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Gingrich Reaffirms Pro-Life Views, including that human life begins at Conception

by | Dec 6, 2011

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-Life Newt Gingrich and Pro-Abortion President Barack Obama

Pro-life former House Speaker and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has reaffirmed his pro-life views, which included affirming that he believes life begins at conception, not implantation. The clarification, sent to National Right to Life, follows on the heels of an interview with ABC’s Jake Tapper where Gingrich told Tapper that he believed human life begins with “Implantation and successful implantation.”

Embryology textbooks and leading experts overwhelmingly concur that a distinct, living and whole human organism comes into existence at conception. To take just one example, the authors of The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology (6thEdition.) explain, “Human development is a continuous process that begins when an oocyte is fertilized by a sperm…”

Mr. Gingrich began his statement with an unequivocal affirmation:

“As I have stated many times throughout the course of my public life, I believe that human life begins at conception. I believe that every unborn life is precious, no matter how conceived. I also believe that we should work for the day when there will be no abortions for any reason, and that every unborn child will be welcomed into life and protected by law.”

He went on to say that he has and will continue to support “pro-life legislation that not only limits, but also reduces, the total number of abortions, with a view to the eventual legal protection of all unborn human life.”

Gingrich next said that, as President, he would sign an executive order to reinstate the pro-life “Mexico City” policy first issued by President Ronald Reagan that denies overseas family-planning funds to private organizations that perform or promote abortion.

In addition Gingrich said, “I will also work with Congress to repeal Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood so that no taxpayer dollars are being used to fund abortions but rather transfer the money so it is used to promote adoption and other pro-family policies, and to enact legislation that provides greater protections for the unborn.”

He concluded his statement by adding

“As I have also made clear in several of my public pronouncements throughout this campaign, I oppose federal funding of any research that destroys a human embryo because we are also dealing here with human life.

“My convictions on human life are longstanding, deeply felt, and irrevocable matters of conscience. I will do all in my power – always – to foster reverence for life.”

In an interview published online December 2, Tapper asked Gingrich when he thought human life begins. Gingrich’s conclusion was that “Implantation and successful implantation.”

In the very same paragraph Gingrich told Tapper his position on embryonic stem cell research:

“In addition I would say that I’ve never been for embryonic stem cell research per se. I have been for, there are a lot of different ways to get embryonic stem cells. I think if you can get embryonic stem cells for example from placental blood if you can get it in ways that do not involve the loss of a life that’s a perfectly legitimate avenue of approach.”

He added,

“What I reject is the idea that we’re going to take one life for the purpose of doing research for other purposes.”

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