After the roll call of 50 states taken at the Republican convention, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney officially becomes the GOP nominee for president, to take on pro-abortion President Barack Obama.
Romney received 2061 delegate votes, with other candidates receiving 202 votes from delegates representing all 50 states and U.S. territories. New Jersey provided the votes that officially gave Romney enough to become the nominee. According to the RNC, the vote total broke down as follows: 2,032 delegates for Romney, 189 for Ron Paul, 9 for Rick Santorum, 1 for Michele Bachmann, 1 Jon Huntsman, 1 Buddy Roemer.
Romney has selected strongly pro-life Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate. Ryan is a Wisconsin congressman know for his conservative stances on fiscal and budget issues but he is very strongly pro-life — saying he would never vote for abortion.
The National Right to Life Committee, in tracking the votes Ryan has cast in Congress on important pro-life issues, has crafted a perfect 100% pro-life voting record.
In a new interview taped last week and aired on Fox News Sunday, Romney expressed a clear pro-life position saying he opposes abortions and is concerned about protecting both mother and child who are adversely affected by them.
“And in regards to the issue of abortion, that is something where men and women have alternative views on that or different views. We look at an issue like that with great seriousness and sobriety and recognize that different people have reached different conclusions,” Romney said during the interview.
“But it’s not just men who think one way, women also in many cases are pro-life. There are two lives at stake: the unborn child and the mom, and I care for both of them,” he said.
Determined to secure a pro-life victory in the November election, which will decide the fate of unborn children for decades to come, leading pro-life groups have endorsed Romney for president — including National Right to Life, the Susan B. Anthony List, and CatholicVote.
“Romney opposes abortion and has called the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, “a big mistake.” Romney has expressed his support of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for abortion,” the pro-life group explained. “Romney has also stated he believes the Obama health care law should be repealed. The Obama health care law would open the door to federal subsidies for abortion coverage and rationing of lifesaving medical care. He has also stated that, if elected, he would reinstate the Mexico City Policy, which prevents federal dollars from going to organizations that perform or promote abortion overseas.”
Right to Life says Romney’s pro-life views are a stark contrast to the pro-abortion record President Barack Obama has crafted.
“In comparison, since taking office in January 2009, President Obama has been an outspoken advocate for abortion and has unceasingly worked to expand funding of and access to abortion,” National Right to Life said. “He rescinded the Mexico City Policy, threatened to veto the entire federal spending bill – forcing a government shutdown – rather than accept a provision cutting funding to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. Obama also threatened to veto the Protect Life Act, which would repeal the abortion-expanding provisions of his health care law, and the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which would permanently prohibit any federal program from funding elective abortion.”
“Additionally, President Obama championed the so-called Affordable Care Act while opposing pro-life amendments in the Senate. As enacted, the law will result in federal funding of health plans that pay for elective abortion, and will lead to large-scale rationing of lifesaving medical treatments,” NRLC continued.
“Governor Romney is the committed pro-life candidate in this race,” Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser says in a opinion column at National Review. “That’s not speculation or wishful thinking. Governor Romney has made firm commitments to protect the unborn, their mothers, and pro-life American taxpayers.”
Dannenfelser points out that, last year, Romney submitted a column to the same publication outlining what he would do as president and the pro-life legislative and other commitments he would make.
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The SBA List president writes: “In a post on National Review Online last June, Governor Romney committed himself to the pro-life position and called Roe v. Wade “bad law and bad medicine.” He didn’t stop there. Rather than just check the pro-life box, Governor Romney went on to make concrete commitments.”
The commitments include de-funding Planned Parenthood and abortion, stopping promotion of abortion overseas, signing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to ban late-term abortions in the nation’s capital, appoint constitutionalist justices to the Supreme Court, and selecting a pro-life vice-presidential running mate.
“Governor Romney has made it clear that he is the pro-life candidate in this race — which is why the SBA List Board of Directors voted unanimously to stand behind him in April. It is the responsibility of all pro-life voters to now unite behind Governor Romney. Together we can put a pro-life leader in the White House,” Dannenfelser said.