If you read the Huffington Post Monday, you'd think Rep. Steve King was traveling the country talking about abortion with kindergartners. But HuffPo extrapolated the meaning behind an interview the congressman recently did with CNSNews.com in which he expressed his commitment to his anti-abortion stance when asked when Jesus Christ inherited his right to life.
"He got the right to life when God conceived Him in the womb of Mary, and it’s that simple and that plain and it’s that profound," he said. "Each one of us got the right to life at the instant of conception and we have that right to life until natural death."
It wasn't until King mentioned that he discusses his pro-life views with young people that HuffPo raised an eyebrow:
Interview transcript via CNSNews.com:
KING: I often go into a high school auditorium or meet with people at even the K-through-12 level in their entirety, and I will tell them: “You will be asked to answer one of the most profound moral questions of our age and that is where do you stand on the abortion issue. And you need to only ask and answer two questions. The first question is do you believe that human life is sacred in all of its forms. Is the person sitting to your left and to your right and everyone in this room, is their life sacred?" And they’ll nod their heads.
And then I’ll say: “Do you believe your life is sacred?” And they’ll nod their heads. And we have a universal agreement that the lives of the people in that auditorium are sacred in all their forms.
Then I simply ask them: “When did your life begin? And you have to pick an instant. And there’s only one instant and that is the instant of conception.
"In fact, if you want to argue that you really don’t know, that it might be the first, second or third trimester or viability, tell me: If someone were to walk down this hallway and stick a gun in the door, turn their head away from the gun and pull the trigger and run out the door and we catch him out there, did he kill somebody or didn’t he?”
And they’ll look at each other and say, “Well, we don’t know.”
But it isn’t good enough to say we don’t know. He won’t know either. But if somebody’s dead, he killed somebody. You cannot take a chance with life anymore than you can shoot a gun into a crowded room and take a chance that you might not kill somebody. You cannot guess about when life begins. You have to pick an instant. There’s only the instant of conception. And once you understand that human life is sacred in all of its forms and it begins at the instant of conception, you will never lose a debate and you’ll never lose your conviction.
Do you think Rep. King's comments are controversial? Is it a bad thing to emphasize the sanctity of life to young kids?