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Pro-Life Mitt Romney Tells NRLC He Is “Grateful for Their Support and Honored by the Trust They Have Placed in Me”

Jul 27, 2012 | 03-Summer 2012 NRL News

NRL News
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Summer 2012
Volume 39
Issue 3

Pro-Life Mitt Romney Tells NRLC He Is “Grateful for Their Support
and Honored by the Trust They Have Placed in Me”

By Dave Andrusko

When National Right to Life endorsed pro-life Gov. Mitt Romney, NRLC President Carol Tobias’s opening remarks at the National Press Club were an explanation of why the nation’s preeminent pro-life organization was endorsing Mr. Romney for President and a clarion call to action.

“National Right to Life is proud and honored to endorse Governor Mitt Romney for President of the United States,” she said. “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.”

Then in words since echoed by pro-lifers across the country, Mrs. Tobias added, “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.”

Take a moment to go to pages 8 and 9 in this edition of NRL News. You’ll see a comparison of where the two men “Stand on Life” and President Obama’s “Record on Life.” You’ll come away from spending those five to eight minutes reading clearly understanding that Mr. Romney and President do offer a “stark contrast.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America has no doubts. “The National Right to Life Committee, along with anti-choice groups in states like Missouri, Massachusetts, and Ohio have also endorsed Romney because of his extreme views,” said NARAL President Nancy Keenan in April. She added, in the calm rational tones that we’ve come to expect from Keenan, “The zealots have their man—and that man wants to keep waging a War on Women.”

Well, just to be accurate, by that time the political action committees of numerous other NRLC affiliates had also endorsed the former governor of Massachusetts, and many more have followed since. But I guess if you’ve seen one “anti-choice group,” you’ve seen them all. And the only “war on women” was the one NARAL was comfortable averting its eyes from: baby girls who were killed because they were females.

This was a fundraising letter from NARAL, so we would expect that Keenan would write, “In a race this close, the money these anti-choice groups will spend to defeat President Obama could tip the scales in favor of Romney—unless we fight back.” Of course, pro-abortion groups such as NARAL and EMILY’s List and Planned Parenthood’s political arm are awash in money.

In stark contrast pro-life groups rely on volunteers, which makes Keenan’s remark—“show anti-choice groups that their money won’t buy this election”—almost comically inaccurate and misleading even by pro-abortion standards.

Keenan concludes, “Mitt Romney said he was ‘honored’ to be endorsed by these radical anti-woman extremists. That’s because he shares their priorities.” Well, yes!

Here’s what Mr. Romney wrote, upon hearing of NRLC’s endorsement:

“The National Right to Life Committee has been on the front lines of the fight to protect the unborn and uphold the sanctity of life. I appreciate their leadership and the tireless commitment of their nationwide grassroots pro-life effort. I am grateful for their support and honored by the trust they have placed in me. And I look forward to working together to carry out the great responsibility of defending and protecting innocent human life.”