Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, drew a sharp distinction from the Republican Party platform when he said he is not aware of any abortion legislation he intends to make part of his agenda if elected president.
The Des Moines Register’s Editorial Board reported that when asked about the abortion issue, Romney told them, “There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.”
The statement essentially means that Romney is repudiating his own party’s platform position which calls for a human life amendment to the Constitution that would grant the unborn protection under the 14th Amendment.
As the Republican nominee it is difficult to believe he is not aware of his own party’s position on the issue. Additionally, Personhood USA is actively involved in attempts to abolish abortion in all 50 states. The organization is currently the leading organization regarding pro-life legislation and ballot initiatives across the country.
Personhood is currently before the Supreme Court where it filed an appeal seeking a hearing regarding the Oklahoma Supreme Court prohibiting a Personhood measure from even being voted on.
“The U.S. has among the world’s most liberal abortion laws, and Romney seems unwilling to do anything to change that,” stated Jennifer Mason, spokesperson for Personhood USA. “Governor Romney is insisting on maintaining the status quo of abortion on demand with no exceptions, through all nine months of pregnancy. This latest statement certainly indicates that he is out of touch with the conservative base and is turning his back on America’s women and children.”
During the Republican primary season, Romney was the only candidate who refused to sign Personhood’s pro-life pledge. He also refused to sign the Susan B. Anthony List pro-life pledge last year. Former Colorado 4th Congressional District Marilyn Musgrave is the current Vice President of Government Affairs for the Susan B. Anthony List.
During the vice-presidential debate, Paul Ryan affirmed the Romney campaign would oppose abortion “with exceptions.”