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Right To Life Leaders Battle Over Romney

National RTL and Bob Jones III vs. American Right To Life

Contact: Donna Ballentine, American Right To Life Action, 888-888-ARTL (2785), office@ARTLaction.com; Ray Greybar, Ross Mountain Public Relations, 970-224-2964, Rjrossmountain@aol.com

DENVER, Jan. 16 /Christian Newswire/ -- American RTL Action president Steve Curtis is challenging the pro-life leadership of South Carolina's Bob Jones III and of National Right To Life for their support of pro-abortion Mitt Romney for president.  Curtis is the former president of the Colorado Republican Party. The anti-Romney TV ads his new 527 group is running in early contest states like South Carolina have garnered media coverage including being aired by ABC's World News Tonight and the Fox News Channel. The political group's website, ARTLaction.com, documents with links to mainstream media sources, and audio and video clips of the candidate himself, Romney's aggressive and most recent pro-abortion record:


Mitt Romney claims, "On every piece of legislation, I came down on the side of life." That is a lie. In April 2006 he signed the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Plan that pays for even elective abortions. Romney today falsely claims a 1981 court ruling about "medically necessary" abortions forced him to provide tax-funded elective abortion into law, showing he prioritizes socialized "health care" over protecting kids, even when it pays to kill them. Romney gave a permanent seat on the Massachusetts health payment policy advisory board to the nation's leading abortionists at Planned Parenthood. Romney signed the 2005 bill that promotes chemical abortions with Plan B. As Governor he appointed openly pro-abortion Democrat Matt Nestor to a district court; and disputing a ruling from his own state health department Romney personally argued that pro-life hospitals must dispense abortifacients. Romney claims to have been personally pro-life for many years, but also claims a recent pro-life conversion on Nov. 9, 2004 while talking to Harvard researcher Douglas Melton about embryonic stem cells.  However Mitt still openly supports killing the baby of a rapist, and killing the tiniest of humans for research. Dr. Melton has even disputed Romney's account of their conversation. Pro-life Romney even attended a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. In October 2005 Romney asked the federal government for a waiver for a major increase in funding for abortion "counseling" and for tax-funded abortifacients. During the years that Romney says he was personally pro-life he aggressively claimed to be second-to-none in asserting abortion as an essential right. And the Weekly Standard reports him telling the pro-abortion activists at NARAL, "you need someone like me in Washington." [see corroborating links for all claims]


"The evidence is indisputable-- Mitt Romney is lying to get Christian votes," said vice president of ARTL Action, Columbine dad Brian Rohrbough. "Pro-life leaders like Bob Jones III have been deceived by Mitt Romney and American Right To Life Action calls upon Dr. Jones to retract his endorsement of this pro-abortion politician."


Denver-based "American Right To Life Action also calls National RTL's support of Mitt Romney a betrayal of the innocent," said Curtis. NRTL is playing the odds, and "doubled down," officially endorsing anti-human life amendment Fred Thompson, while supporting their own longtime general counsel for serving as a "key advisor" to the Romney campaign. "The Republican National Committee has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to NRTL, which calls into question NRTL's loyalty to the unborn," added Curtis, "especially now that its political architect, James Bopp, is endorsing a pro-abortion candidate like Mitt Romney who plainly lies to deceive pro-lifers."