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Bachmann, Pawlenty sign anti-abortion pledge

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty are among the Republican candidates for president who’ve signed the Susan B. Anthony List’s 2012 Pro-life Presidential Leadership Pledge.

Others who’ve made the pledge are Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum, but Mitt Romney hasn’t.

Those signing pledge to appoint anti-abortion judges and anti-abortion cabinet members, to end funding for Planned Parenthood and to sign a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks gestation, says Minnesota Independent, which also notes that Bachmann attacked Romney for not signing:

“It is distressing that Governor Romney refuses to sign the SBA Pledge, even while claiming to be pro-life,” Bachmann said in a statement on Sunday. “The excuses for not signing clearly continue the doubts about his leadership and commitment to ending the practice of abortion —– particularly for a candidate who ran as pro-choice for the Senate and Governorship of Massachusetts. Any Presidential candidate seeking our party’s nomination should sign the SBA Pledge and vow to protect life from conception to natural death. Governor Romney should reconsider his decision not to sign the Pledge just as he reconsidered his position on the life issue during the last campaign.”

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  1. Submitted by Robert Langford on 06/22/2011 - 03:50 pm.

    Isn’t it interesting that Pawlenty and Bachmann are both signing committments to vote a certain way even before they have the opportunity to speak to their constituents about the issues? Like the no new taxes pledge, they commit to an ideological promise without regard to the interest of the country. How can either, both lawyers, exclude a large segement of qualified judicial candidates berore even know who they would be? Both seem to me to be willing to sell their souls, and thier votes without any regard to the people they would supposedly represent.

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