For Newt, Human Life Begins at Implantation, not Fertilization

Yesterday, in an interview with ABC News’ Jake Tapper, 68-year-old Newt Gingrich — who has surged to become the frontrunner in the race to be the GOP’s presidential nominee — breaks away from many pro-life groups who believe that human life begins at fertilization.

Instead, Gingrich says his stance is that life begins at the point of successful implantation of the fertilized egg. In so doing, Gingrich — a recent (2009) convert to Catholicism — is also dissenting from the Roman Catholic Church’s position.

Newt with wife no. 3, Callista

This is what Gingrich said to Tapper:

“Well, I think the question of being implanted is a very big question. My friends who have ideological positions that sound good don’t then follow through the logic of: ‘So how many additional potential lives are they talking about? What are they going to do as a practical matter to make this real?’

I think that if you take a position when a woman has fertilized egg and that’s been successfully implanted that now you’re dealing with life. because otherwise you’re going to open up an extraordinary range of very difficult questions

Implantation and successful implantation [is when human life begins for me]. 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.

What I reject is the idea that we’re going to take one life for the purpose of doing research for other purposes and I think that crosses a threshold of de-humanizing us that’s very very dangerous.”

Despite his departure from their stance on when life begins, ever confident of himself, Gingrich is sure that he can win the vote of pro-life activists. Just as he’s sure that he will the GOP nominee.

Did you know that Newt Gingrich‘s birth name is Newton Leroy McPherson?

UPDATE (Dec. 6, 2011):

In a new statement the Gingrich campaign sent to LifeNews.com over the weekend, Newt now says he believes life begins at conception.

~Eowyn

10 responses to “For Newt, Human Life Begins at Implantation, not Fertilization

  1. If ANYBODY believes anything this BASTARD says they had better check into the nearest New World Order Camp, because if this asshole wins that’s where most of us will be. I wouldn’t trust this Bastard in a shithouse with a muzzle on. His lies are worse that Bama’s lies and the American (stupid) people are eating it up. Wake up America these Socialist Monkeys are EVERYWHERE! Newt needs put in prison for the crimes he has already committed and the ones he WILL commit. Newt is ONLY out for Newt, every Georgian knows that and the ones forgot how he was a draft dodger and married his teacher to hide from the draft. Rupert Murdoch OWNS the Sleeze Bag. He has already been in the habit of spending taxpayers money, even writing hot checkes, and you want him to be a president, you all had better wake up, this asshole is a crook, probably worse than Bama if you watch this piece of crap! Semper Fi.

    • Well Vic, I agree w/what you said. Although being a lady I wouldn’t have put it that way :)

      Guarantee you that not one of us conservatives here support Newt whatsoever. We’ve done posts on his NWO beliefs. Can’t understand for the life of my why any true conservative would vote for him.

  2. A bit salty,Vic ( you had me getting misty eyed remembering my mama :) ) but point taken . To see conservative paragons fall all over themselves
    to support Newt and to ignore someone of the caliber Dr. Paul is beyond bewildering . Just compare their records…duh.

  3. A friend sent me this brilliant one-line response in an e-mail:

    “Newt’s life began when his ego was implanted.” :)

  4. No Newt is good Newt

    The talking heads of TV politics shows are apparently taking the candidacy of Newt Gingrich seriously. That is absurd. Newt has so much personal and political baggage that he can’t seriously be mistaken as a presidential candidate.

    In his recent book Capitol Punishment, Jack Abramoff talks about his encounters with Newt when Newt was Speaker of the House. Jack didn’t like Newt, but he needed his help. He found that Newt made decisions before he had all the facts and then would refuse to change his mind. At one point Abramoff was representing tribal casinos and Congress was threatening a new tax which Abramoff was trying to defeat. He started to explain the situation to Gingrich and Newt went off on a tangent. He told Abramoff about a recent flight in first class where there was a Native American as a fellow passenger. Newt told Jack if a Native american could fly first class, then Newt would support the tax since Native Americans could afford it. That was not what Abramoff wanted and it shows how Gingrich’s mind works. Not the sort of leader we need in White House.

  5. Newt has stated many times throughout the course of his public life that he believes that human life begins at conception. Here is a statement Newt released today reaffirming that belief: http://bitly.com/tr7cP6 .

    In terms of new pro-life legislation, Newt said at The Family Leader Thanksgiving Family Forum on November 19 that he supports Congress enacting pro-life legislation under the 14th Amendment, including legislation that would define personhood as beginning at conception. Watch the video here: http://bitly.com/svuZAc .

    During his 20 years in Congress, Newt held a consistently pro-life voting record. He received a 98.6% lifetime rating from the National Right to Life Committee, consistently voted for the Hyde amendment, and twice during his speakership passed legislation banning partial birth abortion. More details on his consistent pro-life voting record here: http://bitly.com/vzQkD4 .
    For more info about the pro-life positions Newt will advocate as president, here is the Susan B. Anthony List’s 2012 Pro-life Presidential Leadership Pledge he signed in June: http://bitly.com/rAXj0E . And here is the candidate questionnaire Newt submitted to the National Right to Life Committee last month: http://bitly.com/u73oBP .

    Thanks,
    Dan

  6. I was wondering how long after fertilization and implantation occurs, so I looked it up…
    “Generally, if an egg is going to be fertilized and conception is going to occur, it will have to happen in a 24-hour period after ovulation. The egg won’t survive in the fallopian tube much longer than this. Once the egg is fertilized, it will travel to the uterus for implantation. As it travels, it will continue to grow in size, its cells dividing and reproducing. The process of traveling and implanting will take somewhere around 7 to 10 days altogether.” http://www.babyhopes.com/articles/conception-implantation.html

    Am I wrong or is this kinda splitting hairs?

    I am still a Perry fan, but Newt is better than Romney…

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