Pro-Life Leader: Romney Working Closely With Social Conservatives

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 18, 2012   |   12:52PM   |   Washington, DC

When it comes to the presidential election, defeating pro-abortion President Barack Obama is just the beginning for pro-life voters. The pro-life community needs to have a new president who will work together with pro-life groups to advance the pro-life agenda and field a staff that will do so as well.

While some pro-life voters may have their doubts about Mitt Romney — despite numerous endorsements from pro-life groups and a campaign that has been centered on pro-life themes like overturning Roe, de-funding Planned Parenthood, and stopping abortion funding — one pro-life leader says Romney has been great to work with so far.

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said over the weekend that Romney and his campaign has been the best work with during the time he has been at the helm of the pro-life groups — which portends will for future relationships with a Romney administration.

“I in no way, in no way, let me be very explicit, in no way do I feel like he’s slighted values voters. I feel that he’s very responsive,” Perkins said Saturday, according to the web site Buzzfeed.

“I’ve been communicating regularly with the campaign,” Perkins said. “I have met with the candidate. And I will say he even called me on the day that FRC was attacked in a shooting, he called to extend his condolences, his thoughts, his prayers for our team.”

“So I will say the communications we have had with this campaign and their responsiveness to the issues we care about has actually been better than any candidate or campaign that I have worked with at the nine years I’ve been at FRC,” Perkins said.

The comments from Perkins came after Romney sent a videotaped address to the Family research Council’s weekend Values Voter Summit event.

In his address, Romney again pledged to promote pro-life values as president should he defeat pro-abortion President Barack Obama.

“We can turn things around. And we can start this November by making a big change at the top. We need a president who shares our commitment to conservative principles and our respect for traditional values,” Romney said in the speech. “We will uphold the sanctity of life, not abandon it or ignore it, and we will defend marriage, not try to redefine it. We need a president who understands that we will not have a strong economy unless we have strong communities and strong families.”

Vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan also addressed the Values Voter Summit and delivered a an address that took Obama to task on abortion.

Ryan told the audience:  “President Obama likes to say, “We’re all in this together.” “We’re all in this together” – it has a nice ring.  For everyone who loves this country, it is not only true but obvious. Yet how hollow it sounds coming from a politician who has never once lifted a hand to defend the most helpless and innocent of all human beings, the child waiting to be born.”

“Giving up any further pretense of moderation on this issue, and in complete disregard of millions of pro-life Democrats, President Obama has chosen to pander to the most extreme elements of his party,” Ryan continued.

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The pro-life congressman added, “In the Clinton years, the stated goal was to make abortion “safe, legal and rare.” But that was a different time, and a different president. Now, apparently, the Obama-Biden ticket stands for an absolute, unqualified right to abortion – at any time, under any circumstances, and even at taxpayer expense.”

Ryan made clear his desire to see Roe v. Wade overturned and the question of abortion taken out of the courts.

“When you get past all of the President’s straw men, what we believe is plain to state: These vital questions should be decided, not by the caprice of unelected judges, but by the conscience of the people and their elected representatives.  And in this good-hearted country, we believe in showing compassion for mother and child alike,” he said.

“We don’t write anyone off in America, especially those without a voice.  Every child has a place and purpose in this world.  Everyone counts, and in a just society the law should stand on the side of life,” Ryan concluded.

He added, “So much of our history has been a constant striving to live up to the ideals of our founding, about rights and their ultimate source.  At our opponent’s convention, a rowdy dispute broke out over the mere mention of that source. For most of us, it was settled long ago that our rights come from nature and nature’s God, not from government.”