ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta/AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter believes Jesus Christ would not approve of abortions.

Carter made the comments during Thursday’s “The Laura Ingraham Show” while talking about how the Democratic Party should be more pro-life.

“I never have believed that Jesus Christ would approve of abortions and that was one of the problems I had when I was president having to uphold Roe v. Wade,”  Carter told Ingraham on her nationally syndicated radio show, “and I did everything I could to minimize the need for abortions.”

The former commander in chief feels women should only have abortions when their life is at risk during a pregnancy or if they got pregnant due to rape or incest.

“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, the 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 told Ingraham.

Carter believes that if Dems took this position that the party would win back conservatives it has lost over the abortion issue.

Carter’s comments came the day Georgia lawmakers struck a last-minute agreement to restrict abortions five months after women get pregnant.

Angry Democrats and women stood and turned their backs on bill supporters on the House and Senate floor, then left the chamber chanting in protest. The legislation now heads to the desk of Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who generally favors limiting abortion.

The compromise was part of a long and chaotic day as lawmakers rushed to pass their bills before the midnight deadline for the General Assembly to adjourn for the year. In addition to the anti-abortion measure, the General Assembly passed measures that would ban assisted suicide, overhaul the state criminal sentencing laws, reduce unemployment benefits for workers and require that welfare applicants pass drug tests.

House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, praised lawmakers for passing a tax cut bill earlier in the session. Georgia has a 9.1 percent unemployment rate.

“What is important is we focused this session on the thing I think mattered most to Georgians, which was jobs,” he said, shortly after midnight. “That’s why when I think about this session, I’m going to think about tax reform. I’m going to think about the initiatives that will make Georgia more competitive.”

In the last hour of the session, most eyes were watching an anti-abortion bill sponsored by Rep. Doug McKillip, R-Athens, that earlier appeared to stall. It would have banned abortions 20 weeks after conception except in cases when a pregnancy threatened the life or health of the mother. But Senate lawmakers amended it with a big concession: Doctors would be allowed to perform abortions after the five-month mark if they diagnose a fatal defect in a fetus.

Lawmakers ultimately passed the more lenient version from the Senate.

“We are going to save a thousand babies when this bill goes into effect,” said McKillip, who did not take questions as the clock drew closer to midnight — the deadline for adjourning.

Five minutes after the Senate took up debate on the issue, the GOP leadership shut down the discussion and called for a vote over the objection of several Democrats, many of them women.

When the Senate passed the measure by a vote of 36-19, the Democratic women went to the front of the chamber and unraveled yellow “caution” tape in protest before storming out. In the halls of the Capitol, they declared that the women of Georgia would not stand for the vote and chanted, “Women will remember in November!”

“Men do not control us ladies,” said Sen. Valencia Seay, D-Riverdale. “We’ve been elected, just like they’ve been elected. We will not stand silently by. We are mad.”

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Comments (8)
  1. tommydip says:

    Republican Party families are true evil.
    Started with the abortion the Christian church they have little faith in GOD if you believe the unborn have a soul or it does not being take care by GOD. Be more hopeful for the unborn if they should be born and the woman that God love.
    GOD IS A GOD OF CHOICE. The Republican party are not are not. Jesus Christ came for our sin and abort on the cross GOD IS A GOD OF CHOICE.
    God church should go with the part that fight globe warming. The Republican party disagrees with globe warming and so do the church’s that support them.

      1. Brian says:

        Incoherence speaks apparently. God does give us a choice, to follow Him or not to. Those who follow God understand why Jesus died on the cross. He died to be the final sacrifice and atone for our sins even though He was sinless. God did not abort Jesus, if that were true he would not have been born. Jesus lived as fully Man and fully God for 33 years, that is not given to the unborn who are mercilessly aborted daily. God does not condone abortion as a choice and if one read His word they would truly know God and know this to be true.

  2. bald4life says:

    Yeah, Dems would win back a lot of conservatives. But then, more would also slip off the edge Left and Dems might find themselves wedged between those that still create policy based on the myths of a mythological hero from 200 years ago, and those that care about women’s right to control their own bodies.

  3. bald4life says:

    Oops, 2000 years ago.

  4. Sita says:

    luckily for us that Jesus doesn’t run the country for all faiths and for those of us with none either.
    I don’t give a flying F**k what Jimmy Carter thinks about what Jesus would do; just do for yourself as you believe he wants and leave the rest of us the HELL alone.
    Don’t you have a few houses to build ?

  5. Law2001 says:

    Stop government funding of abortion. Stop funding planned parenthood. Repeal Health Care Reform, AKA “ObamaCare”.

    If this report is correct, former president Carter is heading in a correct direction. This is the only correct thing I have seen reported on him to say.

    If women don’t want to have a baby, they should not fornicate voluntarily. Do not depend on contraceptives which can and do fail. Do not depend on others to pay for your contraceptives or abortions. Be responsible. The purpose of sexual intercourse is to procreate. Any other purpose is not legitimate.

    A side issue is that many people seem to be no more than savages when it comes to sexual intercourse, even craving it setting up conditions to make it happen illlegitimately. Cleanup your values, your mind, diet, what you watch, make an effort and the craving will go. Just as with drug addicts and alcoholics who cleanup.

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