The Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life political action committee, recently asked Republican Presidential hopefuls to pledge to advance the anti-abortion movement if elected President. Five candidates seeking the 2012 GOP nod have signed the “Pro-Life Leadership Presidential Pledge,” but Mitt Romney is not among them.
Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas), former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania have all signed the pledge.
The pledge states that the candidate, if elected, would only nominate judges to the United States Supreme Court and Federal benches “who are committed to restraint and applying the original meaning of the Constitution,” select Pro-life Cabinet members and advance pro-life legislation while in office.
“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,” Romney explained in a blog on his website. “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.”
“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,” Romney wrote. “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.”