In Their Own Words: Where the Candidates Stand on Abortion

Once again this election, we have a clear choice when it comes to the issue of abortion. The candidates are on complete opposite ends of the spectrum. But rather than me tell you who stands where, I want to simply give you their own words and the words of each party’s platform. As a bonus, I’ll throw in the words of pro-abortion and pro-life groups as to whom they prefer in office.

Mitt Romney (from his website)

Mitt believes that life begins at conception and wishes that the laws of our nation reflected that view. But while the nation remains so divided, he believes that the right next step is for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade – a case of blatant judicial activism that took a decision that should be left to the people and placed it in the hands of unelected judges. With Roe overturned, states will be empowered through the democratic process to determine their own abortion laws and not have them dictated by judicial mandate.

Mitt supports the Hyde Amendment, which broadly bars the use of federal funds for abortions. As president, he will end federal funding for abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood.

President Barack Obama on the 39th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade in January, 2012:

As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right.

From Mr. Obama’s website

Obama is:

“Committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose”

And has

“Opposed attempts to defund Planned Parenthood”

From the official Republican Party Platform

THE SANCTITY AND DIGNITY OF HUMAN LIFE

Faithful to the “self-evident” truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life.

From the official Democrat Party platform

Protecting A Woman’s Right to Choose.

The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right. Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor, and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way. We also recognize that health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions.

And finally, here are the words of two well known groups on opposite sides of the abortion issue.

From the National Right to Life

Determined to secure a pro-life victory in the November election, which will decide the fate of unborn children for decades to come, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, today endorsed Mitt Romney for President of the United States.

From Planned Parenthood

Gives Barack Obama a 100% rating, Mitt Romney a 0% rating.

“I am proud tonight to support the re-election of President Barack Obama!”
-Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards at the Democrat National Convention

Final Analysis

I think Vice President Joe Biden summed it up well in the debate last week:

“[T]he next president will get one or two Supreme Court nominees. That’s how close Roe v. Wade is [to being overturned].”

May it be so, that children will be afforded the right to live, and that this horrible evil will be severely curtailed, perhaps even stopped.

For the record, the Romney/Ryan ticket believes abortion should remain legal in the cases of rape and incest. I do not. The baby did nothing wrong in either case. Why should he or she be killed? I also know that Romney has not always held the views he professes today. I trust that he has realized what a travesty abortion is, and in addition to the deaths of more than 50 million children, the devastating impact it has on society, families, and individuals, including the health of women. Are his views exactly the same as mine? No, but they are quite close. And on matters of utmost importance, such as nominating judges who understand and uphold the sanctity of human life, he and I are in agreement.

The point of this post is to show the vast difference between he and President Obama on this matter of utmost importance. You could not have a clearer choice between pro-abortion and pro-life in this election.

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