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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Cain Still Explaining Abortion

Candidate still trying to clarify interview that got him into hot water with anti-abortion activists.

photo of Naureen Khan
November 1, 2011

If he didn’t have enough public relations problems already, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain continued to raise questions about his views on abortion Tuesday night.
Asked about the issue on the Fox News program Special Report with Brett Baier, Cain reiterated his anti-abortion credentials, as he has several times in the past few weeks: “I believe that abortion should be illegal. I’ve always felt that way. I believe life begins at conception.”
But explaining his comments on CNN’s Piers Morgan show two weeks ago when he said it the decision was best left to the woman and her family in some instances, Cain said: “But the point I was trying to make if a situation exists where they may consider some other alternative, then how will the law prevent that? That was the point I was trying to make.”
When pressed about which situations he was referring to, Cain would only say, “An extreme situation, very extreme situation.”
Asked if by those extreme situations, he meant rape and incest, Cain insisted:  “I do not have exceptions. No I do not. I am pro-life from conception.”

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