Saturday, June 18, 2011

ROMNEY is as PRO LIFE as you can get

Hi All,
Noticed the following on National Review which is a quick and succinct response to those critics of Mitt's position on the SBA pledge:
By Mitt Romney

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.

I support the reversal of Roe v. Wade, because it is bad law and bad medicine. Roe was a misguided ruling that was a result of a small group of activist federal judges legislating from the bench.

I support the Hyde Amendment, which broadly bars the use of federal funds for abortions. And as president, I will support efforts to prohibit federal funding for any organization like Planned Parenthood, which primarily performs abortions or offers abortion-related services.

I will reinstate the Mexico City Policy to ensure that nongovernmental organizations that receive funding from America refrain from performing or promoting abortion services, as a method of family planning, in other countries. This includes ending American funding for any United Nations or other foreign assistance program that promotes or performs abortions on women around the world.

I will advocate for and support a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion.

And perhaps most importantly, I will only appoint judges who adhere to the Constitution and the laws as they are written, not as they want them to be written.

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.

The pledge also unduly burdens a president’s ability to appoint the most qualified individuals to a broad array of key positions in the federal government. I would expect every one of my appointees to carry out my policies on abortion and every other issue, irrespective of their personal views.

If I have the opportunity to serve as our nation’s next president, I commit to doing everything in my power to cultivate, promote, and support a culture of life in America."
Can't say it much better than that



Anonymous said...

This is one area that people choose not to trust Mitt. While it is unfortunate, much of this is rooted in their mistrust of Mormons. The "flip-flop" meme is most often used by people who are nervous about Mitt's religion, as shown by a study after the 2008 elections from Vanderbilt University.

Now, please don't think I am calling all doubters bigots. I am merely pointing out that many are unfamiliar with members of the Mormon Church and have often been taught not to trust Mormons at all. This plays into their distrust--simply that they are afraid of what they aren't familiar with. So they are much less likely to receive any assurance from Mitt; although, Mike Huckabee could and did get away with it.


Anonymous said...

Sorry, I should have been more clear about my analogy with Mike Huckabee. Huckabee has always been solidly pro-life, and Mitt's record has definitely on life has been more questionable. My point was that Huckabee changed many of his stances within weeks of each other in his 2008 campaign and was never labelled a flip-flopper, but Mitt had that label and couldn't seem to shake it, even when his positions had been changed years before. I maintain that Huckabee got away with his position changes because he was a Baptist preacher. Mitt struggled and still struggles, in part, because he is a Mormon, and many people do not trust Mormons.


Corep said...

i think that this blowup on the SBA pledge is an effort on the part of the sole issue Socons to insert themselves and hit Romney to try and create controversy where there is not.

The debate last monday where Cain said "case Closed" on Romney on "life" and the fact that no one disagreed must have just killed the single issue abortion socons. They have to try to create a dustup or they risk being moved aside by the ficons as the dominant voice in this cycle.

Anonymous said...

AZ, I agree with you. How large the number is who have that problem is a question. I don't claim to know, but I do know that it's real. It's been bubbling up in the media quite a bit in recent weeks, but not nearly as much as last time.

But the other thing going on is that as the frontrunner, Romney is getting ALL the hits--right and left. This issue is way overblown. Romney's statement is perfectly clear and leaves no room for any doubt, IMO.

The flip-flop, you can't trust him label is dying hard. I just wish more people on the right really cared about the truth.

Thanks for posting this, Bosman.


Anonymous said...

Corep, I agree with you. I'm really sick of the social con leaders running roughshod over the party.

I am socially conservative, and very religious. But I resent the impossible and false standards set for Romney by the religious right. From his record in Mass, we know he meets the bar as well as any other candidate.

I think it would be utterly foolish for the right to take Romney out over things that are demonstrably false, and in the end, lose to Obama.

I hope we are not that stupid. Some appear to be, and have even indicated they would rather lose, or start a third party, than vote for Romney.


Anonymous said...

Sorry Craig! I thought Bosman posted this. I'm glad you did.


craigs said...

That's O.K. We are working in tandem and Bos does the highlights


BOSMAN said...

No President should sign a pledge that limits his actions.

I agree 100% with Romney's rationale for not signing.

ConMan said...

I'm tired of these pledges, promises, and litmus tests.

You don't see Democrats putting their members through this BS.

These candidates should tell these so-cons to stick it.

If they think Obama is closer to their values, I'd tell them they should vote for him.

Ohio JOE said...

"You don't see Democrats putting their members through this BS." Oh yes you do.

"These candidates should tell these so-cons to stick it." Mr. Momney already did tell the FiCons to stick it. Today he does the same to the SoCons. Who remain, the DefCons?

Noelle said...

As usual, Romney impresses me with his tone, as well as his message.

Romney 2012

GetReal said...

What are you even talking about, OJ?

TexasConservative said...

Do any of you Romney supporters doubt that Romney of 2008 would have been one of the first to sign this pro-life pledge during the 2008 primaries?

C'mon, there is a huge difference between being personally pro-life and being willing to make a difference for the pro-life cause.

I am glad that Romney is personally pro-life. But that is as far as the trust will go with Romney on this issue.

Xcentric said...

Romney is the ONLY GOP candidate who has actually VETOED prochoice legislation. Talk is cheap. Romney walked the walk. And oh by the way, how many of the candidates will not have the balls to sign Mitt Romney's Pro-Life Pledge??

Ohio JOE said...

Get Real:
It is rather difficult for Mr. Romney to convince Conservatives that he is one if he keeps insulting them. He already has a reputation of insulting the TEA Party (essentially the Fiscal wing of the party.) Now, he insult the Social Wing of the party by not signing the pledge. What is his problem? Does he think he is too good for the rest of the party? This is a major gaffe. It is absolute foolishness to refuse to sign a pledge from SBJ and then try to say your are Pro-Life. It is like a Unionist trying to claim he is for Tea Party values. This kind of indiscipline is only seen on the GOP side.

Anonymous said...

Oj you must live in a parallal universe where Romney is running around insulting various wings of the party.

BTW, you need to stop speading false info.

Romney is usually the TOP choice of TP voters.

Anonymous said...

Oj you must live in a parallal universe where Romney is running around insulting various wings of the party.

BTW, you need to stop speading false info.

Romney is usually the TOP choice of TP. voters.

Doug nyc gop

Anonymous said...

OJ, I have no idea what you are talking about, "...insulting the Tea Party,"--how exactly?


Ohio JOE said...

So none of you have heard of TARP, MAcare, NY-23, just to name a few things. You can all play dumb and pretend that aw shucks, Mr. Romney is nothing, but Right Wing on the economy and Tea Party matter, but you are not fooling everybody.

Anonymous said...

OJ, I have heard about those things. I suppose many of them are subject to interpretation. Romney still polls well among many Tea Partiers. Maybe they really are a group of grass-roots activists and have different opinions about the country and candidates!

I suspect that Tea Partiers vary somewhat according to where they live in the country. I don't believe they all agree with your views.

While I have not actually been to a Tea Party rally, I have wanted to attend. I support Mitt. Maybe there are others like me who could make it to the rallies. Stranger things have happened!


Doug NYC GOP said...


Romney had noting to do with NY-23.

You are confused.