Entries in Pro Life Pledge (2)


Rick Santorum Takes Aim at Jon Huntsman in New Web Ad

Steve Pope/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum released a new web ad Tuesday, just as Jon Huntsman announced he was entering the race.

The ad pokes fun at the former governor of Utah and ambassador to China -- parodying motorcycle ads the Huntsman camp released in anticipation of Tuesday's presidential announcement.  Specifically, it takes aim at the fact that Huntsman has failed to sign the Susan B. Anthony List's Pro-Life Pledge, something another contender, Mitt Romney has failed to do.

The ad shows a stuntman on a motorcycle riding through a dirt course and reads: "Today. [Huntsman] Hasn't signed the anti-abortion pledge. Just like Mitt Romney." It then shows the stuntman flying through the air and taking a spill in the dirt.

In a press release, the campaign asks, "Will Huntsman Be 'Just like Mitt Romney?'"

"We certainly hope that Gov. Romney will reconsider his decision not to sign and encourage Ambassador Huntsman to stand up and be counted on this important pro-life pledge," said National Political Director Mike Biundo. "Being pro-life is about more than just rhetoric, it's about consistency and it's about action.  And above all, it's about fighting to help protect those who can't protect themselves."

Santorum, a staunch pro-life conservative, has repeatedly touted his record on the issue during his time in the Senate.

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Herman Cain Declines to Sign Pro-Life Pledge

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain declined to sign Susan B Anthony List’s Pro-Life Presidential Pledge, while the organization says five other GOP 2012 candidates have signed the pledge.

SBL List called on each GOP presidential candidate to agree to four specific anti-abortion pledges including only nominating pro-life judges and selecting pro-life appointees to key positions in their administrations if they were elected president.

Cain issued a statement to explain why he chose not to sign the pledge.  He said he agrees with the first three parts of the pledge because he “adamantly” supports the appointing pro-life judges and selecting pro-life appointees to his Cabinet and the Executive Branch as well ending taxpayer funding for abortions, but he had a problem with the last part of the pledge.

“The fourth requirement demands that I 'advance' the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. As president, I would sign it, but Congress must advance the legislation,” he said.  “I have been a consistent and unwavering champion of pro life issues.  In no way does this singular instance of clarification denote an abandonment of the pro-life movement, but instead, is a testament to my respect for the balance of power and the role of the presidency.”

SBL List announced at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans that Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, and Rick Santorum signed the pledge.  According to the organization, Mitt Romney and Gary Johnson declined to sign it.

“We applaud those candidates who did sign the pledge for vowing to support and advance the protection of life at all stages if elected to the White House,” said Marilyn Musgrave, a former congresswoman and Project Director for SBL List. “Their signatures demonstrate that mere lip-service to protecting women and the unborn is not enough—it must be backed up by concrete action.”

When asked about his position on abortion, Herman Cain has repeatedly said that he is “pro-life from conception.”

Cain is expected to speak at the National Right to Life Convention along with other GOP presidential candidates in Jacksonville, Florida on June 24.

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