By Dave Andrusko
Appearing over the weekend at the Values Voter Summit, pro-life presidential candidate Mitt Romney echoed the sentiments of his pro-life running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, pledging to “uphold the sanctity of life, not abandon it, or ignore it.”
In his remarks Mr. Romney also alluded to the infamous Obama mandate that requires employers and individual to pay for health insurance plans that cover medical procedures and drugs contrary to their religious beliefs or conscience. Critics see the mandate (which comes from Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services) as a flagrant attack on religious liberties. Romney agrees.
“As President, I’ll support the expression of religious faith in the public square,” he told participants at the summit. “Our government should respect our values, not seek to silence them.”
Mr. Romney has often spoken of his belief that Roe v. Wade ought to be reversed and his explanation why cuts to the heart of the reason Roe must go. Romney said he supports reversal “because [Roe] is bad law and bad medicine. Roe was a misguided ruling that was the result of a small group of activist federal judges legislating from the bench.”
So, too, does Rep. Ryan. Among many other important points in his speech, Ryan told the audience
“When you get past all of the President’s straw men, what we believe is plain to state: These vital questions should be decided, not by the caprice of unelected judges, but by the conscience of the people and their elected representatives. And in this good-hearted country, we believe in showing compassion for mother and child alike.”
Ryan also made clear just how far Democrats are now willing to go. He said,
“Giving up any further pretense of moderation on this issue, and in complete disregard of millions of pro-life Democrats, President Obama has chosen to pander to the most extreme elements of his party.
“In the Clinton years, the stated goal was to make abortion ‘safe, legal and rare.’ But that was a different time, and a different president. Now, apparently, the Obama-Biden ticket stands for an absolute, unqualified right to abortion – at any time, under any circumstances, and even at taxpayer expense.”
Perhaps Mr. Ryan’s most touching remark was
“We don’t write anyone off in America, especially those without a voice. Every child has a place and purpose in this world. Everyone counts, and in a just society the law should stand on the side of life.”
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