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Romney Affirms Pro-Life Convictions in Appearances in South Carolina

by | Jan 13, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Mitt Romney affirms his pro-life convictions

Following up on his victories in Iowa and New Hampshire, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney highlighted his pro-life convictions in a speech in Raleigh, South Carolina and in responses to reporters. The “First in the South” primary is January 21.

“People in New Hampshire know extraordinarily well that I stood for life. It was very highly publicized in New England and particularly in the Boston papers and the Boston stations that I became pro-life, described why I became pro-life. I am proud of that fact and continue to make that message,” Romney said today in response to reporters’ questions at a campaign rally in Greer,  South Carolina.

Last night, in a speech in Columbia, S.C., Romney said, “I’m convinced that the principles of opportunity and freedom and the protection of life were not temporary but are permanent,” ABC News’ Emily Friedman reported. “And if America’s going through tough times, we should not stray from those principles but instead return to them.”

Romney repeated the word “life” twice when speaking about the Declaration of Independence,” according to Friedman. “Government hadn’t endowed us with those rights, the creator did and among them were life, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

All six pro-life Republican presidential candidates are campaigning in South Carolina, a state which has voted for the man who has gone on to win the Republican nomination in every primary since 1980: Romney, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Rep. Ron Paul, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

National Right to Life has an updated comparison piece, “Where do the Candidates Stand on Life” which can be downloaded at http://stoptheabortionagenda.com/files/20120106-potus-bars.pdf. The same comparison is available in Spanish at http://stoptheabortionagenda.com/files/20120104-potus-span.pdf

The comparison-–based on public statements, statements from the campaigns, and/or statements appearing on websites–-addresses the positions of the six pro-life Republican candidates and President Obama on four issues: Taxpayer funding for abortion; Roe v. Wade/abortion; Funding for Abortion Providers; and ObamaCare.

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