Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be speaking at Santa Clara University this month as part of the University President’s Speaker Series, which, according to the university’s website,“welcomes speakers to campus to further the University’s commitment to intellectual rigor, critical thinking, and scholarly and professional excellence.”
Rice has been quoted many times expressing her pro-abortion beliefs. According to promotional materials, Rice’s lecture will reportedly focus on her diplomacy during her years in the White House following the 9-11 attacks on America. But, her position on abortion gained attention in 2012 when Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was reported to have been considering her as a potential vice presidential nominee.
At that time, her views on abortion rights were pushed to the forefront. When asked by Christianity Today about abortion and her faith, she responded by saying:
I'm generally pretty libertarian in these matters, because Americans are quite good, actually, at finding a way to deal with these extremely divisive and difficult moral issues.
And it's not that I'm a relativist. It's not that I believe everybody has their own morality. But I do understand that there are different ways of thinking about how these issues are going to play out in people's lives, and I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt in governing their own lives. Sometimes when things are out of whack the government has no choice but to step in. But I'm wary of the government stepping in to too many issues…
I'm still coming to terms with it. I don't like the government involved in these really hard moral decisions. While I don't think the country is ready for legislation to overturn Roe v. Wade, certainly I cannot imagine why one would be in favor of partial birth abortion. I also can't imagine why one would take these decisions out of the hands of the family. We all understand that this is not something to be taken lightly.
Rice also described herself in a 2005 interview with the Washington Times as "mildly pro-choice." When asked to elaborate on that in another interview she said that abortion should be legal in the United States ,according to CNSNews.com
Earlier this year, Santa Clara hosted pro-abortion rights author Amy Tan as part of its President’s Speaker Series.
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