Mitt Romney, Herman Cain and Gary Johnson have refused to sign The Susan B. Anthony List Pro-Life Pledge. No one seems to care that Johnson hasn’t signed. There is some talk about Cain, but Romney’s balk is all over the news today.
I PLEDGE that I will only support candidates for President who are committed to protecting Life. I demand that any candidate I support commit to these positions:
FIRST, to nominate to the U.S. federal bench judges who are committed to restraint and applying the original meaning of the Constitution, not legislating from the bench;
SECOND, to select only pro-life appointees for relevant Cabinet and Executive Branch positions, in particular the head of National Institutes of Health, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Health & Human Services;
THIRD, to advance pro-life legislation to permanently end all taxpayer funding of abortion in all domestic and international spending programs, and defund Planned Parenthood and all other contractors and recipients of federal funds with affiliates that perform or fund abortions;
FOURTH, advance and sign into law a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion.
Romney and Cain both say they are Pro-Life. Cain said his problem with the Pledge is with No. 4, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” Cain says as president he cannot “advance” legislation,” only Congress can do that. He said if the legislation is passed, he will sign it, and said he has been pro-life consistently.
Does Cain not have a clear vision for his presidency? Are we so numb from a lack of leadership that we will overlook this inane reasoning? Cain has begun a history of demuring to opine on important issues: he wouldn’t speak to Afghanistan because he lacked information, he couldn’t speak to Israel and Palestine and the Right of Return, his debt ceiling plan doesn’t exist.
I like Herman Cain, but am increasingly startled by his lack of preparation for a presidential run. A president CAN advance legislation. By the time Congress is finished with, it might not be the legislation he wanted, but he can and should try to advance his own policy. Not to do so is unacceptable. I hope he can turn this around, and would like to see him move forward as a strong candidate.
According to this article, a Romney spokeswoman said he had several objections to the pledge, but emphasizes that Romney is pro-life.
1) He believes if federal funding (taxpayer funding) is cut off from Planned Parenthood and other organizations like them, it will also cut-off funding for “thousands of hospitals,” and health care facilities, including VA hospitals.
Are our VA hospitals performing abortions? Are private hospitals providing abortions with federal funding? The questions about what We The People are paying for just keep piling up.
If Romney gets elected and the GOP takes back the Senate, does anyone seriously think the SBA List will expect them to defund veterans hospitals in the name of punishing abortion providers/affiliates? In fact, the Hyde Amendment already forbids taxpayer money for abortion procedures and the latest Defense appropriations bill specifically bans abortions in military base hospitals.
2) As president, Romney believes the pledge would “unduly burden” his ability to appoint the most qualified individuals to his cabinet and the Supreme Court.
A Fox News report says the Romney campaign points to a list of former Republican cabinet members that could be disqualified by the pledge. Isn’t that the point? Republicans in high places have been jello for sometime now (think Colin Powell). His Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Attorney General heading the Department of Justice, and the head of the National Institutes of Health, along with others, might be pulled from “qualified” pro-choicers. How is health and justice served by abortion when not medically necessary?
Read between the lines and Romney, who was pro-choice before he was pro-life, wants the option the to choose a pro-choice Supreme Court Justice. While we say there should not be a litmus test for Justices, we know Democrats will NEVER appoint without assurance of a pro-choice stance.
The Romney spokeswoman says he has been a strong supporter of the Susan B. Anthony list in the past, but will not sign this one. His team insists he will be a pro-life president.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN), former Georgia Speaker Newt Gingrich, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and former Pennsylvania Senator, Rick Santorum, have signed the Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life Pledge.