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In response to the controversy over his refusal to sign the Susan B. Anthony List “pledge,” Mitt takes to the pages of NRO to deliver a pledge of his own:

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.

Read the whole thing.  To be clear, I oppose abortion in all cases except when the life of the mother is medically at stake.  But for my candidate for President of the United States, I am entirely pleased with this statement, and if he can reinstate the Mexico City Policy, nominate good judges, and defund Planned Parenthood, then he’ll accomplish more for the pro-life cause than any president since the Supreme Court decided Roe.

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5 Responses to Mitt’s Pro-Life Pledge

  1. Jack Murphy says:

    Hello David,

    Since the pro-life camp has been repeatedly disappointed by our own on too many occasions (Bush 41 w/ Souter, Reagan with Justices O”Connor and Kennedy) doesn’t it make more since to support a candidate who hasn’t waffled on the isssue, someone who has unfailingly committed himself to Christ and His pro-life cause. The lives of millions of babies are far too important to be left to a man who “has seen the light” just in time for the Republican primary. My fear is that he will lose sight of the light when a Supreme Court vacancy appears and he needs to do do some horse-trading with the Dems on issues more important to him. I don’t see a president Romney “going to the mattressses” on this one. We need a Bush 43 on this, and Romney is no Bush 43.

    Yours in Christ,
    Jack Murphy

  2. David French says:

    Jack, if I had the slightest doubts that Mitt would do the right things to fight abortion (including nominating the right kinds of judges), I wouldn’t support him. As governor, he was pro-life at great political cost in Massachusetts. He’s got a record to back up his conversion.

    The pro-life cause is too important to be left to candidates who can’t win elections but look good in conservative intramural fights.

  3. gene hand says:

    Jack Murphy—
    Are you old enough that you could have voted for Reagan ? Did you vote for him? If so,excuse my honesty but you appear to be a double standard “Christian”! So many conservative -looking people rave about Reagan, who as Gov.of Calif. endorsed it and signed on to abortion as Gov.
    I am sick and tired of so -called conservatives who give Reagan a pass but refuse to consider Romney converted !
    I am not as kind,gentle as David, who I think is a great person and very intelligent and honest .
    But Jack, you are right Romney is no Bush….he is far superior !

  4. Mark Evans says:

    Mit has alwaysa bween pto-life at heart. To have any political carer whatsoever in Mass., he had to bend a bit. I completely trust him on the issue.
    I was old enough to vote for Reagan in ’84 (miss by 5 months in ’80)…but what alternative did we have? Fritz Mondale? Or are we supposed to NOT vote when one candidate is with us on 85% of issues and the other 5%?

  5. William Berg says:

    I am so glad that Mitt made this pledge loud and clear. I’m tired of defending him to all of my Republican friends because of his previous support of abortion.

    I’m an Evangelical Christian in Ames and would love to help. Is there any place I can go to offer my services? I could go door to door or whatever is needed.


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