Sen. Isakson Won't Say When Jesus Got the Right to Life

August 4, 2010 - 6:58 PM
Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia declined to say whether Jesus Christ got the right to life at the moment of conception, although he did say that Jesus is his savior and he believes in him.

Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.)

(CNSNews.com) – Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia declined to say whether Jesus Christ got the right to life at the moment of conception, although he did say that Jesus is his savior and he believes in him.
 
CNSNews.com asked Sen. Isakson about the issue after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declined to answer the question of when Jesus got the right to life.

In May, Pelosi said that she had a duty to pursue policies “in keeping with the values” of Jesus, the “Word made flesh.” Last week at her press briefing, however, Pelosi declined to say when “the Word” received the right to life. 
 
After a Wednesday press conference, CNSNews.com asked Sen. Isakson the following:  “Senator, last week, House Speaker Pelosi declined to say when Jesus Christ got the right to life. Can I ask you--She declined to say when she thought Jesus Christ got the right to life. Can I ask you if you think Jesus got the right to life at the moment of conception?”
 

 
Senator Isakson said, “Look, Jesus Christ is my savior and I believe in him and his redemption. I’m not going to get into commenting on what Nancy Pelosi might think of that.”
 
CNSNews.com followed up, saying, “Well, just your opinion about--” and Isakson said, “I’m not, I’m not going to get into a Nancy Pelosi trap.”

Sen. Isakson has been criticized by pro-lifers for his position on abortion.
 
On his Web site, Isakson addresses the issue of abortion stating, “I have a deep respect for life, and a voting record that reflects that respect. I am personally opposed to abortion except in cases of rape, incest, and to protect the life of the mother. I strongly support the view that we need to create a culture of life in America.”
 
However, in 1996, he campaigned in the Georgia senatorial primary with a pro-abortion television ad to distance himself from his Republican opponents. According to the New York Times, the ad featured Isakson, alongside his wife and teenage daughter, saying, “I don't believe our government should fund, teach or promote abortion. But I will not vote to amend the Constitution to make criminals of women and their doctors. I trust my wife, my daughter and the women of Georgia to make the right choice."

Here is a video report including clips of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) explaining that her policies must be guided by the values of "the Word made flesh" and her declining to say when Jesus got the right to life:



 
A transcript of CNSNews.com’s exchange with Senator Isakson follows below:
 
CNSNews.com: “Senator, last week, House Speaker Pelosi declined to say when Jesus Christ got the right to life. Can I ask you – ”
 
Sen. Johnny Isakson: “I’m sorry, what?”
 
CNSNews.com: “She declined to say when she thought Jesus Christ got the right to life. Can I ask you if you think Jesus got the right to life at the moment of conception?”
 
Sen. Johnny Isakson: “Look, Jesus Christ is my savior and I believe in him and his redemption. I’m not going to get into commenting on what Nancy Pelosi might think of that.”
 
CNSNews.com: “Well, just your opinion about – ”
 
Sen. Johnny Isakson: “I’m not, I’m not going to get into a Nancy Pelosi trap."