Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - After sparking questions regarding his position on abortion, Herman Cain tried to drive a stake through any doubt about his pro-life stance on Saturday.
At the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition in Des Moines, the Republican presidential nominee reiterated his views against abortion - then went further so as to leave no room for speculation.
Mentioning the unalienable rights ingrained in the nation's founding documents, Cain said "that among these are life, from conception - no abortions, no exceptions."
Later, event organizers asked Cain: what would he do as president to prevent abortion on demand and defend traditional marriage?
On marriage, Cain sounded a familiar refrain of conservatives: that he would push for a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
Then Cain expanded on the abortion issue with a list of action items in a Cain administration.
"In terms of preventing abortion on demand, I would not sign any legislation where government funded abortion," Cain said.
He added: "I would not sign any legislation that, in a way, allowed the government to get involved in it. I would strengthen all of our current laws that prevent abortion. I believe that abortion should be illegal across this country. And I would work to de-fund Planned Parenthood. And I would make sure that I appoint judges that will enforce the constitution - no activist judges. And I would also make sure that we didn't allow any bureaucrats to get in the way in order to protect the life of the unborn."
Cain apparently hoped to drive a stake through a controversy created by his own words.
While discussing the issue of abortion on CNN's Piers Morgan on Wednesday, the conservative businessman unequivocally said he is pro-life. But when asked about cases of rape or incest, Cain said it should not be the government's role to weigh in on such matters.
"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."
That caused some to accuse Cain of being personally pro-life but not staunchly against the legalization of abortion.