Washington D.C. -In what some consider to be a direct affront to Personhood legislation, Presidential candidate Mitt Romney told the Des Moines Register’s Editorial Board that “There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda,” according to Reuters.
Personhood USA is working to abolish abortion in all 50 states, and is the leading organization introducing prolife legislation and ballot initiatives in the U.S. Governor Romney’s statement, if not directed at Personhood legislation, certainly includes it.
With an historic personhood case pending before the United States Supreme Court, Romney’s pointed remarks have raised red flags about his ability to represent conservatives nationwide.
“The U.S. has among the world’s most liberal abortion laws, and Romney seems unwilling to do anything to change that,” stated Jennifer Mason, spokesperson for Personhood USA. “Governor Romney is insisting on maintaining the status quo of abortion on demand with no exceptions, through all nine months of pregnancy. This latest statement certainly indicates that he is out of touch with the conservative base and is turning his back on America’s women and children.”
For at least the second time on the campaign trail, Governor Romney’s statement is in direct opposition to the Republican Party Platform, which states that the “unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life that cannot be infringed.”
In January, Romney refused to sign the Personhood pledge to uphold the Republican Party platform, and last year refused to sign the Susan B. Anthony prolife pledge.
In August, Governor Romney also determined to uphold the status quo on the death penalty for innocent babies conceived in rape.
“A recent Gallup poll found that 21% of prolife voters will not vote for a candidate who doesn’t share their views,” continued Mason. “If Romney continues to turn his back on innocent babies, he can’t expect that 21% – which translates to 9% of registered voters – to vote for him. Governor Romney needs to be a 100% prolife candidate in order to win the prolife voters. Unfortunately, his candidacy is a dramatic departure from both the values of conservative voters and the Republican party platform.”