Mitt Romney refuses to sign pro-life pledge – is he still pro-abortion?

Here’s a pro-life statement that has been signed by Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul. The statement is from the Susan B. Anthony List, a respected and well-known pro-life group.

Here’s the pledge:

I PLEDGE that I will only support candidates for President who are committed to protecting Life. I demand that any candidate I support commit to these positions:

FIRST, to nominate to the U.S. federal bench judges who are committed to restraint and applying the original meaning of the Constitution, not legislating from the bench;

SECOND, to select only pro-life appointees for relevant Cabinet and Executive Branch positions, in particular the head of National Institutes of Health, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Health & Human Services;

THIRD, to advance pro-life legislation to permanently end all taxpayer funding of abortion in all domestic and international spending programs, and defund Planned Parenthood and all other contractors and recipients of federal funds with affiliates that perform or fund abortions;

FOURTH, advance and sign into law a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion.

Notice how moderate it is. These are all incremental measures that a pro-life candidate can easily accept.

But Mitt Romney wouldn’t sign it at all. That means that he either doesn’t want to nominate strict constructionists, or doesn’t want to select pro-life appointees for certain relevant positions, or doesn’t want to cut funding for abortion, or doesn’t want to sign a bill to ban late-term abortions.

Take a look at this video of Mitt Romney from 1994 claiming that he is not pro-life.

And more pro-abortion Mitt Romney as recently as 2002:

And Mitt Romney again embracing abortion, as recently as 2005:

You can find out more about Mitt Romney’s background, positions and voting record right here.

Compare Mitt Romney with Michele Bachmann

I can look at a candidate like Michele Bachmann, and see a pro-life record. Where is Mitt Romney’s pro-life record?

Romney certainly has nothing like the record on social conservatism that Michele Bachmann has. She actually has done things to show that she is pro-life and pro-traditional-marriage.


Bachmann also talked about other issues she fought for while in the Minnesota State Senate.  She supported a number of pro-life pieces of legislations, like a woman’s right to know law and a statistical reporting law.  She was also the lead sponsor of the Minnesota marriage amendment.

That’s what a social conservative looks like. Not like Mitt Romney in those videos. When you take a look at his state-run health care plan in Massachusetts, it turns out that he isn’t a fiscal conservative either. Let’s not make another mistake like with Obama and elect someone who has no resume just because of his appearance. Mitt Romney is to the left of many Democrats on the issues.

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