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Romney says won't pursue new abortion laws
Reuters ^ | Oct. 9, 2012 | Steve Holland

Posted on 10/09/2012 7:42:34 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

(Reuters) - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, in an apparent fresh move toward the political center, said on Tuesday if elected he would not pursue specific legislation targeting abortion.

"There's no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda," Romney told the Des Moines Register's editorial board during a campaign visit to Van Meter, Iowa.

Romney's comment could be construed as reassuring some women voters who have had reservations about his candidacy. In recent weeks he has taken some steps toward the political center as he tries to attract independent voters before the November 6 election.

Some conservatives would like legislation aimed at limiting abortions, which were legalized in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

Reacting to Romney's comments, President Barack Obama's campaign sharply criticized the Republican, saying he had previously pledged to appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

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To: ansel12

“I think the old standby definitions of who votes for which party have been blown away in this campaign. I think people recognize that I’m not a partisan Republican—that I’m someone who is moderate, and that my views are progressive.”
-Mitt Romney (2002)

41 posted on 10/09/2012 9:15:46 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Rome2000


He supports the homosexual agenda as well.

yes he does...

In your face to the Conservative kind of support too...

42 posted on 10/09/2012 9:18:19 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: GeronL; MNJohnnie
He has been a faithful supporter of abortion since he was 11, I think that was his own statement

It is his own statement, but he was 16 and a republican intern when he became dedicated to abortion in 1963, not 11.

43 posted on 10/09/2012 9:20:25 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This article feels like a distraction.

44 posted on 10/09/2012 9:27:28 PM PDT by Txngal
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To: MNJohnnie

Thank you. I believe this is the LAST election of consequence. If we do not repeal Obamacare, another entitlement, and so much more that Obama is getting ready to unleash including all of the treaties in the offing.We are heading for the rocks. I am giving all of my time and much of my treasure to get Romney in. This is not a sporting event this is it. If Obama stays in, I do not think people have really thought through their plan B. What would happen to FR? This administration does not handle criticism well.

45 posted on 10/09/2012 9:27:34 PM PDT by GeaugaRepublican ( "DO OBAMA VOTERS EXIST?")
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To: All

Romney is now pro-life and I believe him.

46 posted on 10/09/2012 9:30:42 PM PDT by Laura722
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To: rwfromkansas; Dr. Sivana; Finny; Colonel_Flagg; shibumi; RitaOK; EternalVigilance; ...

"He has pledged a conservative court." WTH does that mean to Mittler (who calls himself a "severe conservative")? He is running out of new sketches to etch and going back to the old sketches he knew so well. What a despicable POS! Will he be appointing "conservative" judges who will maintain the mass murderous status quo???

47 posted on 10/09/2012 9:32:25 PM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Society. Broil 'em now!!!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Sice Romney has grabbed the poll lead and he is going to win the election, get ready for the distractions from the haters and the Obama boot lickers.

48 posted on 10/09/2012 9:43:04 PM PDT by GregH
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Wow. That’s totally not what he said at all.

Media making stuff up as they go.

49 posted on 10/09/2012 9:48:11 PM PDT by CountryClassSF
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To: Laura722
Romney is now pro-life and I believe him.

You believe him even since his August 27 interview with CBS? Do you really think that he changed all of his life views for this campaign, and that it was all miraculously a real conversion of a 60 year old politician, and that it was just a coincidence that it matched his run for the GOP nomination?

August 27th, 2012. CBS Interview:
PELLEY: Well, the platform as written at this convention for the Republicans does not allow for exceptions on abortion with regard to the health of the mother or rape or incest. Is that where you are?

ROMNEY: No. My position has been clear throughout this campaign. I’m in favor of abortion being legal in the case of rape and incest, and the health and life of the mother.

50 posted on 10/09/2012 10:00:38 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: All
"I didn't vote for Romney, I voted for a more Conservative candidate who ended up with 1.03% of the vote! Romney lost a close election and Obama got to continue his destruction of the American national polity, and chose the successors to Scalia and Kennedy, assuring that the United States as a federal republic would be destroyed forever. But I feel good because I voted my conscience."

If this sounds like you, maybe you should reassess your priorities.

51 posted on 10/09/2012 10:04:51 PM PDT by BushMeister ("We are a nation that has a government - not the other way around." --Ronald Reagan)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Not his job, Its the states. They tried this before.

52 posted on 10/09/2012 10:04:57 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: BlackElk

Wondered when I’d see you on this thread, FRiend.

Point of the matter is, it’s hard to change the spots on a leopard. And when it comes to the unborn, Romney has a history of being a predator.

53 posted on 10/09/2012 10:10:54 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Rome2000; doc1019; GeronL

An Open Letter Regarding Governor Mitt Romney

January 11, 2007

Dear conservative friends:

We hail from a broad spectrum of organizations dedicated to fighting for the pro-family agenda in Massachusetts. As you know, Mitt Romney became the governor of our state in 2003. Since that time, we have worked closely with him and his excellent staff on that agenda.

Some press accounts and bloggers have described Governor Romney in terms we neither have observed nor can we accept. To the contrary, we, who have been fighting here for the values you also hold, are indebted to him and his responsive staff in demonstrating solid social conservative credentials by undertaking the following actions here in Massachusetts:

• Staunchly defended traditional marriage. Governor Romney immediately and strongly condemned the 2003 court decision that legalized “same-sex marriage” in our state. More importantly, he followed up on that denunciation with action – action that saved our nation from a constitutional crisis over the definition of marriage. He and his staff identified and enforced a little-known 1913 law that allowed them to order local clerks not to issue marriage licenses to out-of-state couples. Absent this action, homosexual couples would surely have flooded into Massachusetts from other states to get “married” and then demanded that their home states recognize the “marriages,” putting the nation only one court decision away from nationalizing “same-sex marriage.”

• Worked hard to overturn “same-sex marriage” in the Commonwealth with considerable progress to date. In 2004 he lobbied hard, before a very hostile legislature, for a constitutional amendment protecting marriage – an amendment later changed by the legislature to include civil unions, which the Governor and many marriage amendment supporters opposed. Working with the Governor, we were successful in defeating this amendment.

• Provided active support for a successful citizen petition drive in 2005 to advance a clean constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

• Rallied thousands of citizens to focus public and media attention on the failure of legislators, through repeated delays, to perform their constitutional obligation and vote on the marriage amendment.

• Filed suit before the Supreme Judicial Court. The Governor’s suit asked the court to clarify the legislators’ duty to vote and failing that, to place the amendment on the 2008 ballot. That lawsuit, perhaps more than any other single action, was by all accounts instrumental in bringing pressure on the legislators to vote. The vote ultimately was taken on January 2, 2007 and won legislative support – clearing a major hurdle in the three year effort to restore traditional marriage in the Commonwealth.

• Fought for abstinence education. In 2006, under Governor Romney’s leadership, Massachusetts’ public schools began to offer a classroom program on abstinence from the faith-based Boston group Healthy Futures to middle school students. Promoting the program, Governor Romney stated, “I’ve never had anyone complain to me that their kids are not learning enough about sex in school. However, a number of people have asked me why it is that we do not speak more about abstinence as a safe and preventative health practice.”

• Affirmed the culture of life. Governor Romney has vetoed bills to provide access to the so-called “morning-after pill,” which is an abortifacient, as well as a bill providing for expansive, embryo-destroying stem cell research. He vetoed the latter bill in 2005 because the could not “in good conscience allow this bill to become law.”

• Stood for religious freedom. Last year, Governor Romney was stalwart in defense of the right of Catholic Charities of Boston to refuse to allow homosexual couples to adopt children in its care. Catholic Charities was loudly accused of “discrimination,” but Governor Romney correctly pointed out that it is unjust to force a religious agency to violate the tenets of its faith in order to placate a special-interest group.

• Filed “An Act Protecting Religious Freedom” in the Massachusetts legislature to save Catholic Charities of Boston and other religious groups from being forced to violate their moral principles or stop doing important charitable work.

All of this may explain why John J. Miller, the national political reporter of National Review, has written that “a good case can be made that Romney has fought harder for social conservatives than any other governor in America, and it is difficult to imagine his doing so in a more daunting political environment.”

We are aware of the 1994 comments of Senate candidate Romney, which have been the subject of much recent discussion. While they are, taken by themselves, obviously worrisome to social conservatives including ourselves, they do not dovetail with the actions of Governor Romney from 2003 until now – and those actions have positively and demonstrably impacted the social climate of Massachusetts.

Since well before 2003, we have been laboring in the trenches of Massachusetts, fighting for the family values you and we share. It is difficult work indeed – not for the faint of heart. In this challenging environment, Governor Romney has proven that he shares our values, as well as our determination to protect them.

For four years, Governor Romney has been right there beside us, providing leadership on key issues – whether it was politically expedient to do so or not. He has stood on principle, and we have benefited greatly from having him with us.

It is clear that Governor Romney has learned much since 1994 – to the benefit of our movement and our Commonwealth. In fact, the entire nation has benefited from his socially conservative, pro-family actions in office. As we explained earlier, his leadership on the marriage issue helped prevent our nation from being plunged into even worse legal turmoil following the court decision that forced “gay marriage” upon our Commonwealth.

For that our country ought to be thankful. We certainly are.

Rita Covelle
President, Morality in Media Massachusetts

Richard Guerriero
Immediate Past State Deputy, Massachusetts State Council, Knights of Columbus

Mary Ann Glendon
Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Kristian Mineau
President, Massachusetts Family Institute

Dr. Roberto Miranda
President, COPAHNI Fellowship of Hispanic Pastors of New England

James Morgan
President, Institute for Family Development

Joseph Reilly
President, Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Thomas A. Shields
Chairman, Coalition for Family and Marriage

Note: The signatories are all acting as individual citizens, and not as representatives of their respective organizations. Organizational affiliations and titles appear for identification purposes only.

54 posted on 10/09/2012 10:19:28 PM PDT by Tamzee (The U.S. re-electing Obama would be like the Titanic backing up and ramming the iceberg again.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I don’t care if he pursues it. I only care if he signs it and if he appoints good SCOTUS justices.

55 posted on 10/09/2012 10:29:55 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Holding my nose one more time to get rid of Eric Holder)
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To: Running On Empty


56 posted on 10/09/2012 10:42:33 PM PDT by Running On Empty (The three sorriest words: "It's too late")
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To: Tamzee

Romney recently restated that he will not challenge the homosexualizing of the military that he was promoting in the past and was one of his passionate goals, and was recently put into practice by Obama, and he still supports homosexualizing the Boy Scouts.

Mitt hasn’t changed on supporting the homosexual agenda.

57 posted on 10/09/2012 10:50:06 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: sickoflibs

Abortion is an issue at the national level, the state level, the local level, the medical board level, the medical school level, the school board level, it is an all front war.

We pursue national laws and state laws at the same time, we fight on multiple fronts and take territory where we can.

Mitt has suddenly discovered “states rights” because it covers him for all of his radical leftism on homosexual “marriage”, being radically anti-second amendment, abortion, Romneycare, I don’t know how he works it into his pushing to homosexualize the Boy Scouts though.

58 posted on 10/09/2012 10:58:03 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: doc1019

Abortion was illegal in every state except California and New York.

A woman in Texas sued against the law in Texas. (Norma McCorvey, “Jane Roe.”)

On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court struck down the abortion law in every state.

Just google for “Roe v. Wade.”

59 posted on 10/09/2012 10:59:36 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: ansel12
Mitt hasn’t changed on supporting the homosexual agenda

Correct, he still doesn't support it.

And according to all the pro-family, pro-marriage, pro-life activists that actually worked with Romney in Massachusetts, your implying he supports the homosexual agenda makes you either ignorant or a liar.


60 posted on 10/09/2012 11:04:58 PM PDT by Tamzee (The U.S. re-electing Obama would be like the Titanic backing up and ramming the iceberg again.)
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