Newt Gingrich on Abortion
Congressman Gingrich is pro-life. In a 2005 interview, Congressman Gingrich stated that abortion should be illegal, but was unsure about how to enforce that provision. He stated that punishing doctors who perform the procedure was preferable to punishing women who have an abortion.
In 1995, Congress put forth an amendment in response to Clinton administration actions that defined an abortion in response to rape or incest as medically necessary that allowed each state to opt out of this provision and decline funding. While Congressman Gingrich stated that he himself supported funding for cases of rape or incest, he supported the amendment.
In 2011, Congressman Gingrich supported an Ohio law that made abortions illegal after a detectable heart beat is present. His campaign literature for the 2012 Presidential election states that he supports reinstatement of the Mexico City policy, supports cutting funding for Planned Parenthood, and opposes federal funding for abortion.
While in office, Congressman Gingrich twice voted in favor of the partial birth abortion ban.
In December of 2011, Congressman Gingrich signed the Personhood USA pledge. This pledge indicates that the signee does not support the exceptions for rape and incest.
Abortion Funding for Rape/Incest Victims
The Hyde amendment states that federal funding for abortion cannot be used for abortion unless the abortion is medically necessary. In 1993 the Clinton administration made move to define the cases of rape and incest as medically necessary. House Republicans put forth an amendment to allow states to decline funding for abortions in the case of rape and incest. On March 2, 1995 Congressman Gingrich was quoted as supporting the amendment.
This is not an issue which is going away. Each side of the issue will try to find their best advantage in bringing it up. All we can do is try to find a common ground to hold ourselves together while we have the debate.
The actual wording of the amendment is identical to existing statutes and clarifies congressional intent, allowing but not requiring states to pay for abortions. I support the Istook amendment.
On April 9, 1995 Congressman Gingrich appeared on "Face the Nation" and noted that he supported funding for an abortion in the cases of rape, incest, and to protect the health of the mother.
No. First of all, I think you should have funding in the case of rape or incest or life of the mother, which is the first step. ...
My personal view is that this is a country which is pro-choice but anti-abortion. There are remarkably few Americans who favor abortion as a contraception or who think of abortion as a trivial matter. And so I think we can have a pretty large area of civil discussion without it breaking down into automatic hostility."
American View Interview
In 2005, Congressman Gingrich was interviewed by American View to discuss his book "Winning the Future." In that interview, they discussed abortion.
Support for Ohio Heartbeat Law
In May of 2011, Congressman Gingrich announced that he was supporting an Ohio law that would make it illegal to obtain an abortion after a heartbeat was detectable.
Personhood USA Pledge
In December of 2012, Congressman Gingrich signed the Personhood USA pledge. The pledge is shown below and indicates that a person does not support the exception for rape and incest for abortions.
2012 Presidential Campaign Website Statements
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act
296-132. The legislation sought to prohibit any physician from knowingly performing a partial-birth abortion unless it is necessary to save the life of the mother. Newt Gingrich voted in favor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.
Newt Gingrich voted in favor of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act
In March of 1997, the House passed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act 295-136. The legislation did not have enough votes to overturn a veto. Newt Gingrich voted in favor of the Ban.
Newt Gingrich voted in favor of the Ban.
Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation
This representative has not been identified as sponsoring or cosponsoring significant legislation related to this title.
 Website: The American View Article: Exclusive “American View” Interview: Newt Gingrich On Abortion, Homosexuality, Biblical Government; Author: NA Accessed on: 05/14/2011
 Website: SF Gate - NY Times Article: Gingrich Backs Abortion Funds For Rape, Incest Author: NA Accessed on: 05/14/2011
 Website: Philly.com Article: Gingrich Favors Allowing States To Refuse To Pay For Abortions The Plan Involves Cases Of Rape Or In Author: INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES Accessed on: 05/14/2011
 Website: Dayton Daily News Article: Gingrich, Bachmann, Judge Moore back “Heartbeat” bill; Speaker Batchelder seeks more input Author: William Hershey Accessed on: 05/14/2011