Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has come under fire for refusing to sign an anti-abortion pledge.
Romney was criticized by a number of fellow nominees for the the 2012 Republican Presidential ticket for not signing the pro-life pledge offered by the Susan B. Anthony group. According to Fox News, those who sign the pledge agree to work to ban abortions 20 weeks into a pregnancy, support only pro-life judicial nominees and appoint only pro-life individuals to cabinet posts, among other provisions.
Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) and former Senator Rick Santorum (R-Penn.), all Republican Presidential candidates, have signed the pledge.
“The excuses for not signing clearly continue the doubts about his leadership and commitment to ending the practice of abortion — particularly for a candidate who ran as pro-choice for the Senate and Governorship of Massachusetts,” said a statement from the Bachmann campaign.
Despite the criticism, Romney is still out in front of the rest of the Republican field, according to the latest Gallup poll.