by Steven Ertelt
November 26, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading advisor for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave a weekend interview in which he said the former Massachusetts governor’s position on abortion is more consistent than fellow GOP contender Fred Thompson’s. Jim Bopp, a top pro-life attorney, said Romney backs a human life amendment.
Bopp responded to some pro-life advocates who are wondering if Romney is being inconsistent by saying he supports the amendment but also supports overturning Roe.
"He wants Roe v. Wade overturned so that states will be able to protect innocent human life and when there is a sufficient consensus for a human life amendment then he wants to see a human life amendment," Bopp told CBN News correspondent David Brody.
"What he has said is that it is a two step process. The first step is reversal of Roe v. Wade which will have the effect of returning it to the states. The human life amendment is the aspirational goal and when the consensus arises to accomplish that that would be the final step," Bopp added.
Bopp also told CBN news, "Mitt Romney supports a human life amendment when it is possible and what he is saying is that it is not possible right now but what is possible is reversing Roe vs Wade."
That’s the same line of thought Thompson gave in a Sunday interview.
But, Bopp says the difference between the two candidates is that Romney supports an amendment eventually while Thompson has said he doesn’t back one.
"The difference between Thompson and Romney is that Thompson said that he opposes a human life amendment period," Bopp said.
"The principle difference is that Thompson is placing federalism as the trump card and that Romney is placing protection of unborn life as the trump card," Bopp claimed.
Bopp said the human life amendment satisfied the federalism approach Thompson favors because it would have 75 percent of the states signing off on the amendment and allowing states to decide on the language of the Constitution.