Former President Jimmy Carter told The Christian Post that he believes Jesus would not approve of abortion with the exception of a few cases. He also criticized the Democratic Party for taking such a strong stance on supporting abortion for all women and encouraged them to soften their language in the party’s platform.
I never found any incompatibilities though between my religious faith and my duties as a politician except in the case of abortion,” Carter told CP in an interview. ” I don’t believe that Jesus would approve abortion except in the case of incest, rape or the mother’s life in danger.”
“But I had to enforce the Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade so I tried to do everything I could to minimize the need for abortions, making it easy to adopt children and by caring for women and infant children in the so-called WIC program,” Carter continued. “So, that was an incompatibility that I had, to maintain peace and to put my basic Christian moral values into practice, were the things that were most challenging for me.”
Outside of his personal belief that abortion is wrong, the former one-term president maintains that if Democrats moderate the party’s platform on abortion that they may be able to win back some Republicans who left over the party’s full support of abortion rights.
“I’ve signed a public letter calling for the Democratic Party at the next convention to espouse my position on abortion which is to minimize the need, requirement for abortion and limit it only to women whose life are in danger or who are pregnant as a result of rape or incest,” Carter said Thursday on Laura Ingraham’s radio program.”