Cain signs anti-abortion pledge
November 22nd, 2011
01:52 PM ET
11 years ago

Cain signs anti-abortion pledge

(CNN) - One month after sparking a controversy over his stance against abortion rights, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is signing a leading social conservative group's anti-abortion pledge.

Tuesday the businessman and former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host put his name to the Susan B. Anthony List's "Pro-Life Presidential Leadership Pledge."

Programming note: GOP presidential candidates face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, November 22, in the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C.

"This decision is consistent with the Herman Cain we have come to know," Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA List, said in a statement. "He understands the wound abortion is to America and especially to the most vulnerable among us."

Cain stirred controversy last month in an interview on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." He said he was against abortion rights, but when asked about rape or incest, Cain said the government shouldn't have a say on those issues and the decision should be left to the family.

Some social conservatives slammed Cain for his remarks in the following days, prompting him to be much more vocal about his "pro-life" positions during campaign stops and interviews over the weekend.

In addition to Cain, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania have also signed the pledge. Rep. Thad McCotter of Michigan and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty also signed, but they have since dropped their bids for the GOP presidential nomination.

The Susan B. Anthony List says their pledge asks declared presidential candidates to commit to four key pro-life goals if elected to the presidency in 2012:

FIRST, to nominate to the U.S. federal bench judges who are committed to restraint and applying the original meaning of the Constitution, not legislating from the bench;

SECOND, to select only pro-life appointees for relevant Cabinet and Executive Branch positions, in particular the head of National Institutes of Health, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Health & Human Services;

THIRD, to advance pro-life legislation to permanently end all taxpayer funding of abortion in all domestic and international spending programs, and defund Planned Parenthood and all other contractors and recipients of federal funds with affiliates that perform or fund abortions;

FOURTH, advance and sign into law a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion.

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Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Herman Cain
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. republicanshate women, eventheirOWNmothers

    'He understands the wound abortion is to america and especially to the most vunerable among us'
    Marjorie Dannenfelser.
    Conservative women make Judas look like a team player.

    November 22, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Dixie AZ

    The no new tax pledge, the marriage pledge (which Cain hasn't signed), now a no abortion pledge. Republicans are dangerous crackpots one and all. And they dis shia law. They want to bring their religious laws into government, but
    that's different because they are christian. Oh sure.

    November 22, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Rick Perry signs controversial anti-gay marriage pledge !

    I feel safier !

    November 22, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Straight Shooter

    The difference between Republicans and Democrats is that Dems think for themselves and want everyone to have the freedom to do so, while Republicans want to pass laws stating that everyone has to let someone else think for them and it has to be someone they want to think for everyone else.

    November 22, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    "Abortion needs to be legal for the simple reason that it will happen if its legal or not. It needs to be safe, and controlled."
    Using your "logic", murder, rape, and arson should all be legal as well. As long as they're safe and controlled, correct?

    November 22, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    cf wrote:

    Pro-fetus is NOT pro-life. These people are not pro-life.
    Atually, most conservative politicians could really care less about abortions. All that they really want is voter demographic that votes for Republicans and conservatives. If being a defender of social issues garners votes, then they will say and do whatever it takes to win the most votes. Both Republicans and Democrats are guilty of this practice. I'll let you be the judge of which party is more guilty of this than the other.

    November 22, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. A True Centrist

    Enough with the pledges...what is wrong with these people? You are running for President of the United States, you can not sign pledges to do/or not to do anything, including raising taxes, gay marriage, abortion etc.

    November 22, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. A True Centrist

    I'm not a crusader on this issue other than partial birth abortion. Anyone who would perform or voluntarily request a partial birth abortion should be incarcerated. For all of you who don't know...

    Partial Birth Abortion –

    The procedure is usually performed during the last trimester of gestation up to the end of the ninth month. The woman's cervix is dilated, and the abortionist grabs the baby's leg with forceps. Then he proceeds to pull the baby into the birth canal. The abortionist then delivers the baby's body, feet first, all but the baby's head. The abortionist inserts a sharp object into the back of the baby's head, removes it, and inserts a vacuum tube through which the brains are sucked out. The head of the baby collapses at this point and allows the aborted baby to be delivered lifelessly.

    SICK, SICK, SICK, SICK...I don't care if you are religious or not, only a sick individual could do this.

    November 22, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. bc runner

    Where is Stevie? I am waiting to hear that he is sending more money to Cain's camgaign. Where are Stevie??

    November 22, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. vet in texas

    Let's just imagine for a second, that then candidate Sen. Obama signed the following pleges by the following people

    A pledge written by Louis Farrakhan that as president Obama wouldn't kill any muslims

    A pledge written by Al Sharpton that he won't cut spending on social programs

    A pledge written by the oil companies that he will lower operational safety requirements

    A pledge written by Vegas sports betting assoc. (don't think it exists) that he won't go after online gambling

    A pledge written by GM that he won't push for an electric car.......

    There isn't anything illegal about signing said pledges, but if he did, what do you think Limbaugh, Coulter, Levin, and Hannity will talk about?

    Exactly! All reading republicans of this post, please hold your candidates to the same standards that you are expecting of President Obama to stand by, because if you don't any any of the current list of candidates get in office, they have already signed a promise to funnel monies to all of these foundations who wrote the pledges, it's the penalty of winning.

    November 22, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. A True Centrist

    @ StraightShooter – "The difference between Republicans and Democrats is that Dems think for themselves and want everyone to have the freedom to do so, while Republicans want to pass laws stating that everyone has to let someone else think for them and it has to be someone they want to think for everyone else."

    Actually, it's the complete opposite. You must not be all that informed and really should become so before posting on this board. The Democrats want a stronger government and more control (i.e. higher taxes so the government can decide what to do with the money and not the individual, do not want to privatize social security so people can make their own invenstment decisions, a healthcare mandate requiring people to purchase healthcare, won't allow private companies to move to right to work states). On the other hand, Republicans these days want the government to pretty much do nothing which doesn't work either...heck, Ron Paul even wants to eliminate the military and move to state by state militias.

    As I've always said, a smart balance between the two is where we need to be.

    November 22, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. emmy skadittle

    I am really tired of these pledges to special interest groups that give the most campaign contributions

    November 22, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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