by Steven Ertelt
December 20, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Mitt Romney picked up an important endorsement this week when former Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork said he supported the former governor. Bork became a celebrity among pro-life groups in the 1980s when abortion advocates in the Senate defeated his nomination.
"Throughout my career, I have had the honor of serving under several Presidents and am proud to make today’s endorsement," Bork said in a statement the Romney campaign supplied LifeNews.com.
"No other candidate will do more to advance the conservative judicial movement than Governor Mitt Romney," Bork added. "He knows firsthand how the judicial branch can profoundly affect the future course of a state and a nation."
Bork said Romney’s leadership as president would serve "as a model to the nation on how to respect all of our citizens while respecting the rule of law at the same time."
When it comes to selecting Supreme Court justices, Bork says he’s convinced Romney "is committed to nominating judges who take their oath of office seriously and respect the rule of law in our nation."
Welcoming Judge Bork’s support, Governor Romney said that the attorney and legal scholar has been a leader for conservatives.
"As one of our nation’s premier conservative jurists, he has been an important voice for our conservative values in Washington," Romney said. "I look forward to his counsel and working with him on the most important judicial matters facing our nation today."
Bork’s nomination to the high court was fatally wounded when pro-abortion Sen. Ted Kennedy took to the Senate floor with a strong condemnation of him in a nationally televised speech.
"Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions," he claimed.
Had Bork been confirmed to the nation’s high court, several key abortion decisions could have gone the other way as the nominee after him, Judge Anthony Kennedy, defied the pro-life expectations most political observers had.
Since then, Bork has become a renowned legal scholar who has rejected the premise that a right to an abortion is found or implied in the Constitution.