Irrespective of a published interview with an Iowa newspaper,
Mitt Romney is still pro-life. That's according to the National
Right to Life Committee.
The article in The Des Moines Register
suggested that Romney would not pursue abortion-related legislation
if elected president. That's not true, according to the head of the
National Right to Life
Committee. David O'Steen doesn't see "there's any news there at
all" in the report. He points out that Romney has vowed to
reinstate the Mexico City Policy, which would forbid use of federal
tax dollars for abortion overseas, and to repeal ObamaCare.
"While ObamaCare is not abortion legislation per se -- and
that's what the question he was asked about -- it contains many
elements that will promote abortion," the NRLC spokesman tells
OneNewsNow. "It subsidizes insurance plans that pay for abortion,
and we've seen an element of it already used to try to force
religious employers to pay for things that are contrary to their
religious and moral convictions."
And besides the abortion component within the Patient Protection
and Affordable Care Act (aka "ObamaCare"), "within its 2,000 plus
pages it contains many things that will lead to the rationing of
healthcare -- and yet that would not have fit this reporter's
question," states O'Steen. "And those are the two things that he's
indicated he would work for early and that we support."
Romney has indicated in the past his opposition to
taxpayer-funded abortion and his support for the Pain Capable
Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortion when a baby
reaches the point of feeling pain.
O'Steen concludes that Romney remains pro-life and reaffirms
that their political action committee stands by its endorsement of
A few hours after publishing its original article, the
Register posted a follow-up article which carried reactions from
both the Obama campaign and the Romney campaign. That article
confirms that Governor Romney's comments are in sync with pro-life
statements found in the "Values" section of the campaign's