Voters who are counting on a President Mitt Romney to protect the unborn may be disappointed if he is elected, according to one GOP ally. Former Minnesota U.S. Senator Norm Coleman, who was defeated in 2008 by Democrat Al Franken, told an audience of Jewish voters in Ohio that Romney would not make it a priority to appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that effectively gave women the right to abort their babies.
“You’ve got to decide what’s important right now, what’s going to impact you right now,” Coleman told his audience. “The reality is that choice is an issue for a lot of people, a very important issue. President Bush was president eight years; Roe v. Wade wasn’t reversed. He had two Supreme Court picks. Roe v. Wade wasn’t reversed.” Coleman added for emphasis that the ruling is “not going to be reversed.”
The former senator's comments came in response to a question about what he would tell voters concerned over the impact of religious conservatives on the Republican Party. Coleman later told the Associated Press that he was making a personal prediction about what he thought would happen if Romney were elected, noting that Roe v. Wade has a 40-year precedent and that overturning abortion entirely would not likely be an option.
Pro-life leaders remain frustrated over Romney's refusal to commit to total protection of the unborn. While he has insisted that he is pro-life, he said he believes abortion is acceptable in cases of rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother.
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