Personhood USA is calling on presidential candidate Mitt Romney
to retract a statement he made this week about abortion.
Jennifer Mason is a spokesperson for Personhood
USA, which supports proposed state amendments that define
personhood at the biological beginning of life. She says her group
also wants Romney to change course on Senate candidate Todd Akin
(R-Missouri), who recently made a misstatement about children
conceived in rape.
"We have recognized that Mitt Romney has basically
turned his back on the Republican Party platform by claiming that
he will uphold abortions in cases of rape and incest," Mason
explains. "The Republican Party … our organization and pro-lifers
nationwide believe that all life is valuable and sacred."
Romney made his statement and call for Akin's withdrawal from
the race on Monday, after Akin admitted his statement for
"legitimate rape" was wrong.
"While [his words] were insensitive, [Akin] has apologized for
those, and he has basically been a 100-percent pro-life candidate,"
the Personhood USA spokesperson notes. "So we're calling on Romney
to support Akin and not turn his back on him in this upcoming
It was after Akin's verbal snafu that Romney announced he would
not stand against abortion in cases of rape, which is contrary to
the Republican platform. He also asked Akin to withdraw from the
race and has declined to change his mind on that, even though Akin