imageIf Mitt Romney’s prolife why did he refuse to sign the SBA List’s anti-abortion pledge?  Politico reports that Mitt Romney has decided not to sign their pledge.

Five Republican presidential candidates have signed a pledge to advance the anti-abortion movement if elected to the White House, but the current front runner for the 2012 GOP nomination — Mitt Romney — isn’t one of them.

Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum each signed the pledge, sponsored by Susan B. Anthony List, vowing to nominate judges and appoint executive branch officials who are opposed to abortion. The pledge also commit signers to push legislation to end all taxpayer funding of abortion and to sign a law to “protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion.”

Mitt Romney, who’s leading in national and early state opinion polls, declined to sign.

The Romney camp is trying to spin that he is in fact prolife, but…

“Governor Romney pledged in the last campaign that he would be a pro-life president and of course he pledges it today,” said spokeswoman Andrea Saul in a statement. “However, this well-intentioned effort has some potentially unforeseen consequences and he does not feel he could in good conscience sign it. Gov. Romney has been a strong supporter of the SBA List in the past and he looks forward to continue working with them to promote a culture of life.”

Bullpucky.  There is nothing extreme in this pledge that a truly prolife Presidential candidate should have problems signing.  But just as in 2008, his prolife bona fides are in question, as they should be.  His commitment to the prolife cause has been weak in terms of record and has been mostly talk.  I guess Romney should feel fortunate this didn’t come out before the New Hampshire debate as former Senator Rick Santorum probably wouldn’t have passed on the opportunity to come after him on this issue.

He didn’t pass on the opportunity this morning in an statement that his campaign emailed out.  Senator Santorum said, "This past Monday night at the Republican Presidential Debate, I was asked about Governor Romney’s pro-life conversion, and I gave him the benefit of the doubt.  I apparently spoke too soon.  It is incredibly disappointing that Governor Romney chose not to defend those who cannot defend themselves.”

For the record New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson did not sign the pledge (no surprise he is pro-abortion), and neither did Herman Cain.  Cain in an interview with me said that he believes life begins at conception and said that he would never sign a pro-abortion bill into law.  He believes that our rights come from God, and would appoint conservatives to the bench.  So why didn’t he sign the pledge?

Update: Herman Cain releases a statement as to why he didn’t sign it.

He said he agrees with the first three parts of the pledge because he “adamantly” supports the appointing pro-life judges and selecting pro-life appointees to his Cabinet and the Executive Branch as well ending taxpayer funding for abortions, but he had a problem with the last part of the pledge.

“The fourth requirement demands that I ‘advance’ the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. As president, I would sign it, but Congress must advance the legislation,” he said.  “I have been a consistent and unwavering champion of pro life issues.  In no way does this singular instance of clarification denote an abandonment of the pro-life movement, but instead, is a testament to my respect for the balance of power and the role of the presidency.”

I can’t say I understand his rationale, he’ll have to advance all types of legislation to be able to accomplish his agenda.  Being a cheerleader and utilizing your bully pulpit doesn’t not usurp the separation of powers.

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  1. I would have wrote this article more focused on Cain than Romney…everyone knows Romney is pro-death…but Cain needs to be held accountable. His campaign is stalling out badly. 

  2. Everyone knows that Romney is pro-Mitt–and that’s it!  😉

    I can’t believe Ron Paul signed the pledge.  That’s to his credit at least.  IIRC Cain endorsed Romney last time around, so his lack of pro-life conviction isn’t a shock.

    With Huckabee out, I wish Pence and/or DeMint would change their minds.  Of those who have declared, the only one who I can even *halfway* support is Bachmann.  But did she ever pay up her $2,250???

  3. Everyone knows that Romney is pro-Mitt–and that’s it!  😉

    I can’t believe Ron Paul signed the pledge.  That’s to his credit at least.  IIRC Cain endorsed Romney last time around, so his lack of pro-life conviction isn’t a shock.

    With Huckabee out, I wish Pence and/or DeMint would change their minds.  Of those who have declared, the only one who I can even *halfway* support is Bachmann.  But did she ever pay up her $2,250???

  4. Looks like Cain gave his reason for not supporting the pledge. Craig R. has it over at TIR…still a weak reason for not signing the pledge. 

    1. Yes, following the Constitution is a “weak” thing for a President to do.  Cain said he would “promote and support” the bill.  As president, he cannot “advance” legislation.  Promote and supporting the bill is what people want, is it not?  That’s what Cain pledged to do.

    2. Yes, following the Constitution is a “weak” thing for a President to do.  Cain said he would “promote and support” the bill.  As president, he cannot “advance” legislation.  Promote and supporting the bill is what people want, is it not?  That’s what Cain pledged to do.

      1. I think both you and Cain are confused on what SBA List and most of us mean by “advance.”  We mean “promote and support.”  I’m confident that Herman Cain has a clear grasp on the English language and understands that “advance” means that as well.  Nobody was talking about violating the separation of powers.  We understand he can’t pass a law.  So I still don’t understand what his hang-up is.

      2. It doesn’t matter what “most of us mean”.  What matters is the legal terminology.  Mr. Cain, as a CEO, has surely signed thousands of contracts.  Words matter, especially on signed written documents.

        Cain clearly supports the pro-life cause and has for a long time.  Take a look at his efforts in 2006, when he raised over $1 million for pro-life causes to fight abortion in the inner city.

        He clearly supports what the organization wants accomplished, and said he “promote and support” the bill.  He asked them to change the wording, and they wouldn’t. 

        Shouldn’t we be glad that one of the candidates actually took the time to READ AND EXAMINE THE PLEDGE, instead of having some staff flunky sign their name to it or just signing their name to it because it said “pro-life”?????

      3. “advance” is not a legal term, it has a variety of definitions. Anyway, I’m not calling him pro-choice, I just think that he misunderstood the intent of the pledge, that’s all.

  5. Have any of you bashing Cain even read one word of the Constitution?  Obviously not, because it’s right there in Article I, Section 1 :  “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States”. 

    ALL LEGISLATIVE POWERS ARE IN CONGRESS.  NOT THE PRESIDENCY.  The president does not have the power to ADVANCE legislation.  Support and promote.  Yes.  Advance.  No.  

    Cain was right not to sign this constitutionally flawed oath.  

    1. Ugh..

      From the dictionary

      “advance”

      –verb (used with object)
      1.to move or bring forward: The general advanced his troops to the new position.
      2.to bring into consideration or notice; suggest; propose: to advance reasons for a tax cut.
      3. to improve; further: to advance one’s interests.
      4. to raise in rank; promote: The board of directors advanced him to president.
      5. to raise in rate or amount; increase: to advance the price.
      6. to bring forward in time; accelerate: to advance growth; to advance clocks one hour.
      7. to supply beforehand; furnish on credit or before goods are delivered or work is done.
      8. to furnish as part of a stock or fund.
      9. to supply or pay in expectation of reimbursement: They advanced her $5000 against future royalties.
      10. to schedule at a later time or date: to advance a meeting from early to late fall.
      11. Informal . to do advance publicity for: to advance a rock singer’s personal appearances; the most heavily advanced sports event in history.
      12. Archaic . to raise, as a banner.

      Check out definition #2, this is what SBA List was talking about, not doing the work of the Legislature.

      1. I have a better idea. Check out Article 1, Section 1 of the Constitution. If the pledge said support and promote, as it should have, Cain would have signed it.

        Your example in definition 2 doesn’t jibe with what the pledge says. “Advance reasons” for a bill is totally different from advancing a bill.

        Again, the SBA pledge is legally and constitutionally flawed.

      2. Fine Mac, whatever…. We’ll have to agree to disagree, like I said I’m not painting him out to be pro-choice, I believe I said in the original post that he needed to explain himself. He did, people will have to decide if they accept it or not.

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