The EFM Feature

Jonathon Martin talks about how McCain performed in Michigan:

Even while campaigning in Christian conservative-heavy western Michigan, McCain was content to stick with the economy, spending, the war and climate change. Not once did he ever bring up the fact that he, unlike his top rival, had a consistent pro-life voting record.

However, Jonathan mischaracterizes Gov. Romney’s record on life issues — I assume when he talks of McCain’s “top rival’s” inconsistent pro-life voting record, he means Gov. Romney. This is important, folks, so listen up (especially you wonderful folks in South Carolina): Gov. Romney always came down on the side of life when issues came up. Remember how Reagan liberalized abortion laws in California before changing his mind on the issue? Gov. Romney does not have that kind of record. While he is a convert to the pro-life position, he has proven his commitment to the sanctity of life over and over:

* He believes life begins at conception even though his church has no official position on the matter
* He vetoed a bill to give kids access to emergency contraception without parents’ knowledge
* He promised a “moratorium” on changes to abortion laws in his 2002 gubernatorial run
* He opposes Roe v. Wade and thinks states should set abortion policy
* He opposes cloning of human embryos for stem cell research—even though his wife has multiple sclerosis
* He vetoed a bill to expand such research despite the overwhelmingly hostile liberal majority in his state legislature
* Quote: “In considering the issue of embryo cloning and embryo farming, I saw where the harsh logic of abortion can lead—to the view of innocent new life as nothing more than research material or a commodity to be exploited.”

I point this out, because his record is constantly being mischaracterized in the press. But, as Gov. Romney likes to say, facts are stubborn things.


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