Right to Life of Michigan PAC Endorses Mitt Romney for President
The Right to Life of Michigan Political Action Committee (RLM-PAC) has joined the National Right to Life Political Action Committee in endorsing Mitt Romney for President of the United States. Right to Life of Michigan is Michigan’s largest prolife organization.
RLM-PAC Chairman Paul Miller said, “While the primary season can often be divisive, it is time for prolife people to come together and unite behind Mitt Romney to ensure President Barack Obama doesn’t spend another four years in the White House. We need a prolife president who is willing to respect and defend the sanctity of human life.”
Mitt Romney has pledged to support the Hyde Amendment, which prevents certain federal funds from going to pay for abortions, supports the reversal of Roe v. Wade, favors efforts to prohibit abortion providers like Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funding and has promised to appoint judges who follow the Constitution.
Since being elected, President Obama has implemented a series of pro-abortion provisions. He rescinded the Mexico City policy, which bars funding to organizations which provide and promote abortion overseas, strongly opposed efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and pushed a health care plan without rules to prevent the subsidization of abortions.
Miller said, “Words can hardly describe how important this election is for unborn children and other human beings whose lives aren’t deemed valuable by some in our society. Electing a prolife president is priority #1 for the RLM-PAC in 2012.”
Mitt Romney has taken a strong prolife position and is committed to implementing policies to protect the unborn.
Mitt Romney’s Prolife Stand
On Taxpayer funding for abortion:
“I support the Hyde Amendment, which broadly bars the use of federal funds for abortions.” – June 18, 2011
On Roe v. Wade:
“I support the reversal of Roe v. Wade, because it is bad law and bad medicine. Roe was a misguided ruling that was a result of a small group of activist federal judges legislating from the bench.” – June 18, 2011
On Funding for Abortion Providers:
“I will support efforts to prohibit federal funding for any organization like Planned Parenthood, which primarily performs abortions or offers abortion-related services.” – June 18, 2011
“Obamacare will violate that crucial first principle of medicine: ‘do no harm.’” (Statement on Mitt Romney’s website)
Mitt Romney believes that ObamaCare must be repealed (Statement on Mitt Romney’s website)
On Rights of Conscience:
“. . . on day one I will eliminate the Obama Administration rule that compels religious institutions to violate the tenets of their own faith. Such rules don’t belong in the America that I believe in.” – February 3, 2012
Romney to National Right to Life Convention:
“I will be a prolife president”
In a video address to the 42nd Annual National Right to Life Convention, then-presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney committed to enacting prolife policies if elected and told right-to-life activists, “I’ll never be…cavalier about life. I will be a prolife president.”
“Right-to-lifers across the country must do everything they can to defeat Barack Obama and elect Mitt Romney,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “The Supreme Court decision on ObamaCare has made the choice in November crystal clear. We need a president and Congress dedicated to respecting life and repealing ObamaCare.”
The video address was shown in a general session and political rally featuring Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Rep. Trent Franks (R-Az.). The three-day convention, which brought together right-to-life activists from across the country and around the world, concluded with a keynote address by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.
The video address by Mitt Romney may be viewed here: http://nrlc.co/KR40gV
A full transcript of the Governor’s remarks appears below.
Good Morning! I appreciate the invitation to speak with you today. I’m sorry I am not able to join you in person. I’d like to begin by thanking Carol Tobias and Darla St. Martin for their important work. Carol and Darla are two of a long line of leaders who have helped this organization grow from a small committee to a large community that has a welcome presence in all 50 states. I’m honored and grateful to have the endorsement of National Right to Life. If you ever question whether your advocacy changes hearts and minds, let me assure you that it does.
I’m just one of many Americans from every walk of life who found themselves asking an important question and after thoughtful deliberation and came to a heartfelt conclusion: Innocent life must be respected and protected from its beginning to its natural end. When I first ran for office, I said that I would retain the laws relating to abortion that were already in place despite my personal belief that abortion is wrong. But after being elected Governor of Massachusetts, I was confronted with legislation that called on me to expand the legal taking of unborn life, treating human embryos as mere research material to be experimented upon and then destroyed. I could not support that. Government sanction of abortion devalues human life.
As a governor then, whenever the question of life came before me, I answered that we must protect it. I fought to ban human cloning. I fought to ban embryo farming. I fought to define life as beginning at conception. I fought for abstinence education in our schools. And I vetoed a bill that would have given young girls abortion-inducing pills without prescription or parental consent. I fought those fights because in the quiet of conscience I knew it was the right thing to do. And I will always be grateful for advocates like you who stand to protect human life.
Today I’m running for a different and higher office. It comes with an even greater set of responsibilities and even tougher challenges than I faced as governor. More than 23 million Americans are unemployed, underemployed or have left the workforce altogether. New business startups are at a thirty year low. Our nation is running trillion dollar deficits every year. Food and energy costs have soared while home values and incomes have plummeted. President Obama’s economic policies have failed. He’s had his chance. Now it’s time for a change in leadership.
If I’m fortunate enough to be elected this November, putting America back on the right track and getting Americans back to work will be my priority from day one. But I will not forget that a strong country needs more than a strong economy. It needs strong families and strong values as well. President Obama once said that decisions about abortion are “above his pay grade.” I’ll never be so cavalier about life. I will be a pro-life president.
I’ll reinstate the Mexico City Policy. I’ll cut off funding for the United Nations Population Fund, which supports China’s abhorrent One Child Policy. I’ll ensure that abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood get no taxpayer dollars. And I’ll reverse Obama regulations that attack our religious freedom and threaten innocent life. I’ll nominate judges who respect the Constitution, are proponents of judicial restraint and know the difference between personal opinion and the law.
If elected President I will work with you to foster respect for innocent human life with an understanding that a culture that fails to do so ultimately becomes a culture in which respect for all fellow human beings is diminished. I’m heartened by the advances made by the prolife movement over the last several years. The ranks of our prolife partners are growing every day. That progress would not be possible without your passion and your dedication. God bless you for it and God bless the United States of America. Thank you so much.