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Oct 26 2011

Mitt Romney and Abortion

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In Mitt Romney’s 1994 senate debate he states, “Abortion Should be Legal and Safe in America.” He has since changed his point of view, but the question voters must ask is did he really change?

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  1. Julie

    I did not know he had such a strong opinion about abortion. It is scary to imagine how someone changes so dramatically. Thank God he has, but I really worry how dedicated he is about ending abortion.

    1. Ray

      Remember that most people start out Democrats and end up Republicans. He started out more liberal in his youth and has matured. He is also for very limited government intrusion in peoples life – so on that basis one could argue that he did not want to FORCE his values on you. Just for the record his sister Lyn, had a Down’s Syndrome child that they raised and cared vary well for – I know the family when I lived in Detroit many years ago. He has extremely high values.

    2. Bella

      The exepitrse shines through. Thanks for taking the time to answer.

  2. Thomas LJ

    I have heard of his position, but seeing it really makes me think if this guy has any backbone. I really find it hard to believe he is doing well in the Republican Party.
    It is about being for abortion, but it is more about trust. I just can’t trust Romney.
    If it was Romney vs. Obama, I would have to find a third party candidate, if only as a protest.

  3. cory

    Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker just nailed it on abortion:

    So how does a person change from one position to the polar opposite on such a core issue as abortion? Easy. Countless women have changed their minds, thanks to pregnancy and birth. Countless others have suffered the agony of revelation too late following an abortion. Men overjoyed by fatherhood, or crushed by the loss of a child through abortion, have also changed their minds.

    Romney’s own change of heart evolved not from personal experience but rather from a purposeful course of study. I know this because I know the man who instructed him in 2005 on the basics of embryonic life during the stem-cell research debate then taking place in Massachusetts. As governor at the time, Romney was under intense pressure to help flip a state law that protected embryos from stem-cell research. Some of that pressure came from Harvard University, Romney’s alma mater, where scientists hoped to assume a leading role in stem-cell research.

    The politically expedient choice was obvious, but Romney took a more thoughtful approach and sought to educate himself before staking out a position. Enter William Hurlbut, a physician and professor of biomedical ethics at Stanford University Medical School. For several hours, Hurlbut and Romney met in the governor’s office and went through the dynamics of conception, embryonic development and the repercussions of research that targets nascent human life. It was not a light lunch.

    The result of that conversation and others was a pro-life Romney, who kept his campaign promise to honor the state’s democratically asserted preference for abortion choice but also began a personal path that happened to serve him well, at least theoretically, among social conservatives. Was his conversion sincere? No one can know another’s heart, but Hurlbut is convinced that it was.

    “Several things about our conversation still stand out strongly in my mind,” Hurlbut told me. “First, he clearly recognized the significance of the issue, not just as a current controversy but as a matter that would define the character of our culture way into the future.

    “Second, it was obvious that he had put in a real effort to understand both the scientific prospects and the broader social implications. Finally, I was impressed by both his clarity of mind and sincerity of heart. . . . He recognized that this was not a matter of purely abstract theory or merely pragmatic governance, but a crucial moment in how we are to regard nascent human life and the broader meaning of medicine in the service of life.”

    Whether one agrees with Hurlbut’s appraisal or Romney’s conclusions, this was at least a flip-flop of a higher order. Would that all our politics were so painstakingly crafted.

  4. Deb

    It’s very disturbing to learn that some people see it as a flaw that a human being can grow and change over time. Then again, these are the same people who want to outlaw abortion – even if both the mother and child will die in childbirth, even if the child will live for only two agonizing, pain-filled hours and then die, even if the child has anencephaly, harlequinism, etc. I don’t like Mitt but at least he appears to think about things sometimes. Wish I could say the same about the rest of this country!

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