Skip to comments.Mitt Romney made desperate push to save an unborn baby as a Mormon bishop
Posted on 10/25/2012 8:02:57 PM PDT by redtetrahedron
BOSTON, October 24, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) As a young Mormon bishop, Mitt Romney made a passionate attempt to stop a woman from aborting her child.
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I feel very good about Romney right now.
I’m not at all surprised...
An Open Letter Regarding Governor Mitt Romney
January 11, 2007
Dear conservative friends:
We hail from a broad spectrum of organizations dedicated to fighting for the pro-family agenda in Massachusetts. As you know, Mitt Romney became the governor of our state in 2003. Since that time, we have worked closely with him and his excellent staff on that agenda.
Some press accounts and bloggers have described Governor Romney in terms we neither have observed nor can we accept. To the contrary, we, who have been fighting here for the values you also hold, are indebted to him and his responsive staff in demonstrating solid social conservative credentials by undertaking the following actions here in Massachusetts:
Staunchly defended traditional marriage. Governor Romney immediately and strongly condemned the 2003 court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in our state. More importantly, he followed up on that denunciation with action action that saved our nation from a constitutional crisis over the definition of marriage. He and his staff identified and enforced a little-known 1913 law that allowed them to order local clerks not to issue marriage licenses to out-of-state couples. Absent this action, homosexual couples would surely have flooded into Massachusetts from other states to get married and then demanded that their home states recognize the marriages, putting the nation only one court decision away from nationalizing same-sex marriage.
Worked hard to overturn same-sex marriage in the Commonwealth with considerable progress to date. In 2004 he lobbied hard, before a very hostile legislature, for a constitutional amendment protecting marriage an amendment later changed by the legislature to include civil unions, which the Governor and many marriage amendment supporters opposed. Working with the Governor, we were successful in defeating this amendment.
Provided active support for a successful citizen petition drive in 2005 to advance a clean constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Rallied thousands of citizens to focus public and media attention on the failure of legislators, through repeated delays, to perform their constitutional obligation and vote on the marriage amendment.
Filed suit before the Supreme Judicial Court. The Governors suit asked the court to clarify the legislators duty to vote and failing that, to place the amendment on the 2008 ballot. That lawsuit, perhaps more than any other single action, was by all accounts instrumental in bringing pressure on the legislators to vote. The vote ultimately was taken on January 2, 2007 and won legislative support clearing a major hurdle in the three year effort to restore traditional marriage in the Commonwealth.
Fought for abstinence education. In 2006, under Governor Romneys leadership, Massachusetts public schools began to offer a classroom program on abstinence from the faith-based Boston group Healthy Futures to middle school students. Promoting the program, Governor Romney stated, Ive never had anyone complain to me that their kids are not learning enough about sex in school. However, a number of people have asked me why it is that we do not speak more about abstinence as a safe and preventative health practice.
Affirmed the culture of life. Governor Romney has vetoed bills to provide access to the so-called morning-after pill, which is an abortifacient, as well as a bill providing for expansive, embryo-destroying stem cell research. He vetoed the latter bill in 2005 because the could not in good conscience allow this bill to become law.
Stood for religious freedom. Last year, Governor Romney was stalwart in defense of the right of Catholic Charities of Boston to refuse to allow homosexual couples to adopt children in its care. Catholic Charities was loudly accused of discrimination, but Governor Romney correctly pointed out that it is unjust to force a religious agency to violate the tenets of its faith in order to placate a special-interest group.
Filed An Act Protecting Religious Freedom in the Massachusetts legislature to save Catholic Charities of Boston and other religious groups from being forced to violate their moral principles or stop doing important charitable work.
All of this may explain why John J. Miller, the national political reporter of National Review, has written that a good case can be made that Romney has fought harder for social conservatives than any other governor in America, and it is difficult to imagine his doing so in a more daunting political environment.
We are aware of the 1994 comments of Senate candidate Romney, which have been the subject of much recent discussion. While they are, taken by themselves, obviously worrisome to social conservatives including ourselves, they do not dovetail with the actions of Governor Romney from 2003 until now and those actions have positively and demonstrably impacted the social climate of Massachusetts.
Since well before 2003, we have been laboring in the trenches of Massachusetts, fighting for the family values you and we share. It is difficult work indeed not for the faint of heart. In this challenging environment, Governor Romney has proven that he shares our values, as well as our determination to protect them.
For four years, Governor Romney has been right there beside us, providing leadership on key issues whether it was politically expedient to do so or not. He has stood on principle, and we have benefited greatly from having him with us.
It is clear that Governor Romney has learned much since 1994 to the benefit of our movement and our Commonwealth. In fact, the entire nation has benefited from his socially conservative, pro-family actions in office. As we explained earlier, his leadership on the marriage issue helped prevent our nation from being plunged into even worse legal turmoil following the court decision that forced gay marriage upon our Commonwealth.
For that our country ought to be thankful. We certainly are.
President, Morality in Media Massachusetts
Immediate Past State Deputy, Massachusetts State Council, Knights of Columbus
Mary Ann Glendon
Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
President, Massachusetts Family Institute
Dr. Roberto Miranda
President, COPAHNI Fellowship of Hispanic Pastors of New England
President, Institute for Family Development
President, Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Thomas A. Shields
Chairman, Coalition for Family and Marriage
Note: The signatories are all acting as individual citizens, and not as representatives of their respective organizations. Organizational affiliations and titles appear for identification purposes only.
Yeah, and 11 years later, he and his wife attended a fundraiser for Murder Inc. (Planned Parenthood).
Well, didn’t he recently promise to defund Planned Parenthood?
Which Romney will emerge?
At any rate, Romney is more conducive to being influenced by conservatives than Obama, who won’t even save a baby born alive from a botched abortion. Obama is a total lost cause. I believe Romney is not.
Mitt has been pro-abortion his entire life, but no one has ever said that he was pro-abortion for Mormons.
“I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country; I have since the time that my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a U.S. Senate candidate,” Romney said
Anyone know if his mother ever changed her position? Wonder if Willard ever considered the consequences had she exercised her rights to reproductive freedom while pregnant with him?
I also believe people like you are extremely controlling of other people. You did not get your way in the primary (neither did I) and now you are of the ilk that will take your ball and go home. The way you treat this issue is how you treat other people, too. If they (spouse, children, other family, etc) don't do what you them to do, you will manipulate them until they do or make their life miserable. I have seen people like you act this way and it is very ugly.
A robot would be the guy reading post 6 who’s only response is to post 2 paragraphs of a meaningless, rambling, personal attack.
And then he went and supported Abortion whole-heartedly, as Governor of Massachusetts,
And even now, he supports abortion for incest, rape, life, AND the HEALTH of the mother.
I am pretty confident that no instances will emerge of Obama ever trying to prevent an abortion...
If Obama had been born after Roe v Wade, he wouldn't have been born at all.
I think he has been pro-life for a long time. The Keep-Obama-In-Office faction here keeps regurgitating spliced and diced quotes from decades ago. Romney was presented with legislation concerning life issues on several occasions from the 85% majority Democrat Legislature in Massachusetts. In every instance he took the pro-life position by vetoing bills or lobbying for the pro-life approach, including the following actions:
He vetoed the bill providing state funding for human embryonic stem cell research
(Theo Emery, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney Vetoes Stem Cell Bill, The Associated Press, 5/27/2005)
He vetoed a bill that provided for the morning after pill without a prescription because it is an abortifacient and would have been available to minors without parental notification and consent
(Governor Mitt Romney, Op-Ed, Why I Vetoed Contraception Bill, The Boston Globe, 7/26/2005)
He pledged to veto any bill that would expand access to RU-486, the abortion pill
(Hugh Hewitt, Interview with Governor Romney, The Hugh Hewitt Show, 7/27/2005)
He vetoed legislation which would have redefined Massachusetts longstanding definition of the beginning of human life from fertilization to implantation
(Governor Mitt Romney, Letter To The Massachusetts State Senate And House Of Representatives, 5/12/2005)
He supported parental notification laws and opposed efforts to weaken parental involvement
(John McElhenny, OBrien And Romney Spar In Last Debate Before Election, The Associated Press, 10/29/2002)
He fought to promote abstinence education in public school classrooms with a program offered by faith-based Boston group Healthy Futures to middle school students. Gov. Romneys administration was the first in Massachusetts to use federal abstinence education funds for classroom programs.
(Office of Gov. Mitt Romney, Romney Announces Award of Abstinence Education Contract, Press Release, 4/20/2006)
Governor Romney: Times of decision are moments of great clarity. Before I was Governor, the life issue was just that, an issue. But when responsibility for life or ending life was placed in my hands, I made the right decision. I chose life.
(Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The National Right To Life Convention Forum, Kansas City, MO, 6/15/2007)
Well...there goes your 'every instance' nonsense you cited!!!
As governor, Romney could exercise veto power to portions of Commonwealth Care. Did Romney exercise this power? (Yes, he vetoed Sections 5, 27, 29, 47, 112, 113, 134 & 137). What prominent section dealing with Planned Parenthood as part of the "payment policy advisory board" did Romney choose NOT to veto? (Section 3) That section mandates that one member of MassHealth Payment Policy Board must be appointed by Planned Parenthood League of MA. (See chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006, section 3 for details).
Even worse, RomneyCare opened the door for $50 abortions...some of which taxpayers now TOTALLY cover...For details, see: RomneyCare Now Funding FREE Abortions: A Disqualifier for Mitt Romneys Candidacy [Enabler Mitt]
Click on the above link...and you'll also see how Romney contradicted his own July 2005 veto so proudly cited by Tamzee...Romney contradicted it a mere 3 months later (October, 2005)...
Tamzee has just totally lost his/her credibility on this subject.
Make your words as BIG and SCREECHING as you want, it doesn’t make your smears true. Again, the healthcare bill Romney signed never mentioned the word abortion.
The MassHealth Payment Advisory Board that Planned Parenthood got a spot on has nothing to do with making policy or determining covered procedures. Zero. The only thing it does is review payment rates and make recommendations. It doesnt even have any authority over rates. Zip authority over anything.
You are a democrat and a troll. You are voting for Obama. You have never denied that you are a supporter of Obama and will be voting for him.
False accusation? Like the bizarre, childish, ridiculous, troll like ones you make against me?
What do you think Mitt Romney is trying to say here?
I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country; I have since the time that my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a U.S. Senate candidate,
Colofornian read post 8 and the post Dave W just sent you, he is clearly having problems in his family, and weirdly incorporating them into his internet postings to strangers.
You just don’t seem to post anything related to real life and political topics or even reality, do you?
(Suggestion: Don’t take up crystal ball gazing as an occupation; it won’t yield either $ or accurate gazes)
(Voting for Virgil Goode)...
(So that makes you 0-for-WHAT on this thread???)
I think the "W" in your name must stand for "Wonder"...as in Hitless Wonder...
“I am pretty confident that no instances will emerge of Obama ever trying to prevent an abortion...”
As a matter of fact, Obama wants them left to die if they survive the abortion. The Kenyan disgusts me.
Certainly, the Democrat-controlled legislature was counting on a Democrat governor to succeed Romney to put the real regulatory thumb screws in place. Romney was certainly aware that the next Republican Governor candidate would be very unlikely to win, since one reason he chose not to seek re-election was his own weak standing in the polls. (In any case, his hand-picked Lt. Governor and 2006 Republican Governor candidate, Kerry Healey, was proudly pro-abortion. She would have had no problem with this evolution of RomneyCare
From MassResistance: To our knowledge, the Romney administration made no effort at all to exclude abortion from the benefits. Gov. Romney's universal health care program for Massachusetts includes taxpayer-funded abortions
If YOU knew abortion was coming down the pike via the portal of legislation YOU put in, what part of "NO EFFORT" don't you understand???
Since when is "no effort" vs. the threats upon the pre-born now considered "pro-life" activity???
Oh, ya mean vs. MA Law (chapter 112, section 12p) -- Abortion performed pursuant to Sec. 12M; preservation of life and health of child Section 12P reads:
If an abortion is performed pursuant to section twelve M, the physician performing the abortion shall take all reasonable steps, both during and subsequent to the abortion, in keeping with good medical practice, consistent with the procedure being used, to preserve the life and health of the aborted child. Such steps shall include the presence of life-supporting equipment, as defined by the department of public health, in the room where the abortion is to be performed.
IoW, in case the "death team" failed in its mission to kill the pre-born child; the "life time" needs to rush in for a rescue...
My, how "pro-life" of Massachusetts ...
So, which is worse...an out-and-out baby murderer, or a schizophrenic baby murderer who occasionally changes his mind & opts to rescue a dying victim???
(And Ann Romney followed up with a donation to Planned Parenthood)...
While Mitt followed up by being on the board for Marriott for a good chunk of the 90s and 2000s...with Marriott eventually also giving $ to Planned Parenthood, making Life Decisions International's boycott list.
Y'all doin' OK??
Buck up. Ya think it's bad now, wait till Mitt is elected and ya won't be able t' get yer drivers license renewed without wearin' yer magic underwear....
>he supports abortion for incest, rape, life, AND the HEALTH of the mother
As would anyone who has any chance of being elected to a high office.
Bullseye, P-M. A white, teenage, urban, middle class daughter of liberals is unexpectedly prego with the child of a foreigner black man.
What will the decision be?
The only question is: saline, evacuation, or dismemberment
As soon as I saw the headline... I was absolutely certain the people here doing their very best to keep Obama in office would hyjack this thread as usual. It is very sad...
The ABR’s can all bite me and F off.
These Freepers call themselves "moral absolutists" and have their own pinglist as you probably know.
They call the rest of FR "baby killers" and for a while that was hurtful to me but now that I consider the source, I don't get worked up about it any more.
Of course, the 99.999% of babies who are killed every year while waiting for the perfect pro-life candidate are an issue, but I guess the boost to the self-image of the "moral absolutists" outweighs that, big time.
I can’t verbalize how pathetic the Democrats are for trying to make this out to be a Romney ‘character flaw’..
I don't know about anyone else, but I'm trying to not pay attention to the polls that say this election is close. Instead, I've been thinking about the recent articles about how desperate obama and the Rats are evidenced by their emphasis on abortion and pretending to have an agenda. I think people are seeing the real obama and it may end up a big win for Romney.
Hope like it’s a done deal; work like it’s dead even.
THANK YOU. I’ve only been thinking exactly that for the entire election cycle.
The problem is that politics is a game of results, not intentions. We must fix our eyes on the option that will result in the fewest unborn being slaughtered, even if it means voting for an imperfect candidate. To do nothing out of ‘moral principle’ and allow this slaughter to happen is nothing more than to kill innocents while claiming to be doing so in God’s name.
Certain Freepers may counter that voting for Romney does nothing more than advance the pro-abortion agenda, but seriously? Letting Obama in to fund and kill any more DOESN’T? As if political candidates were the only deciders on abortion?
I could go on about this, but I need to think of my blood pressure...
I think you must not understand the difference between Life of the mother and the mile-wide loophole of “Health”.
Funny; that’s just what the institutional GOP says about conservatives — after reading posts like yours.
I hope the white liberal wins -- but let's not kid ourselves, OK?
I understand that if Republicans had 50% of the women vote we would not be on a sinking ship full of rats.
It will become impossible to regain control when the infestation of democrat vote goes critical.
Obama is the most important threat to be removed from office in november, nothing else.
If you are ABR even now - than you are for obama and 4 more years of this bs.
I live in Louisiana which is solid red territory. I’ll be voting for the Constitution Party, because I am sick of this BS from both major parties.
Conservatives in solid blue states should do just the same.
Those in swing states will have to take one for the team, voting for the white liberal because he’s marginally less appalling. That’s about the best that can be said for him.
Perhaps longer than I. There are a great many who came to this position later in life. If we eliminate all who were not always pro-life, I think we'd have a short list.
Until the election, I think my policy on these kinds of threads is gonna be:
Whatever - the bigger the popular vote % for mittens the worse it is for obama and the left, which is my goal.
Abortion IS murdering babies.
The choice of Romney or Obama is like voting between the anti-christ and the false prophet.
Neither one is acceptable.
Some of us realize that we answer to higher powers than disgruntled FReepers.