Jimmy Carter on Abortion
President of the U.S., 1977-1981
OpEd: Pro-life to pro-lifers; pro-choice to pro-choichers
In 1976, I was still a Democrat. The Democratic Party, while it was then edging toward an abortion-on-demand stance, still allowed room in its ranks for pro-life leaders. Carter himself proved to be a clover waffle in the abortion issue, suggesting that
he was pro-life to the pro-lifers and prochoice to the prochoicers--and yet the media, always Carter friendly, never nailed him on his hypocrisy. So in our naiveté, we failed to realize that Carter was playing a duplicitous double game. And the
Republican Party, meanwhile, still seemed at that time to be dominated by defenders of the proabortion stance.
Yet back in the seventies, the parties had not yet sorted themselves out on the rival issue of abortion. So in 1976, many pro-life and
socially conservative Americans could be found conscientiously voting for the Carter-Mondale ticket, thinking they were voting pro-life. And Marcus and I did more than that; we helped on his campaign, handing out fliers and making phone calls.
Source: Core of Conviction, by Michele Bachmann, p. 58
, Nov 21, 2011
No federal funding for abortions
I am convinced that every abortion is an unplanned tragedy, brought about by a combination of human errors and this has been one of the most difficult moral and political issues I have had to face.
As president, I accepted my obligation to enforce the "Roe v. Wade" Supreme Court ruling, and at the same time attempted in every way possible to minimize the number of abortions.
One of my best-remembered and most often quoted remarks came in July 1977, when I defended my lack of support for federal funds to be used for abortions among poor mothers, even though wealthier women could afford to have their pregnancies terminated.
Without any careful forethought, I responded to a question on this issue by saying, "Life is often unfair."
Source: Our Endangered Values, by Jimmy Carter, p. 72
, Sep 26, 2006
Discourage abortion by providing family planning
Carter believes that abortion is wrong and that the government should try to discourage it by providing better sex education, family planning, and adoption procedures.
However, he does not favor a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Supreme Court ruling permitting abortions.
Source: Jimmy Who?, by Leslie Wheeler, p.182
, Jan 1, 1976
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