Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney pounded pro-life themes at the National Right to Life convention in a video address this morning before hundreds of pro-life convention-goers.
The former governor talked about his pro-life conversion experience he had during his time in office.
“I’m just one of many Americans from every walk off life who found themselves asking an important question and, after thoughtful deliberation came to a heartfelt conclusion: innocent human life must be respected and protected from its beginning to its natural end,” he said. After he was elected governor of Massachusetts, Romney said “I was confronted with legislation that called on me to expand the legal taking of unborn life, treating human embryos as mere research material to be experimented upon and then destroyed. I could not support that. Government sanction of abortion devalues human life.”
Romney talked about his record as governor — vetoing legislation that came under criticism from pro-life groups after passing the state legislature.
“As governor then, whenever the question of life came before me, I answered that we must protect it,” he said. “I fought to ban human cloning. i fought to ban embryo farming. I fought to define life as beginning at conception. I fought for abstinence education in our schools. And I vetoed a bill that would have given young girls abortion-inducing pills without prescription or parental consent. I fought those fights because in the quiet conscience I knew it was the right thing to do. And I will always be grateful for advocates like you who stand to protect human life.”
Romney told the audience that the economy is most prominent on the minds of most American voters and will be a key campaign issue in the election. However, he said the president can never make the economy the only issue after heading to the White House.
“I will not forget that a strong country needs more than a strong economy. It needs strong families and strong values as well,” he said.
Romney took a verbal blow at pro-abortion President Barack Obama, saying, “President Obama once said that decisions about abortion are ‘above his pay grade.’ I’ll never be so cavalier about life. I will be a pro-life president.”
Looking specifically at the kinds of policies Romney said he would institute as president, he continued: “I will reinstate the Mexico City Policy. I’ll cut off funding for the United Nations Population Fund, which supports China’s abhorrent one child policy. I’ll ensure that abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood get no taxpayer dollars. And I’ll reverse Obama regulations that attack our religious freedom and threaten innocent life. I’ll nominate judges who respect the Constitution, are proponents of judicial restraint, and know the difference between personal opinion and law.”
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“If elected president I will work with you to foster respect for innocent human life with an understanding that a culture that fails to do so ultimately becomes a culture in which respect for fellow human beings is diminished. I’m heartened by the advances made by the pro-life movement over the last several years,” Romney concluded. “The ranks of our pro-life partners are growing every day. hat progress would not be possible without your passion and your dedication. God bless you for it and God bless the United States of America.”