The highest ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, Speaker John Boehner, issued an endorsement for Mitt Romney today to become the GOP nominee to face pro-abortion President Barack Obama.
Boehner is the chairman of the Republican National Convention and had previously stayed neutral in the race of out respect for the primary election process. But with Romney’s top opponent, Rick Santorum, essentially leaving the GOP race last week, most political observers believe Romney is the likely nominee and Republicans and pro-life groups are beginning to coalesce around him to take on Obama.
“It’s clear now that Mitt Romney is going to be our nominee,” the Speaker told reporters after a House GOP conference meeting, according to a report in The Hill. “I think Mitt Romney has a set of economic policies that can put Americans back to work and contrast sharply with the failed economic policies of President Obama. And I will be proud to support Mitt Romney and do everything I can to help him win.”
Boehner has been an active pro-life Speaker and has worked overtime to push pro-life bills and went to bat for pro-life advocates in their fight to de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Boehner spent more than an hour lobbying Obama to allow a provision in the federal government’s budget to de-fund Planned parenthood but Obama steadfastly refused.
Later Tuesday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell endorsed Romney.
“I support Mitt Romney for president of the United States,” McConnell said. “We’re all looking forward to the fall campaign, which is already under way.”
On the subject of Planned Parenthood funding, Obama and Romney have polar opposition views — with Obama funding the abortion business and releasing a video recently promoting it.
Romney, earlier this year, called for overturning the Roe v. Wade decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy for any reason and resulted in more than 54 million abortions on unborn children.
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Romney made the following statement on the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade:
“Today marks the 39th anniversary of one of the darkest moments in Supreme Court history, when the court in Roe v. Wade claimed authority over the fundamental question regarding the rights of the unborn. The result is millions of lives since that day have been tragically silenced. Since that day, the pro-life movement has been working tirelessly in an effort to change hearts and minds and protect the weakest and most vulnerable among us. Today, we recommit ourselves to reversing that decision, for in the quiet of conscience, people of both political parties know that more than a million abortions a year cannot be squared with the good heart of America.”
Romney has also called for stopping federal funding of the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
“I also feel that the government should cut off funding to Planned Parenthood,”said. “Look, the idea that we’re subsidizing an institution that provides abortion, in my view, is wrong. Planned Parenthood oughta stand on its own feet and should not get government subsidy.”
Romney also touted his pro-life credentials, saying, “I am a pro-life individual, I was a pro-life governor, I served as a pro-life governor, I’m a pro-life candidate. I simply do not want to participate in anything that takes the lives of an unborn child.”