by Steven Ertelt
October 28, 2007
Mitt Romney Predicts Rudy Giuliani’s Support Will Fade Over Abortion
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor, said over the weekend that he thinks support for pro-abortion candidate Rudy Giuliani will begin to fade. Giuliani still leads in national polls but his support is down there and in polls in early primary and caucus states. Romney also said that Giuliani’s pledge to appoint only conservative judges won’t ease the fears of pro-life advocates. ”I think being pro-life is more than saying you’ll appoint strict constructionist judges. I think his positions are not entirely aligned with the mainstream Republican voter,” Romney told AP. ”These are elements of being pro-life that are part of that comprehensive posture and being pro-choice, as the mayor says he is, would mean that you are not going to take the same positions as someone who is pro-life." He said that, as the field narrows and more candidates drop out, that the conservative and pro-life vote won’t be split as much by so many candidates. ”There are a lot of us fighting on that side. There are six, seven or eight of us going after that audience and Mayor Giuliani is pretty much alone on the other side,” Romney said. ”It’s not a big surprise that he continues to hold that portion of the party.” ”Those of us who represent that base will find that we can get that support and ultimately face up one to one with Mayor Giuliani,” Romney said. ”At that point he’ll have a more challenging time because I do not believe the Republican Party is going to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House by acting like Hillary Clinton."
Black Pro-Life Leader Calls for Day of Prayer on National Blackout Day
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Dr. Alveda King, the niece of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a representative of Priests for Life, last week endorsed the National Black Out Day scheduled for November 2. But she took a different direction as she urged participants use the day to repent and pray about abortion. "National Black Out Day is a call to African Americans to refrain from spending any money on November 2, but if it’s to make any difference, it needs to include much more," she told LifeNews.com. "Any action any of us takes will be in vain if we don’t humble ourselves, repent, and pray to God for His will to be done. We need to do more than refrain from buying and selling. For starters, we need to stop killing each other, and that includes paying abortionists to kill our children." Dr. King added: "Injustice is a blight on our land and we are right to protest it whenever and wherever it appears. The greatest injustice we face, though, is the denial of the right to life. Without life, no other rights exist. We need to spend National Black Out Day asking God to rid our nation of the evil of abortion."
Doctors Help Lead Missouri Coalition For Human Cloning Ban Ballot Vote
Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) — Doctors and physicians are getting involved in the effort to support a ballot vote in 2008 that would close the loopholes of another proposition state voters approved last year that would allow human cloning. They are helping Missourians Against Human Cloning with their efforts. Dr. Rob Hanson of Creve Coeur is one of many lending a helping hand and their expertise in the medical field. “We really want to send a message to the voters of Missouri that there are physicians whose lives are devoted to caring for and treating and curing patients who nonetheless have a tremendous difficulty dealing with the ethical aspects of human cloning as a means to try to find treatments and cures,” Hanson told AP. He specializes in pediatric cancer treatment, hematology, and oncology in St. Louis. “I think it’s so important for those individuals outside of immediate religious quarters to be able to see such a broad coalition,” Hanson told AP. “That’s part of the reason for having physicians so prominently featured in this campaign. It does really speak to the validity of what are we worried about here. It’s not just an ultra right wing kind of group that’s trying to do this. It’s a fundamental principle that’s at stake, and it’s a very broad cross section of individuals that stand in opposition to this.”
Pennsylvania Judge Rules Judicial Candidates Can Discuss Abortion Issues
Harrisburg, PA (LifeNews.com) — U.S. District Court Judge Marvin Katz last week ruled that judicial candidates in Pennsylvania can discuss their views on political issues, including abortion. They can do so as long as they do not promise to rule in a particular way if elected. Katz last week also lifted an order issued in May that temporarily halted enforcement of a rule in the state’s Code of Judicial Conduct that prevents candidates from publicly disclosing their views on political issues. The Pennsylvania Family Institute and six judicial candidates from Lancaster County in May filed a federal lawsuit that claims a lack of clarity in the rule. The lawsuit targets a provision of the judicial code that bars candidates from pledging anything more than "the faithful and impartial performance of the duties of office" and from making statements that "commit or appear to commit the candidate with respect to cases, controversies or issues that are likely to come before the court." PFI mailed a questionnaire to 120 candidates for state and county judgeships in the May 15 primary, seeking their views on abortion and other issues. Nineteen candidates responded, and many of the candidates who responded declined to answer some questions, citing their concerns about ethics rules violations.