By Carol Tobias, National Right to Life President
Editor’s note. The following is the opening statement from National Right to Life’s press conference this morning at which NRLC endorsed Mitt Romney for President.
On pro-life issues, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama provide a stark contrast. As the country’s most pro-abortion president, Barack Obama has pursued a radical pro-abortion agenda. It is now time for pro-life Americans to unite behind Mitt Romney. For the sake of unborn children, the disabled, and the elderly, we must win.
Let’s review President Obama’s abysmal record on life.
On his second day in office, January 22, 2009, President Obama issued a statement reaffirming his commitment to defend the Roe v Wade ruling, which gave us abortion on demand. On his third day in office, he overturned the “Mexico City Policy” so that hundreds of millions of our tax dollars would be given to organizations that perform and promote abortion overseas. Our tax dollars are given to organizations that go into heavily pro-life countries in Central and South America, and Africa, and are used to lobby against the current pro-life laws in those countries.
Another of his early acts was to release $50 million to the United Nations Population Fund – an agency that had received no U.S. funds under the Bush Administration because of its involvement in China’s one-child population-control program, which relies heavily upon forced abortion as part of their population control policy. Forced abortions among women who violate the one-child policy in China are commonplace and sometimes carried out up to nine months of pregnancy. They can be so violent that the women die along with their full term babies.
President Obama authorized taxpayer funding of research that requires killing human embryos.
Last spring, the United States House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” a bill to permanently prohibit any federal program from funding elective abortion. Prior to the vote, the Obama administration attacked the bill and threatened to veto it if passed. He wants our hard-earned tax dollars to pay for the killing of unborn children.
President Obama indicated he would veto the entire federal spending bill — forcing a government shutdown — rather than accept a provision cutting funding to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.
In February 2011, the Obama Administration rescinded a regulation that had been issued by the Bush Administration, which would have protected health-care providers from being penalized for refusing to participate in providing abortions
But even more far-reaching than all of this, is how the president is impacting our health care system. In 2010, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. Today, every fifth child dies from abortion; that number will go even higher because of ObamaCare. This program will enshrine abortion and rationing of health care in our society for generations to come if it isn’t stopped.
While some would like to call into question Mitt Romney’s pro-life position, let me state clearly and emphatically, “Mitt Romney IS pro-life.”
Roe v. Wade is the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion on demand in all 50 states. Mitt Romney believes Roe v. Wade should be overturned.
The Hyde Amendment prevents the use of federal dollars from being used to pay for abortions through Medicaid programs. Mitt Romney supports the Hyde Amendment and opposes using our tax dollars to subsidize abortion in any way.
Governor Romney believes the Obama health care law, which would open the door to federal subsidies for abortion coverage and rationing of lifesaving medical care, should be repealed. He has also stated that, if elected, he would reinstate the Reagan-era Mexico City Policy which prevents federal dollars from going to organizations that perform or promote abortion overseas.
We are extremely gratified that every candidate who has run for the Republican nomination for president took a pro-life position and kept the life issues at the forefront of the race. We look forward to Mitt Romney’s election as our next pro-life president on November 6th.