Stephanopoulos: Obama Says Abortion Answer ‘Probably’ Too Flip

Sep 7, 2008 10:12am

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos reports: Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said this weekend that his response on the definition of human life at minister Rick Warren’s Saddleback Chruch Forum was "probably" too flip.

When Warren asked Obama last month at what point he believes a baby gains human rights, Obama responded: "Whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade."

Obama gave his answer last month at a nationally televised religious forum sponsored by Warren at his megachurch in Orange County, Calif.

But in an exclusive "This Week" interview airing this morning, Obama said that answer was probably too flip.

"Probably," Obama said when asked if his answer was too flip. "What I intended to say is that, as a Christian, I have a lot of humility about understanding when does the soul enter into … It’s a pretty tough question."

"Abortion is a moral issue … it’s one that families struggle with all the time," Obama said. "In wrestling with those issues, I don’t think that the government criminalizing the choices that families make is the best answer for reducing abortions."

Obama said, "The better answer…is to figure out, how do we make sure the young mothers, or women who have a pregnancy that’s unexpected or difficult, have the kind of support they need to make a whole range of choices, including adoption and keeping the child."

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