by Steven Ertelt
October 20, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney got a boost over the weekend when Dr. John Willke, credited as one of the founders of the modern-day pro-life movement, gave him his endorsement. Willke was the president of National Right to Life and the Romney campaign tells LifeNews.com he will be a surrogate for it.
Romney has come under fire during the presidential campaign because of his recent pro-life conversion just a few years ago.
Some have doubted whether Romney is truly pro-life and Willke’s endorsement will help his campaign overcome some of their concerns.
Willke, a physician who remains active in the pro-life movement in Ohio, says he based his endorsement of the former Massachusetts governor on his record in office.
"Unlike other candidates who only speak to the importance of confronting the major social issues of the day, Governor Romney has a record of action in defending life," he said in a statement sent to LifeNews.com.
"Every decision he made as Governor was on the side of life. I know he will be the strong pro-life President we need in the White House," Willke added. "Governor Romney is the only candidate who can lead our pro-life and pro-family conservative movement to victory in 2008."
The GOP presidential contender said he was thrilled to receive Willke’s endorsement.
"I am proud to have the support of a man who has meant so much to the pro-life movement in our country," Governor Romney said.
"He knows how important it is to have someone in Washington who will actively promote pro-life policies," Romney added. "Policies that include more than appointing judges who will follow the law but also opposing taxpayer funded abortion and partial birth abortion."
Willke joins National Right to Life legal counsel Jim Bopp in supporting the Romney campaign, though the organization itself has yet to make a presidential endorsement.