Newt Gingrich on Abortion

Last Updated : Jan 10, 2012

Summary

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.

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.

 

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

 

Voting Record

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.

References

[1] Website: The American View Article: Exclusive “American View” Interview: Newt Gingrich On Abortion, Homosexuality, Biblical Government; Author: NA Accessed on: 05/14/2011

[2] Website: SF Gate - NY Times Article: Gingrich Backs Abortion Funds For Rape, Incest Author: NA Accessed on: 05/14/2011

[3] 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

[4] 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

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