American Right to Life Action — a 527 group that believes National Right to Life Committee is too soft, and describes itself as existing "to provide leadership in the fight to advocate enforcement of God’s enduring command, Do not murder (Luke 18:20)" — announced this week it has started running a TV ad against Mitt Romney on the Fox News Channel in Iowa.
The script reads:
Once upon a time there was a man named Mitt who said a very bad thing:
Romney: "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country"
Then he thought of campaigning in Utah and said something different. "I am NOT pro-choice!"
But when he came back to liberal Massachusetts:
Romney: "I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose."
Then in 2004 he magically became pro-life, but only six months later:
Romney: "I am absolutely committed to my promise to maintain the status quo with regards to law related to abortion and choice."
The spell must have worn off.
Now he’s on the campaign trail again, and he’s back to being pro-life.
Romney: "I was pro-choice; I’m pro-life." … "I changed my position" … "I never said I was pro-choice."
Narrator: BR: Mitt Romney, willing to sacrifice children, lying for your vote.
Paid for by American Right-to-Life Action.
Kevin Madden, Romney campaign spokesman, says in response: "Governor Romney is firmly pro-life and he believes that the Republican Party must be a party that stands up for and protects the sanctity of life. Like Ronald Reagan before him, Governor Romney has changed on the issue, but he has changed in the right direction. He will not apologize for being pro-life and he is grateful for those advocates of the pro-life movement who have welcomed him and support his pro-life position. The pro-life movement is successful when it works to change hearts and minds. "