Mitt Romney on Abortion / Stem Cell Research

Mitt Romney’s pro-life pledge can be read here.

“Every piece of legislation which came to my desk in the coming years as the governor, I came down on the side of preserving the sanctity of life.” – Mitt Romney 12/16/07 on Meet the Press

Summary: Mitt Romney on Abortion and Stem Cell Research

  • Life begins at conception.
  • Roe v Wade should be immediately overturned so that states can decide abortion laws.
  • Supports the ban on partial birth abortions.
  • Should eventually have a constitutional amendment protecting lives of the unborn.
  • Federal money should not be used to support abortions.
  • Embryo-destructive research should not be supported by taxpayer money.
  • Cloning of human embryos is morally wrong.
  • Supports using scientific techniques that can produce equivalent research without destroying or cloning embryos.

Videos: Mitt Romney on Abortion and Stem Cell Research


Mitt Romney Talks About Abortion at National Review Institute Conservative Summit


Mitt Romney on When Life Begins and Abortion


Mitt Romney Endorses Human Life Amendment


Mitt Romney Answers Question about Foreign Aid Going to Fund Abortions

Quotes: Mitt Romney on Abortion and Stem Cell Research


Mitt Romney on Repealing Roe v Wade:

Chris Matthews: “Would the day that Roe v. Wade is repealed be a good day for America?”
Mitt Romney: “Absolutely.” – 5/3/07 at Republican debate at Simi Valley, CA


Mitt Romney on Values of American People in Regards to Abortion:

“Well, I think all of us — I believe almost all of us in the room would say that we’d love to have an America that didn’t have abortion. But the truth of the matter is that — (applause) — that’s not what America is right now. That’s not where the American people are right now, and so I’d like to see Roe v. Wade overturned and allow the states and the elected representatives of the people and the people themselves have the ability to put in place pro-life legislation.

And of course it’s our aspiration that at some point we’ll see a nation that doesn’t have abortion. But until that time, I certainly believe that allowing states and citizens and their representatives to fashion their own laws to protect the sanctity of life is very, very important.

I recognize that for many people, that is considered an act of murder, to have an abortion. It is without question the taking of a human life, and I believe that a civilized society must respect the sanctity of a human life. But we have two lives involved here: A mom and unborn child. We have to have concern for both lives. And so the expression of our compassion and our consideration — and work to change hearts and minds — and that’s the way, in my view, we’ll ultimately have a society without abortion.” – 8/5/07 at Des Moines, IA debate


Mitt Romney on Abortion as Taking a Human Life:

“Abortion is taking human life. There’s no question but that human life begins when all the DNA is there necessary for cells to divide and become a human being. Is it alive? Yes. Is it human? Yes. And, therefore, when we abort a fetus, we are taking a life at its infancy, at its very, very beginning roots, and a civilized society, I believe, respects the sanctity of human life.” – 2/18/07 on “This Week” with George Stephanopolous


Mitt Romney on When Life Begins:

“I believe from a political perspective that life begins at conception. I don’t pretend to know, if you will, from a theological standpoint when life begins. I’d committed to the people of Massachusetts that I would not change the laws one way or the other, and I honored that commitment. But each law that was brought to my desk attempted to expand abortion rights and, in each case, I vetoed that effort. I also promoted abstinence education in our schools. I vetoed an effort, for instance, to give young women a morning after pill who did not have prescriptions. So I took action to preserve the sanctity of life.” – 2/16/07 on Meet the Press

Other Resources: Mitt Romney on Abortion and Stem Cell Research


A Stem-Cell Solution op-ed by Mitt Romney
A Record of Protecting Life pdf



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