Following on the heels of the National Right to Life Committee and Susan B. Anthony List endorsing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, noted pro-life blogger Jill Stanek is supporting him as well.
Stanek says she has “a soft spot for pro-life converts, which Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is” and the nurse who exposed the practice of live birth abortions believes the former Massachusetts governor is genuinely pro-life.
“I think pro-lifers could do a much better job of supporting them. I think it is time for that to happen for some of us who have been reluctant about Romney. The fact that he used to be pro-abortion is the major hang-up,” she said.
“I’ve told the story before of meeting then-gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie at the New Jersey Rally for Life in 2009, where he was being maligned by his primary opponent as a fake, a political opportunist. There were even a few boos when he was introduced. Feeling sorry for Christie, who looked a little out of place, I approached his table during dinner, introduced myself, and sat down to offer encouragement for his conversion. He lightened up and talked a mile a minute, describing how he had changed his view on the life issue when becoming a father in the 1990s,” Stanek added. “To start out pro-abortion and end up pro-life cannot be an easy process, particularly when one is in the public eye. But Romney has made that change.”
Stanek says Romney will be a breath of fresh air in the White House as a welcome change from pro-abortion President Barack Obama, noting that he will likely very quickly restore the Mexico City Policy to stop taxpayer funding to the Planned Parenthood abortion business to promote and perform abortions abroad.
“There are also many intangibles a pro-life president brings to the table. Just imagine a president whose Justice Department allows states to defund Planned Parenthood without suing, for instance?” Stanek writes.
But Stanek says the biggest change is a different approach on the kinds of judges who could either pave the way for ending abortion by overturning Roe v. Wade or extending the decision’s life another 40 years.
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“But as to the most consequential duty of our next president, choosing 2-3 Supreme Court justices, Romney has already started down the path he promised. In August 2011 Romney formed a Judicial Advisory Committee, with two of the best pro-life minds agreeing to serve as chairpersons: Judge Robert Bork and Professor Mary Ann Glendon, former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See,” she said.
Stanek also cited the support Romney has received from local pro-life leaders in Massachusetts who know him best.
As for lingering pro-life complaints against Romney, Glendon was part of a group of pro-life leaders from Massachusetts, which also included Kris Mineau, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Family Institute, and Ray Ruddy, President of the Gerard Health Foundation (which biannually awards Life Prizes), who corrected the record in a statement in January, posted on LifeNews.com,” she said.
Stanek also cited an email from Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of Pro-Life Action League and son of renowned pro-life advocate Joe Scheidler, who is encouraging pro-life advocates to get behind Romney. He’s has recently written:
Now that Santorum is out, it’s this man’s opinion we all need to cowboy up and help Romney beat Obama.
And that starts, now, with avoiding all disparaging remarks about “holding one’s nose” and the like, which I’ve been seeing on Facebook these last few hours. From now on, I’m nothing but thrilled I’ve got a good man to rally behind, and I’ll leave it to Team Obama to make Romney look like anything less.
It also means working to convince our friends that sitting out this election is the wrong call. Yes, I’d rather have 8 years of Romney than 4 more years of Obama followed by the impossible task of undoing 4 more years of Obama.
Finally, defeating Obama with Romney shows the both of them, and the whole country with them, who owns the grassroots.