open up an extraordinary range of very difficult questions.”

Rep. Bachmann put out a statement on Friday, expressing disagreement with what Gingrich had told ABC News.

“Newt Gingrich stated today that life begins at implantation not at conception,” said Bachmann. “But those who are truly involved in the life issue know that life begins at conception. Additionally, the former speaker’s description of the life issue as ‘practical’ is a rejection of the most sacred principle that each and every life has value, a principle recognized by our founders in the Declaration of Independence of the most basic right with which every human is endowed. This along with his inconsistent record on life is just one more indication that Newt is not dedicated to protecting the lives of the unborn and doesn’t share the most basic of conservative principles.”

One of the questions that arise is, “Does Newt Gingrich support “The Morning After Pill” also known as the “Plan B Pill”? This pill aborts a pregnancy, if taken before implantation.

It seems that Newt Gingrich cannot make up his mind on this issue. At the Thanksgiving Family Forum Dr. Frank Luntz asked Newt the same question, “When do you believe life begins?” Newt responded, “I believe life starts at conception”.

Three weeks later on ABC News Mr. Gingrich changed his answer to “I believe life starts at implantation and successful implantation”. The next day Gingrich posted a statement on his campaign website saying he does believe “human life begins at conception”.

Gingrich’s campaign also posted a questionnaire he submitted to the National Right to Life Committee on Nov. 23 in which he stated that he believes abortions should be legal in cases of rape and incest.

In an interview that was conducted in Iowa on Friday and posted on the website of ABC News, Tapper asked Gingrich directly when he thinks human life begins.

“Abortion is a big issue here in Iowa among conservative Republican voters and Rick Santorum has said you are inconsistent,” Tapper told Gingrich. “The big argument here is that you have supported in the past embryonic stem cell research and you made a comment about how these fertilized eggs, these embryos are not yet ‘pre-human’ because they have not been implanted. This has upset conservatives in this state who worry you don’t see these fertilized eggs as human life. When do you think human life begins?”

Gingrich responded: “Well, I think the question of being implanted is a very big question. My friends who have ideological positions that sound good don’t then follow through the logic of: ‘So how many additional potential lives are they talking about? What are they going to do as a practical matter to make this real?

These inconsistencies should be taken into consideration before we elect another politician that will say one thing and do another. After having three and half years of being lied to, we need to elect someone that we can trust will do what he says and has the record to prove it.

senator-rick-santorum-for-president-2012That is why I support Senator Rick Santorum for President. He is consistent in what he says and has a track record to prove it. Even if you don’t agree with something he says at least you know he won’t change his mind just to get a vote. That is integrity and good character, which are two things our next President needs to have.

Rick Santorum is a champion of faith, family and life. You can trust Santorum because he does what he says and has the record to prove it.


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