Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum have signed the pledge. Herman Cain and Mitt Romney have not signed it.
One former George H. W. Bush Justice Department official, unaffiliated with any GOP presidential-primary contender, raises the worry that the pledge as it currently reads could easily prove to be too far-reaching in its implications. Taken at its face, he worries, Medicare and Medicaid patients would not be able to use any hospitals that perform any type of abortion.
Harvard Law professor and former ambassador to the Vatican, Mary Ann Glendon — who was in the 2008 campaign (until she resigned to become ambassador) and will again be co-chairing Lawyers for Romney in this election cycle — tells me that she believes it would have been “irresponsible” for the governor to have signed the “far too broad” pledge.
“It does not trouble me at all that he has not signed this pledge. The pledge is asking him to do things he can’t responsibly do,” Glendon tells me.
I am an enthusiastic fan of the SBA List. But I might have taken a little more time to celebrate the seeming pro-life depth of the current field as displayed during Monday night’s debate. I also think that the candidates who have not signed it are fine — maybe even prudent — not to have done so.