By Gary P Jackson
Mitt Romney caused a big stink last week by refusing to sign the Susan B. Anthony List's Pro-Life pledge. BTW, neither did Herman Cain or Gary Johnson.
Now let me say straightaway that signing these sort of pledges are, as far as I am concerned, meaningless gestures, and a waste of time. With that said, it was certainly a bad political decision for Romney to pass. As anyone familiar with Mitt Romney's actual record knows, Mitt was a HUGE supporter of abortion mills like Planned Parenthood, and pandered his ass off to the pro-baby killing crowd. It wasn't until Romney decided to make a run at the presidency that he suddenly became pro-life.
Romney's record of saying one thing and doing something else is quite troubling, and by not signing the pledge, it opens up a can of worms for Mitt.
Here's the pledge SBA List asked GOP hopefuls to sign:
Only nominate to the U.S. Supreme Court and federal bench judges who are committed to restraint and applying the original meaning of the Constitution, not legislating from the bench
Select pro-life appointees for relevant Cabinet and Executive Branch positions, in particular the head of National Institutes of Health, the Department of Health & Human Services, and the Department of Justice
Advance pro-life legislation to permanently end all taxpayer funding of abortion in all domestic and international spending programs, and defund Planned Parenthood and all other contractors and recipients of federal funds with affiliates that perform or fund abortions
Advance and sign into law a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion.
That's a pretty modest pledge. Nothing that would tie a president's hands, or his ability to find suitable people for key positions in their government, or the judiciary. You'll notice the first item has nothing to do with abortion. It's all about pledging to only "nominate to the U.S. Supreme Court and federal bench judges who are committed to restraint and applying the original meaning of the Constitution, not legislating from the bench."
Now one would think a presidential candidate, from ANY political party would be on board with that part of the pledge, as the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land. Sadly, to think this would be nothing more than wishcasting.
Mitt Romney has a huge problem with this pledge, all of it, and claims it WOULD hamper his ability to govern. Romney writes in a National Review Online article: [emphasis mine]
My Pro-Life Pledge
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.
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. 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. That is precisely what the pledge would demand and require of a president who signed it.
The pledge also unduly burdens a president’s ability to appoint the most qualified individuals to a broad array of key positions in the federal government. I would expect every one of my appointees to carry out my policies on abortion and every other issue, irrespective of their personal views.
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.
Well, let's look at the type of people Romney would likely appoint to the courts. From the Boston Globe in 2005: [emphasis mine]
Governor Mitt Romney, who touts his conservative credentials to out-of-state Republicans, has passed over GOP lawyers for three-quarters (75%) of the 36 judicial vacancies he has faced, instead tapping registered Democrats or independents – including two gay lawyers who have supported expanded same-sex rights.
Of the 36 people Romney named to be judges or clerk magistrates, 23 are either registered Democrats or unenrolled voters who have made multiple contributions to Democratic politicians or who voted in Democratic primaries, state and local records show. In all, he has nominated nine registered Republicans, 13 unenrolled voters, and 14 registered Democrats.
Perhaps Romney's REAL objection to signing the pledge is he knows the sort of liberals he'd like to appoint to key positions, and signing the pledge would come back to bite him early, and often.
Let's face it, Romney's entire record in public office is that of a far left liberal, not a Conservative. Romney recently came out FOR ethanol subsidies, something so unpopular the democrat controlled Senate just voted overwhelming to end, and Romney actually believes in the global warming fairy tale. This pronouncement has garnered Mitt the all-important Al Gore endorsement. The man is also the father of socialized medicine in America, and his RomneyCare served as the blueprint for ObamaCare.
While we're on RomneyCare, let's not forget that Mitt's "glorious achievement" pays for abortion-on-demand for the bargain basement price of a $50 co-pay.Something that even ObamaCare doesn't cover!
Here's what SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser had to say: [emphasis mine]
Our next president must recognize the urgency of addressing over a million abortions per year. That’s why our pledge calls for active leadership, not just checking the box. Five candidates took the pledge, and the pro-life grassroots know where they stand.
Governor Romney refused to take the pledge and his explanation raises more questions than answers. In good conscience, we cannot let this rest.
He seems to indicate that he wants the freedom to nominate pro-abortion candidates for key cabinet positions such as Attorney General or Secretary of Health and Human Services. This is precisely what we want to rule out and it is unacceptable.
He chooses to identify non-existent legislation that would defund hospitals as a reason not to sign. Defunding hospitals has never been considered by Congress, is not part of public debate, and is not part of the pledge. 95 percent of abortions are performed outside of hospitals. Instead, we outlined existing pieces of pro-life legislation that address taxpayer funding of abortion. We would like to know where he stands on each measure.
States across the country are passing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which provides protection for unborn babies capable of feeling pain. The grassroots need to know if Governor Romney would advance and sign a federal version into law.
Now I know Romney supporters will protest that Mitt is indeed pro-life, because, you know, he said so. Unfortunately, Romney's record of sticking his finger in the wind to see what his position on any given subject is, at the moment, is legendary. Other than his stubborn refusal to admit he screwed the people of Massachusetts royally with his RomneyCare, there is no position Romney takes that isn't subject to a flip and a flop.
With his statement on the SBA List pledge, Romney is doing what he always does, trying to have it both ways. He's a life long liberal, like his father, but he knows in order to be even remotely relevant as a Republican, he has to try and fool people into thinking he's a Conservative.
Though we are discussing abortion here, the outright slaughter of human life, the issue of Romney's blow with the wind politics applies to every thing he does and would do if, by some ungodly accident, he became president.
You can find hundreds of these but here is a sample of videos where Mitt Romney defends a woman's "right to chose" [to murder her child]
Here Romney's wife Ann works hard to make sure the reporter knows Mitt won't touch abortion. Mitt jumps in at the end.
This is from the gubernatorial debates of 2002. Romney goes on and on imploring all who will listen that he will "preserve a woman's right to chose." Romney even stands against a 24 hour waiting period before a mother can slaughter her child. I'll be honest, after watching Romney for years, this is the very first time I have seen the man passionate about anything, and that passion is all about killing babies.
This video is very telling. In November of 2004 Mitt claims to have been converted to pro-life. But 6 months later, in May of 2005 Romney is back at the podium saying that while he "personally" is against abortion, he will do absolutely nothing to change Massachusetts law regarding abortion. Way to take a stand there Mitt! You are a true "Profile in Courage" my boy.
Protecting the life of innocents is one of the most basic tenets of humanity. It's what separates us from animals. And yet, to Mitt Romney, it's just something else to play politics with. To play both ends against the middle, and hope no one pays attention. Mitt Romney CANNOT be trusted to keep his word on this, or any other issue. Can. Not. Be. Trusted.
America deserves better than this. America deserves better than Mitt Romney.