Just How “Pro-Life” Is Mitt Romney?

As the election nears, some in the liberal media are pointing an accusatory finger at Mitt Romney’s alleged “pro-life wiggle.”  He is, they claim, obscuring his stance in a shameless attempt to pander to women voters.  He’s all over the map, they allege—first saying he is pro-life, then refusing to consider legislation which would, in fact, limit the number of abortions.


That’s why it’s great that Lifenews.com reprinted in its entirety a campaign letter in which Romney outlines his pro-life agenda, listing specific positions he would take as President.  The Hyde Amendment, the Mexico City Policy, a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act:  All are policies which our next President supports openly.  He opposes judicial activism, opposes distribution of contraception to minors without parental consent, opposes embryonic cloning.  He supports abstinence education.

Mitt Romney is a principled leader who will bring a respect for life back into the White House.  But don’t take my word for it:  Here is his letter—decide for yourself.

Dear Pam,

Thank you for contacting me about the important issue of abortion. I appreciate your interest in my campaign for president and would like to thank you for taking the time to share your views with me.

I am firmly pro-life. I believe that if abortion were limited to cases of rape, incest, and circumstances in which the mother’s life is in peril, we will have gone a long way to ending abortion in this country. I support the reversal of Roe v. Wade, because it is bad law and bad medicine. Roe was a misguided ruling that was a result of a small group of activist federal judges legislating from the bench.

I support the Hyde Amendment, which broadly bars the use of federal funds for abortions. And as president, I will end federal funding for abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood.

I will reinstate the Mexico City Policy to ensure that nongovernmental organizations that receive funding from America refrain from performing or promoting abortion services, as a method of family planning, in other countries. This includes ending American funding for any United Nations or other foreign assistance program that promotes or performs abortions on women around the world.

I will advocate for and support a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion.

And perhaps most importantly, I will only appoint judges who adhere to the Constitution and the laws as they are written, not as they want them to be written.

As Governor of Massachusetts, I fought to promote abstinence education in the classroom, vetoed legislation to provide emergency contraception without a prescription, and vetoed embryonic cloning legislation. I am proud to say that each time I was presented with legislation on life issues, I sided with life. I remain strongly dedicated to that position.

I am running for president because I believe in America and know that our best days are still ahead. I believe that the principles that made America the leader of the world today—freedom, opportunity, and free enterprise to name just a few—are the very principles that will keep America the leader of the world tomorrow. These last few years have not been the best of times. But while we’ve lost a few years, we have not lost our way.

Again, thank you for contacting me. I encourage you to visit my website at www.MittRomney.com for updated information on this and other issues that may be of interest to you. I look forward to hearing from you in the future, and earning your support.


Mitt Romney


  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2Fsvdj2GOw ProLifeAtheist

    Thanks for clearing this up Kathy, the mainstream media is so biased it is sickening. Mitt Romney’s prolife stance is 100 times better than Obamas. The choice is clear.

    • Sacerdotus

      Who are you kidding? Who is really pro-life? Fewer abortions during Clinton’s term than Bush’s. Who was the real pro-life president? The abortion of the born is much more insidious since once the baby is born whether the infant lives or dies doesn’t seem to be a concern for those who want to remove the safety net. I’ll bet there were fewer abortions during the last four years than during Bush’s last four.

      • LoneThinker

        Sacerdotus; Your objection is so old. Obama revoked the Mexico City protocol, thus allowing our tax money to go overseas to allow China abort their second child and female-gendercide worldwide and now he is pushing the HHS agenda to pay for abortifacients and sterilizations. That violates the first Amendment designed to keep Government off our backs. if you are a Sacerdos, a priest, hope you get converted politically by coming home morally to Jesus’ Consistent Ethic of Life whose authority is much higher than the Bishop of Rome’s and the USCCB’s. Long after the 2012 and 2016 election, we hope, we will be judged on that Mt 25 test for the Kingdom. Pax tecum!

      • http://www.apple.com/iPad/specs.HTML RockyMissouri


  • nnmns

    It’s astounding that anyone, after all Romney’s flips and flops and re-flips would take the word of one of his campaign letters. Is this irony? A parody?

  • James Morgan

    I am pro-life, too, and that includes an end to capital punishment. I think Romeny is a good person, active in his church and family. But he is not a pricipled man. He is completely amoral (not immoral) in is public life, both in business and politics. He will say and do whatever is expedient and benefits him. He says one thing to one group and the opposite to another, depending on what he thinks each group wants to hear. Voting for Romney for President is voting for Anonymous for President.

  • Margret Ollis

    Kathy, Mitt Romney, if elected president, has stated that on day one he will get rid of the affordable health care act. Since when is health care not a prolife issue? Romney is using abortion as a political issue, he is certainly not prolife!

    • http://www.apple.com/iPad/specs.HTML RockyMissouri

      Thank you for an excellent comment….. Romney is most definitely NOT PROLIFE…

      • Kathy Schiffer

        He’s the closest you’ll get to a defender of Life in this election cycle. You have the right, certainly, to vote for another candidate; but either Romney or Obama WILL be president in 2012. Which do you prefer?

    • enness

      Please remember the ACA is ONE approach to health care reform, it is not necessarily the ONLY one, and opposition to this ONE act for certain reasons is not tantamount to killing anyone.

  • http://www.atravelersview.org Kathryn Cunningham

    I am continuously shocked at Catholics who endorse Romney. There is a point about him that no one conveniently mentions. Check your bible and what it says about the people we listen to and who we put in power. Romney believes in a “false God” . The bible strictly warns us about trusting such people.
    2 Peter 2:1 NIV
    But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them– Romney is not Christian and his precepts deny Christ’s divinity. Although he is not preaching this from the podium, how is it possible for any Christian to trust his ability to lead? His religion is based on “imaginary gold tablets” which no one actually saw?????????????????????

    • Kathy Schiffer

      Well, Kathryn, I certainly wouldn’t vote for him for Theologian In Chief. Fortunately, his role as President will be to govern and to lead; and I’m confident in his ability to handle those responsibilities better than can the current president. He’s our only ticket out of chaos.

      • http://www.atravelersview.org Kathryn Cunningham

        In a world where we are also experiencing; The Crash of the European Union, Bankruptcy of Greece, Darfur, Afghanistan, and hurricane Sandy I would hardly describe the current US climate as chaos! It is true that we are not electing a spiritual leader. However if one understands anything about faith we know that it more than colors the way people think and act. Scripture cautions us severely to pay attention to what the leaders do and think. In the way he thinks and acts Romney has shown great unkindness and callousness for people who are not incredibly wealthy. He has demonstrated that he will bend the truth and in his quotes today (11/3) he was telling crowds that Jeep was moving all manufacturing to China. This is untrue and and statement that Jeep asked him to cease and decist. He is clearly a man who looks to self, first. This is not even close to my definition of “leader” of all the people. We can’t forget his foreign policy experience: The Olympics! I guess we disagree!

  • enness

    This piece reminds us, among other things, of Obama’s aggressive defense of Planned Parenthood: http://www.lifenews.com/2012/11/01/obama-presided-over-4-8-million-abortions-during-his-presidency/

    • nnmns

      Planned Parenthood is an excellent provider of services, many necessary services, to women and families. Sure the Bishops have demonized it because it offers people things they need that the Bishops don’t want them to have. And after the Bishops’ support of all those child molesters you’d be advised to stop paying attention to their demands.

  • Uomo Senzanome

    I do not find Romney (or Paul Ryan) principled at all, I think they are playing pro-life voters for suckers, and I don’t believe anything they say. Given that the majority opinion in Employment Division v. Smith, the Supreme Court decision applying lower-than-strict-scrutiny review to a state law which severely burdened a religious practice, was written by Scalia and joined in by mostly Republican-appointed Justices (1kennedy appointee, Byron White, joined them), and that the majority in City of Boerne v. Flores that struck down the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was all Republican-appointed Justicesb(again written by Scalia) I DON’T TRUST REPUBLICANS TO VALUE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. I am tired of people acting like Romney is the only choice for good and faithful Catholics. WRONG.