Romney indeed pro-life, says NRLC

Thursday, October 11, 2012
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

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.

O'Steen

"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 him.

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 website.

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