Romney, Cain Refuse Pro Life Pledge

Five other presidential hopefuls sign.

by Nathan A. Cherry, 06/24/2011

SBA List LogoMartinsburg, WV – By now you know that here at the Family policy Council of West Virginia (FPCWV) we are committed to bringing you the relevant news regarding those that plan to run for President in 2012. In particular we want to make sure you know where candidates stand on the issues of life, marriage, and religious freedom. As we advocate for policies that seek to defend the sanctity of life, enrich marriage and safeguard religious freedoms, we want to make sure you know which candidates have views similar to ours.

To that end I want to bring and update on the issue of life as it relates to potential GOP candidates. Last week I reported on some initial comments by the presidential hopefuls from the New Hampshire debate.  While those are strong comments, they are, after all, just words. Some candidates have chosen to put actin behind their words and further strengthen their pro-life position; others, not so much.

It has been reported that the Susan B. Anthony List, one of our nation’s most respected pro-life organizations, has asked each of the 2012 candidates to sign its Pro-Life Leadership Presidential Pledge. Of the seven frontrunners five signed the pledge while two, Mitt Romney and Herman Cain, did not. reports:

“Signers of the pledge include Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum and the pro-life organization is calling on pro-life activists to put pressure on those candidates who have refused to sign, Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, and Gary Johnson. Johnson’s not signing is no surprise given his pro-abortion views but Romney has been campaigning as a pro-life candidate since converting to the pro-life position before the 2008 presidential election. Cain has said he holds pro-life views and has repeatedly excoriated Planned Parenthood for targeting the black community with its abortion facilities.”

I’m no PR expert, but it seems to me that Mitt Romney is making things harder for himself. He’s a candidate from a predominantly liberal part of the country, he only switched his view to pro-life when he decided to run for president in 2008 (this after years of being pro-abortion), he is constantly labeled a RINO, progressive, or moderate; and now he misses a golden opportunity to silence many critics and let the nation know how firmly pro-life he really is.

I would label this the face-palm moment of the day.

No one seems to be making much of a fuss about Herman Cain not signing the pro-life pledge. Perhaps it is due to his very outside chances of even being the GOP presidential campaign for 2012. This might be a sign that no one is taking him very seriously and by declining to sign the pledge he has given conservatives another reason not to back him.

For those that did sign the pledge, here is what they vowed to uphold:

* Only nominate to the U.S. Supreme Court and federal bench judges who are committed to restraint and applying the original meaning of the Constitution, not legislating from the bench;

* Select pro-life appointees for relevant Cabinet and Executive Branch positions, in particular the head of National Institutes of Health, the Department of Health & Human Services, and the Department of Justice;

* 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; and

* Advance and sign into law a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion.

Those sure seem to be values the American people desperately want at this time. After a couple of years of watching our president skirt the law, oppose the law, abandon the law, it would be refreshing for a president that would vow to uphold the existing laws and further strengthen the life laws of our country.

Romney is taking fire for refusing to sign the pro-life pledge. But he’s also firing back, assuring the American people that he is indeed pro-life.

This is a critical issue that we need to pay attention to, and know for certain where the candidates stand. We will continue to bring you updates in our effort to make sure you are well informed.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

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