Warning to Pro-Life Voters!
There are a number of “Voter’s Guides” circulating around the pro-family/pro-life movement that contain inaccurate information regarding Mitt Romney’s record on abortion. These Voter’s Guides are based upon information submitted by the candidates, a notoriously inaccurate way to assess them. A far more accurate way to determine whether a politician will vote correctly on pro-life issues is her or her actual record. The two largest groups engaged in distributing inaccurate Voter’s Guide are the Family Research Council and the National Right to Life PAC.
This type of Voter’s Guide easily can be “gamed” by candidates seeking pro-life support; indeed, a candidate who owned abortion clinics could fill out a Voter’s Guide questionnaire “correctly” and thereby be portrayed as pro-life. The failure to create Voter’s Guides based on a candidate’s actual abortion record has led to the election of candidates who have not always voted pro-life. Regarding Romney, there is a huge difference between his actual record and what he says on the campaign trail.
It is possible that a politician could change his views on abortion. Thus, we have decided to judge Romney based only on his actions on abortion since his very public pro-life “conversion” in November, 2004. Here is what we found:
2004 – 2007. Romney invested in stem-cell research. Romney invested in Novo Nordisk and Millipore, two companies involved in stem-cell research. He also had investments in Warner Chilcott, the firm that produces Loestrin, an abortifacient. (1) Romney maintained investments in these companies for three years after his “conversion” but never bothered to instruct his trust manager to avoid investing in anti-life companies until after it became public knowledge. (2)
2004 – 2007, Romney promoted Planned Parenthood’s clinics on his Dept. of Health website during his entire term of office. Under “family planning services,” Romney’s Dept. of Health appointees listed and promoted nearly every abortion clinic in the state, including those operated by Planned Parenthood. An archived picture of the Dept. of Health website can be found in the footnotes.(3)
2005. Romney refused to advance the pro- life agenda while Governor, even after his “conversion.” Yes, the Massachusetts legislature was and is controlled by the Left, but regardless, Romney made little to no effort to fight for pro-life issues or even fight against pro-abortion causes. Indeed, shortly after his ”conversion,” Romney even boasted about “successfully” ignoring pro-life issues in a video clip now on You Tube: “I am absolutely committed to my promise to maintaining the status quo with regards to laws relating to abortion and choice and so far I’ve been able to successfully do that….”(4)