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Mass. pro-life movement sells its soul.
Honors phony pro-life politician after big donation. A sad day.
POSTED: May 12, 2007
Thursday evening, May 10, the Massachusetts pro-life movement sold its soul in a sad, shameful spectacle as Massachusetts Citizens for Life (MCFL) gave former Gov. Mitt Romney their annual "political leadership award".
A 'challenging' evening
The evening was a display of revisionist-history that challenged the imagination. If anything, the award should have been for brazenness. The crowd of several heard story after story of Romney's alleged valiant pro-life leadership as Governor of Massachusetts and since.
As many of us remember, during most of Romney's term as Governor, MCFL publicly described Romney as "pro-choice." Then Romney donated $15,000 to MCFL and a similar amount to Massachusetts Family Institute. Now they defend his "pro-life" credentials.
The master of ceremonies introduced Romney by saying, "He has always been there for us." Interestingly, in the four years he was governor Romney never attended any pro-life dinner or major pro-life event, although many other politicians did so - including the Democratic Speaker of the House.
It was eventually acknowledged that as Governor, Romney had been pro-choice until his much-publicized "conversion" to a 100% pro-life approach. But as MassResistance has documented even since Romney's "conversion" his actual pro-life record is hideous. No actual pro-life politician would do or say the things that post-conversion Romney has said and done.
It all reeks of phoniness and naked ambition. The credibility of the MCFL leadership and membership is at an all-time low after this.
Relatively short speech.
Romney's actual speech was relatively short - maybe 15 minutes or so -- and seemed like a "stump speech" rather than something original.
In his speech, Romney talked about not allowing "Party A and Party B" birth certificates. (But he didn't mention the "Party A and Party B" marriage licenses he created.) He said that every child deserves a mother and father. (But he didn't mention that he supports domestic partnership benefits for homosexual couples, and that his administration routinely placed children in same-sex "parent" households.) Of course, all of this is public knowledge, even if the event organizers choose to ignore it.
Interestingly, Ann Romney was never introduced. There may be some lingering hard feelings because she was a no-show at a major pro-life dinner in April where she was to be a prominent participant. And recently it was revealed she donated money to Planned Parenthood.
To their credit, a great many long-time pro-life activists we know, particularly in western Massachusetts, boycotted the event. But the large room was still nearly full, and a lot of people who should know better went along and applauded.
For two hours before the event a group of protesters, ostensibly from Planned Parenthood, held signs, wore elaborate "flip-flop" costumes, and chanted anti-Romney chants.
(However, although they said they were from Planned Parenthood and their signs and literature had Planned Parenthood logos, we suspect they were actually national Democratic Party operatives of some kind. When we talked to them, they didn't act like any Planned Parenthood people we'd ever seen -- no ideological "edge", much more methodical and businesslike, even polite and cheerful. And when they drove away, they all had out-of-state plates, from different states! Naturally, none of the media picked up on any of that.)
As for us, a lot of people said that they're "with us" and would "probably" be there. But it takes nerve for a pro-lifer to picket a pro-life event on principle. You run the risk of friends calling you "extreme" -- can't have that. In the end, only two actually held signs. But it was worth it. A statement was made.