Monday, June 20, 2011

Newt: "I commit myself to actively advancing pro-life policies"

Newt was one of five GOP Presidential candidates who last week signed the Susan B. Anthony's pro-life pledge. (Mitt Romney and Herman Cain were the two who did not.)

In their morning e-mail, the "Morning Score," Politico writes:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is the latest 2012 candidate to tout his support for the Susan B. Anthony List’s anti-abortion pledge, sending a message to his supporters in Iowa and South Carolina this morning that emphasizes his "deep belief in the sanctity of every human life." GINGRICH: "By signing this important pledge, I commit myself to actively advancing pro-life policies and legislation if I have the opportunity to serve as your next President...On the first day of my administration, I would immediately reinstate President Ronald Reagan’s Mexico City Policy, so that no U.S. taxpayer money is used to pay for abortions overseas. I would also reinstate President George W. Bush’s Conscience Clause, so that no medical professional is forced to perform any procedures that violate their religious beliefs."
Those two executive orders he mentions have long been among the four examples (with 150 or 200 total) of the orders he would sign on his first day. The other two being the elimination of all White House czars and allowing Israel -- as we do every other country -- the choice of where we place our embassy.

During the debate last Monday, Newt's campaign sent out a tweet touting his pro-life record, writing "Newt has a 98.6% lifetime voting record from National Right To Life."

Politico also mentioned that already Mitt Romney has got heat for his refusal to sign the pledge as it adds to the concern that his pro-life conversion may not have been completely sincere.

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