by Steven Ertelt
October 18, 2007
Pawleys Island, SC (LifeNews.com) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigned in South Carolina on Thursday and had a local voter ask him where he stands on the issue of abortion. The former Massachusetts governor said he is "proud" to be pro-life after supporting legalized abortion most of his political career.
"I am pro-life and I am proud to be pro-life," Romney said.
The former governor also told local residents that he opposes forcing taxpayers to pay for abortions using federal funds and would name justices to the Supreme Court who oppose abortion.
According to an AP report, Romney also told the local voter that he opposes human cloning and creating human embryos for the sole purpose of destruction in scientific research.
Romney has left some pro-life advocates confused about where he stands on the subject of stem cell research.
His confronting how life is destroying in the embryonic variety was supposedly the catalyst of his conversion to the pro-life perspective. However, he has given seemingly contradictory statements on the topic.
Appearing to support his Thursday comments, Romney has said, "I will not create new embryos through cloning or through embryo farming because that would be creating life for the purpose of destroying it."
But the GOP presidential candidate has also said, "Some stem cells today are obtained from surplus embryos from in-vitro fertilization. I support that research."
In actuality, virtually all of the human beings destroyed for their stem cells are so-called "leftover" embryos who are obtained from fertility clinics.