Gingrich Backpedals; Says: ‘Life Begins At Conception;’ Supports 14th Amendment Protection from Conception


( – One day after he told Jake Tapper of ABC News that he believes life begins not at conception but at “implantation and successful implantation” because if you take the other view “you’re going to open up an extraordinary range of very difficult questions,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich posted a statement on his campaign website saying he does believe “human life begins at conception” and reiterated his support for federal legislation that would define the unborn child from the moment of conception as having the rights of a person under the 14th Amendment.

On Friday, Gingrich’s campaign also posted a questionnaire he submitted to the National Right to Life Committee on Nov. 23 in which he stated that he believes abortions should be legal in cases of rape and incest.

In an interview that was conducted in Iowa on Friday and posted on the website of ABC News, Tapper asked Gingrich directly when he thinks human life begins.

“Abortion is a big issue here in Iowa among conservative Republican voters and Rick Santorum has said you are inconsistent,” Tapper told Gingrich. “The big argument here is that you have supported in the past embryonic stem cell research and you made a comment about how these fertilized eggs, these embryos are not yet ‘pre-human’ because they have not been implanted. This has upset conservatives in this state who worry you don’t see these fertilized eggs as human life. When do you think human life begins?”

Gingrich responded: “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?

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