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Which Presidential candidate is truly pro life?


There is no doubt Obama is pro-choice. He has said so many times. There is also no doubt Romney is running on what he calls a pro-life platform. But any honest analysis of the facts shows the situation is much more complicated than that.

For example, Obama's Affordable Care Act does not pay for abortions. In Massachusetts, Romney's health care law does. Obama favors, and included in the Affordable Care Act, $250 million of support for vulnerable pregnant women and alternatives to abortion. This support will make abortions much less likely, since most abortions are economic. Romney, on the other hand, has endorsed Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan's budget, which will cut hundreds of millions of dollars out of the federal plans that support poor women. The undoubted effect: The number of abortions in the United States will increase. On these facts, Obama is much more pro-life than Romney.
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But let's not stop there. Obama does not financially profit from the abortion industry. Romney does. Bain Capital, in the time Romney was listed as its legal head and even when he was attending Bain board meetings, was an owner of Stericycle, a major disposer of the dead bodies of aborted children in the United States. (See: Romney Invested in Medical-Waste Firm That Disposed of Aborted Fetuses, Government Documents Show.) Bain owned a share of Stericycle until 2004, selling its interest for a profit in the tens of millions of dollars. We can parse what Romney's 1999 "retroactive retirement" from Bain means, but he still gets an annual payout from the firm. To the extent those dollars are part of Bain's Stericycle profits, a strong argument exists that Romney is an abortion profiteer. How pro-life is that?
And it has long been known that millions of Bain Capital's original outside funding, solicited by Romney himself, came from wealthy El Salvadorian clans, some of whom, while they were funding Bain, were "linked to right wing death squads." (Salt Lake Tribune, 1999; See also: Mitt Romney Started Bain Capital With Money From Families Tied To Death Squads.) Death squads killed tens of thousands of mostly poor people in El Salvador. They also killed priests, nuns and Archbishop Oscar Romero. How pro-life is that?

How pro-life is taking the money of these people and doubling or tripling it for them? And did any of their Bain profits fund more death squads? Before we endorse Romney's "pro-life" claims, isn't it important for us to know that?

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in light of being hated....

who cares!

"Freedom is never easy in a world of tyranny" - ME

ok liberty tells me

that people can make the choices they choose. pro-life means I am telling someone what to do and that doesnt sit well with me or freedom. people should do what they want to do and not I or you should be able to tell them yes or no. make sense?

"Freedom is never easy in a world of tyranny" - ME

The liberty-minded refutation

The liberty-minded refutation to that is that the person having the abortion is not allowing the baby a life or a choice at all. I see people go both ways. I'm getting out of here though, abortion debates are not something I enjoy.

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it's not okay with you to tell someone not to hurt someone else, or even worse, not to kill someone else? Keep in mind abortion is quite a violent death for the baby. You have seen pictures of the bodies, right? It's not okay with you to tell people not to do that to little babies?

No, that doesn't make sense. Dr. Paul himself says we can't defend liberty without defending life. Freedom means nothing to the dead.

Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Mary, Our Mother, protect us under your mantle.

The Santorum delegates

in Tampa.
Romney and Gingrich ones too.

Don't you want more ammo for Tampa?

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