by Steven Ertelt
May 10, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Just days after a storm brewed over donations Rudy Giuliani and his former wife made to Planned Parenthood, the Mitt Romney campaign disclosed that his wife formerly supported abortion and that they gave money to the nation’s leading abortion business as well.
Romney has come under heavy criticism for flip-flopping on the issue of abortion just a few years ago after campaign as a pro-abortion candidate in previous elections.
On Thursday, after the pounding Giuliani took over his donations, the Romney campaign admitted that Mitt and Ann Romney donated $150 to Planned Parenthood in 1994.
But the former Massachusetts governor said the couple is now firmly pro-life and has given heavily to his state’s leading pro-life group. He also said he would be president and make abortion policy decisions and the views of his wife didn’t matter.
"Her contributions are for her and not for me, and her positions I do not think are terribly relevant to my campaign," Romney told the Des Moines Register newspaper. "My positions are what I think is relevant for my campaign."
Romney added that he and Ann have donated "generously" to Massachusetts Citizens for Life — to the tune of $15,000 — and that Ann is now a leader in that organization. She confirmed in an interview to ABC News earlier this year that she is pro-life on abortion.
Romney spokesman Kevin Madden told the Boston Globe that Ann doesn’t remember if the check she wrote Planned Parenthood was a donation or the admission fee to an event.
"Since it was so long ago, Ann has no information of the circumstances," he said.
He said the check was written from the couple’s joint checking account and signed by Ann Romney and that Mitt had not signed his name to any donation.
The donation came in 1994 as Romney was challenging pro-abortion Sen. Ted Kennedy.
The candidate has been asked dozens of times about his change of heart on abortion and he addressed that in a campaign stop in Iowa just after talking to the reporters about the donation.
"I know there are some campaigns that want to keep reminding people of that," said Romney. "It’s really hard for me to gauge what people will do."
"I was wrong. … I’m not going to apologize to anyone that I became pro-life," he said.
He mentioned Ann at the campaign stop but did not say anything about her donation.
Meanwhile, some pro-life advocates are unhappy that MCFL has invited Romney to its Mother’s Day Dinner tonight, where the presidential candidate will receive the group’s "Political Leadership Award."