Presidential candidate Herman Cain has been under fire in pro-Life circles since an interview on CNN last week, in which he made the following comments:
"It's not the government's role, or anybody's else's role to make that decision [about abortion]," Cain told CNN reporter Piers Morgan.
Naturally, pro-Life folks seeing the interview or reading about it were alarmed about the position Cain staked out - which sounds an awfully lot like a statement Hillary Clinton could make. Some of the campaigns, most notably Rick Santorum, jumped all over the quote - arguing that Herman Cain could not be trusted on abortion.
The problem for Cain is that this comment comes after he took a rather picayune view of the presidential questionnaire sent to him by the Susan B. Anthony List. (Only Cain and Romney refused to sign the four-point pledge). And Cain did not help himself much by rather casually responding to the budding controversy via Twitter with a simplistic: "I am 100% pro-Life".
Concerns began to develop that he was one of those politicians who is "personally pro-Life" - but who would not press to restore legal protections for preborn children.
So - who is Herman Cain and is he pro-Life?
Material has begun to surface since the CNN exchange which confirms that Herman Cain is a solid pro-Life Christian.
The first thing to understand is that the CNN interview included a very strong statement by Cain that he was pro-Life - to the point of opposing exceptions for rape and incest. In fact, the above-quoted statement was in the context of explaining his understanding that pregnancies stemming from rape or incest were intensely personal and difficult situations for women and families to deal with.
Secondly, there is an important column by Leon Wolf on the RedState website. He goes into some detail explaining Cain's historic involvement in the pro-Life movement while offering Cain an apology for initially (and rashly) accusing him to be "pro-choice". Wolf describes that Cain has donated huge amounts of money to the pro-Life movement - particularly a campaign targeting black voters, urging them to vote pro-Life. (We were aware that Cain is especially sensitive to Planned Parenthood's targeting of the black community).
Cain has also committed himself to supporting a Human Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
There really isn't much more that can be said about Cain, though some campaigns might try and drag this matter out. Mr. Cain has no doubt gained some valuable experience, and the rest of us have benefited by gaining a deeper understanding of his heart in this most crucial matter.