Read His Flips: The Abortion Thing, 1992

Miracle of modern science: We have collected every statement President George Bush has ever made on abortion and fed them into a computer. The machine has been able to peer three years into the future and project the questions on abortion and the president’s answers when he debates the Democratic nominee in October 1992:

Q: Mr. President, early in 1980, you said Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, "was right." And you supported federal funding for poor women to have abortions in cases of rape and incest.

A few months later, after becoming Ronald Reagan’s running mate, you joined him in calling for a constitutional amendment to ban abortion. And in 1984, you denied having ever supported federal funding for abortions in rape or incest cases.

In the 1988 campaign, you supported a right to abortion in rape and incest cases. In 1989, your administration urged the Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade, and you vetoed federal funding for abortions in rape and incest cases, saying poor women might fake rape or incest.

Ever since then, anti-abortion candidates have been defeated in droves at the polls and you have refused to discuss the subject.

Could you clarify your position and respond to your opponent’s charge that you have flip-flopped in unprincipled pursuit of political advantage?

President Bush: Well, as I’ve said before, my position has always been the same as it is now, which is to say it has been evolving.