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.
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.