Shame on Newt

December 15th, 2011 | Posted by Atlee Breland in Media

In a reversal of his comments from two weeks ago, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich this week signed Personhood USA’s pledge.

Republican candidates Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum also signed the personhood pledge, while Mitt Romney has not so far done so, and Jon Huntsman and Gary Johnson oppose personhood.

In signing the pledge, Gingrich agreed that:

Every human being at every stage of development must be recognized as a person possessing the right to life in federal and state laws without exception and without compromise.
In cases where a mother’s life is at risk, every effort should be made to save the baby’s life as well.
I oppose assisted suicide, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and procedures that intentionally destroy developing human beings.
I will work to advance state and federal amendments that recognize the unalienable right to life of all human beings as persons at every stage of development.

This stands in sharp contrast to Gingrich’s prior comments on personhood-from-fertilization:

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.

Clearly, one of the very difficult questions with which Newt found himself faced was the maintenance of his political viability.

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