Silver Fiddle at Western Hero lays it out!
Herman Cain had a rough time explaining his abortion stance a few weeks back and has come under some pretty stiff criticism from all sides. He earned it with his one-man verbal ping pong match and inarticulate crab walk followed up by blatant pandering and backpedaling.
However, his cognitive incoherence and apparent contradictory beliefs speak for a broad section of America. Fellow Coloradoan Ross Kaminsky explains…
As heretical as this will sound to the GOP faithful, Herman Cain’s true position, as I read the man, is perhaps the best possible position for a candidate in an American presidential election. […]
…although Americans respond that they are pro-choice and pro-life in roughly equal proportions, there is a large subset of both groups — but a larger subset of pro-life — whose position is supportive of allowing abortion in certain cases. […]
Putting all this together: A statistically significant 12 percent more of the American adult population believes abortion is morally wrong than believe it is morally acceptable. Yet Americans also believe by an enormous 3-to-1 margin that abortion should be legal at least sometimes.
In other words, Americans, including a majority of those who call themselves pro-life, have an essentially libertarian view on abortion: it may be undesirable or wrong, but it is not the government’s role to enforce what most American believe to be a particular moral view rather than murder.
Kaminsky also points out that Cain can hardly be accused of being soft on abortion. He has spent one-million dollars of his own money on anti-abortion causes. Has Bachmann or Santorum done that?
I’m not quite so libertarian on this issue. I believe taking an innocent life is wrong. A fetus in a mother’s womb is an innocent life; therefore abortion is wrong. If this were a private issue between a woman and her doctor, it would be no one else’s business, least of all the state’s, but that’s not the case. Planned Parenthood runs for-profit abortion mills with taxpayer dollars, and I have a big problem with that.
Go read the rest, it will make you think if you are “pro-choice” and that is something I wish every one who is pro-choice would do, think!