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Romney draws fire for not signing pro-life pledge

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Alexis Levinson
Political Reporter

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney drew criticism Saturday for being one of only three Republican presidential candidates to have refused to sign the Susan B. Anthony List’s Pro-Life Leadership Presidential Pledge.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who did sign the pledge, sent out a press release saying he was “stunned” at Romney’s refusal to sign.

“This past Monday night at the Republican Presidential Debate, I was asked about Governor Romney’s pro-life conversion, and I gave him the benefit of the doubt. I apparently spoke too soon. It is incredibly disappointing that Governor Romney chose not to defend those who cannot defend themselves,” said Santorum in the statement.

SBA List blasted Romney in a statement.

“Our next president must recognize the urgency of addressing over a million abortions per year,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “That’s why our pledge calls for active leadership, not just checking the box. Five candidates took the pledge, and the pro-life grassroots know where they stand.”

“Governor Romney refused to take the pledge and his explanation raises more questions than answers,” she said. “In good conscience, we cannot let this rest.”

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In an op-ed on National Review Online Saturday, Romney explained why he declined to sign the pledge.

“I am pro-life and believe that abortion should be limited to only instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother,” he wrote. He pronounced his support for a number of the other provisions in the pledge, but said the SBA List Pledge went too far.

“As much as I share the goals of the Susan B. Anthony List, its well-meaning pledge is overly broad and would have unintended consequences. That is why I could not sign it. It is one thing to end federal funding for an organization like Planned Parenthood; it is entirely another to end all federal funding for thousands of hospitals across America. That is precisely what the pledge would demand and require of a president who signed it,” Romney wrote.

Romney is not the only Republican candidate who did not sign the pledge: former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and businessman Herman Cain also declined to sign. But as the perceived frontrunner in the race, Romney is the only candidate to have yet drawn significant fire for not signing it.

  • Caratacus

    Mitt Romney is NOT pro-life. But he is willing to lie to get your vote…

    See his comprehensive pro-life profile at http://prolifeprofiles.com/romney

    And see his Abortion Fairy Tale video at http://artlaction.com/video/romney-fairytale

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  • pink

    If the continue continues to be troubled and Romney doesn’t let himself get pushed by social conservatives into signing pledges like this or having a running mate (like MB) who doesn’t believe in science, Romney will win. He’s quite palatable as an option to Obama to many in the middle. Start hinting that you’d like to take away women’s freedom to control their own bodies or talking about how dinosaurs roamed the earth with humans a la Fred Flintstone and he’d become less of an option to many people. So far Romney is running a very smart, well-tempered campaign.

    • pink

      Ye gods, how did I mangle that first sentence so badly?

      Should read “If Romney doesn’t let himself get pushed…”

      • rafaelkafka

        Baby Killer! You have no right to kill babies!

        Glad to see Romney politically dead in the primaries after this!

        Goodbye, Romney!

        Go Bachmann!

    • designerrant

      Science has become politicized. Try and get funding if you want to test the “science” of Darwin or man caused global warming -anything the left wing says is 100% factual, after never having been tested or studied in that way. Sorry, no money available. So don’t throw the “science” word around.

      • guesswho

        Yep, the evolution stuff is just a hoax. We TPers know that, don’t we? The Bible says the world is what, about 7,000 years old? Well, by crackie, that’s good enough for me!

        Gingrich/Bachmann 2012

  • daver18

    Romney wrote regarding why he wouldn’t sign it, “I am pro-life and believe that abortion should be limited to only instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother,….” No Mr. Romney, you’re not pro-life. You allow for the killing of unborn children for “certain” reasons. Those reasons are not the child’s fault. For the first two of your reasons there is adoption as an alternative. For the last reason you are mistaken. I worked in healthcare for over 20 years. One thing I learned is that it is VERY RARE that a mother’s life is truly in danger. The left has used that terminology to include “mental anguish” that the mother would be under if she felt she didn’t want the child and had it anyway. The child is a human being and has every right to live that you and I do. By denying a true pro-life stand you deny the constitutional right to life. In addition, if a mother truly loves her child she would be willing to risk or even give her life for her child. She would not sacrifice the child in an effort to save her own life. Mr. Romney, you are not a conservative and everyone needs to wake up and see it.

  • politicsisdirty

    Beware of the Lame Stream Media’s agenda.

  • Druid Priest

    Good for Mitt – that’s the kind of backbone we need in a leader. This kind of cultural litmus test will hand Oba-Mao a second term. The right-wing religious fanatic nut-case fringe cannot be allowed to dominate the Republican Party.

    The only pledges that should be signed are those that will promote: lower taxes, smaller government and the promotion of free enterprise.

    • MyChalkLine

      “The only pledges that should be signed are those that will promote: lower taxes, smaller government and the promotion of free enterprise”

      Rino Romney supports NONE OF THIS.

      Romneycare ALONE IS THE OPPOSITE of all that you claim to desire.

    • MJHBAMA

      I agree Druid Priest. We are allowing the MSM to divide the GOP by pressing the social issues instead of the economy. Like many, I have my opinions regarding homosexuality, abortion, and even religious rights. They are, however, not as critical in the coming election as is the deficit, unemployment, and the over-all economic situation we find ourselves in. Though Mitt Romney is not my first choice, his stance on fiscal verses social is the best.

      • GeniousIQ

        What does the Susan B. Anthony List’s Pro-Life Leadership Presidential Pledge have to do with the “main stream media”?? Staw man much?

  • rone

    ROMNEY LOOSERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

  • MyChalkLine

    Mittens Romney is a R.I.N.O. and should be driven far from the republican party or he will drive a nail into it’s coffin, do you really expect independent voters to choose Obama Lite when they could just keep the progressive garbage in office now?

    A choice between Romney and Obama is no choice at all, it’s as if George Bush is running all over again.

    Do you expect Romney to put up a fight for your right to decide what choices are appropriate for you in Healthcare Insurance?

    Romneycare which is the basis for Obamacare also mandates purchase, Romney claims a distiction because it’s “states rights”, he CLEARLY DOESN’T RECOGNIZE THE FOUNDERS INTENDED PERSONAL RIGHTS AS WELL, HE HAS NO PROBLEM CLAIMING YOUR RIGHTS FOR THE STATE AS OPPOSED TO OBAMA WHO CLAIMS THEM FOR THE FED.

    BEING A SLAVE TO THE STATE IS NO BETTER THAN BEING A SLAVE TO THE FED!

    THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS IS STILL EVIL!

  • des1

    I’m stunned that a guy who lost his last Senate race by double-digits had the stones to run for President. Seriously, does this knucklehead believe he can be a player in this race?

    • cmccartn

      whatever you do, don’t google santorum… gross!!!

  • tinteardrop

    Candidates should not be signing ‘pledges”. They must only hold true to their oath of office in the ‘pledge’ category.

    Candidates that ‘sign’ stuff like this are cowards and voters that demand that they do, are even weaker. Santorum in this sounds like a lunatic.

    Not completely enamored with Romney but he stood tall here.