Cain Signs Pro-Life Pledge; Romney Still Refuses to Sign

By Pete Winn | November 22, 2011 | 5:01pm EST

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks with the media following a Republican presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

( - GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney has dwindling company today -- he is the last major GOP presidential candidate who refuses to sign the Susan B. Anthony List's Pro-Life Pledge.

On Tuesday, Herman Cain signed the pledge, joining Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), in committing to advance pro-life legislation, defund Planned Parenthood and make pro-life judicial appointments if elected president.

That leaves three active GOP candidates who have refused to sign: Romney, a former Massachusetts governor; Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.

Two others -- former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Miss.) -- had signed the pledge before dropping out of the race.

SBA president Marjorie Dannenfelser commended Cain for adding his name to the pro-life roster.

“This decision is consistent with the Herman Cain we have come to know,” Dannenfelser said in a statement.

“He understands the wound abortion is to America and especially to the most vulnerable among us – people that Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger labeled ‘human weeds.’”

Cain, meanwhile, cited his pro-life convictions for the decision.

“I am an associate Baptist Minister and am 100 percent pro-life,” Cain said in a statement. “I believe that all human beings have intrinsic dignity. My children and grandchildren mean the world to me, and I feel so blessed that they are realizing their full potential.”

Cain pledged not to appoint judges who legislate from the bench.

“I will appoint judges who will strictly interpret the U.S. Constitution and understand the limitations on government and separations of power set forth in the U.S. Constitution,” he said.

Cain also pledged that, if he is elected, he would oppose all government funding of abortion.”

“I will veto any legislation that contains funds for abortions,” he said. “I will do everything that a president can do constitutionally to advance the culture of life.”

By signing the pledge, candidates agree to:

-- support only pro-life candidates for president;

-- nominate judges to the federal bench who “are committed to restraint and applying the original meaning of the Constitution, not legislating from the bench”;

-- end taxpayer funding of abortion

-- defund Planned Parenthood and

-- sign into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

The Susan B. Anthony List describes itself as being “a nationwide network of more than 330,000 Americans dedicated to mobilizing, advancing, and representing pro-life women in politics.”

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