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Romney Scores Key Endorsements From Anti-Abortion Groups
National Public Radio ^ | April 12, 2012 | Julie Rovner

Posted on 04/12/2012 8:38:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

A decade ago, while running for Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney vowed to "preserve and protect a woman's right to choose" abortion.

On Thursday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee won the endorsement of both the oldest and largest anti-abortion group in the nation — the National Right to Life Committee — and one of the newer groups with a large wad of cash ready to spend on his behalf — the Susan B. Anthony List.

National Right to Life Committee President Carol Tobias said Romney's former position supporting abortion rights doesn't bother her or her organization.

"The pro-life movement is filled with converts," she told reporters at a news conference. "We love people who have changed their position. Mitt Romney admits that he has done that and we are happy to be working with him."

The Susan B. Anthony list alone says it will spend "$10 to $12 million in Senate and presidential battleground states mobilizing pro-life voters to ensure victory."

Said Tobias: "We have absolutely no question — no doubt about his pro-life convictions — and we will be happy to support him as a pro-life president."

Why, then, did the group wait until after Romney's nomination was basically a foregone conclusion to make its endorsement?

Because, said Tobias, "every candidate who has run for the Republican nomination for president took a pro-life position and kept the life issues at the forefront of this race."

In fact, the national group publicly reprimanded a state affiliate, Georgia Right to Life, when it endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who ended his campaign this week.

This year is markedly different from 2008, when National Right to Life got in early — too early, perhaps. It endorsed former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee, whose campaign fizzled fast.

"In 2008, there was a pro-abortion candidate in the GOP primary," Tobias said, referring to former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. "And we wanted to make sure that he did not get the nomination. So we wanted to select a pro-life candidate to support" from the start.

What is clear this time is that the group's top priority is less the election of Romney than the defeat of President Obama. Indeed, much of the news conference consisted not of singing Romney's praises but of chronicling Obama's positions.

"On his second day in office, Jan. 22, 2009, President Obama issued a statement reaffirming his commitment to defend Roe v. Wade, which gave us abortion on demand," said Tobias.

Then, she said, there's his position on stem-cell research.

"President Obama authorizes taxpayer funding of research that requires killing human embryos," she said.

And it's not just abortion. Raimundo Rojas, the group's director of Hispanic outreach, emphasized the group's long-standing position that the 2010 national health law could lead to the rationing of health care. He aimed his comments squarely at Hispanic immigrants, a key voting bloc.

"What they don't understand is why is it in this country their daughter is being denied treatment by a junta of bureaucrats," he said, after delivering much of his statement in Spanish. "And that's the looming tragic reality" of President Obama's health care law.

The Romney endorsements did not go unnoticed by the leading abortion-rights groups, who have long since written him off as a potential ally.

"So much for the idea that Romney will try to move to the middle in the general election," said Nancy Keenan of NARAL Pro-Choice America, in a statement about the Susan B. Anthony List endorsement. "One of the major groups behind the War on Women is now rewarding Romney for supporting policies that would undermine women's freedom and privacy at every turn."

The advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood, for its part, released a video suggesting that when it comes to women's health, Romney's positions are the same as Santorum's.

TOPICS: News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; prochoice; prolife; romney
There's that old "lesser of two evils" thing again.
1 posted on 04/12/2012 8:38:19 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What fools, endorsing a likely pro-abort.

2 posted on 04/12/2012 8:42:17 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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Next, the “pro-gun” groups will come out for him. Romney is no better than Bill Clinton was when it comes to firearms ownership.....

I’m about ready to just give up on politics I think.

We may be at that awkward stage where it’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.

3 posted on 04/12/2012 8:45:59 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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Mitt Romney forces all Massachusetts Catholic hospitals to dispense the Morning-After Pill even though they believe it to be murder..... and the pro-life community endorses him and vows to spend their money getting him elected, when solidly pro-life Newt Gingrich is still in the race.


A lot of people are losing credibility. I’m running out of anybody to trust these days.

4 posted on 04/12/2012 9:14:18 PM PDT by butterdezillion
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Here’s a link that goes into details on that:

5 posted on 04/12/2012 9:23:27 PM PDT by butterdezillion
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Yeah I guess the pro life groups know nothing about this issue. /s

This “lesser of two evils” stuff is baseless. As discussed by the pro life advocates in the article, Romney is pro life whereas Obama is pro abortion. That is not a lesser of two evils choice.

6 posted on 04/12/2012 9:44:18 PM PDT by Williams (a)
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Yes, what were they thinking? When Obama is such a better choice. Not.

7 posted on 04/12/2012 10:42:48 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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National Right to Life = National Right to Fundraise for 40 years accomplishing jack squat.

8 posted on 04/12/2012 11:06:04 PM PDT by Waywardson (Carry on! Nothing equals the splendor!)
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Romney says he had a change of heart regarding abortion and I happen to believe him.

9 posted on 04/12/2012 11:28:57 PM PDT by Kharis13 (That noise you hear is our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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I don’t know whether I believe him or not, but there is at least a chance Romney had a legit conversion. There is no chance at all that Obama will ever support the right to life. He is an ardent abortion supporter as they come.

10 posted on 04/13/2012 12:16:40 AM PDT by Pinkbell (Rick Santorum For President (
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The Romney “in his own words pro-abort Youtubes”, a couple of
them that I’ve posted at FR. I checked just now, they’ve
been removed!!!!

It’s getting darker....Jesus Mercy

11 posted on 04/13/2012 12:23:13 AM PDT by stpio
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I found another copy at Youtube, it’s not as clear sounding but you hear it, how the man really feels.

Show me your actions for life Mitt and I’ll believe you’ve

12 posted on 04/13/2012 12:30:19 AM PDT by stpio
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There's that old "lesser of two evils" thing again.

Don't the dumb people running these organizations realize that they don't have to endorse anyone? Why lose your credibility by endorsing someone who might be a little better than the other guy and who has a huge probability to stab you in the back?

I'm very skeptical of Romney's convenient conversion on abortion. Until I see enough tangible evidence to prove that he's pro-life, I don't trust him. As a Mormon, Romney should be pro-life but he was a Mormon when he was an ardent pro-choicer. Why would anyone believe Mitt Romney when everyone realizes that he has a history of saying whatever is convenient at the moment? Seems awful foolish to me.

13 posted on 04/13/2012 7:37:14 AM PDT by CommerceComet (If Mitt can leave the GOP to protest Reagan, why can't I do the same in protest of Romney?)
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