Jerry's Jonesin' for a fight
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September 5, 2006
To: State Representatives on Commonwealth Steering Committee
From: Dr. Jerry Zandstra, Chairman Pro-Life Federation of Michigan
Dear State Representative,
We formed the Pro-Life Federation of Michigan to support pro-life candidates across the state of Michigan and to certify their pro-life status.
As you know, candidates can apply for certification and are officially certified pro-life if they correctly answer just a few questions and pass a basic analysis of their past statements.
I recently read the press release from Mitt Romney’s Commonwealth PAC indicating that you have signed on to his Political Action Committee as a member of his Steering Committee.
The Washington political newsletter Hotline reported on August 23rd that:
In theory, these new members of Romney's Commonwealth PAC affiliate in Michigan are fully and completely dedicated to helping elect Republicans in Michigan in 2006. But the reality is, of course, that they're fully fledged members of Romney's presidential campaign, which, although it has yet to officially begin... has... well... pretty much officially begun.
The Pro-Life Federation of Michigan does not view Mitt Romney as a suitable Republican nominee for President of the United States because of his pro-choice position on abortion:
"I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time when my Mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a U.S. Senate candidate...
Romney's response to the National Abortion Rights Action League's 2002 candidate survery: ''I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose. This choice is a deeply personal one. Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not mine and not the government's. The truth is, no candidate in the governor's race in either party would deny women abortion rights." (Notably, Romney refused to answer Massachusetts Citizens for Life's candidate questionnaire.)
Given these comments, the Pro-Life Federation of Michigan requests that you consider removing your name from the Commonwealth PAC Steering Committee.
Governor Mitt Romney is clearly not a suitable nominee for pro-life elected officials to support for President of the United States.
I know that social conservative leaders in Michigan like President of the American Family Association of Michigan Gary Glenn, Judy Zabik, Judy Climer of Black Americans for Life and other pro-life activists share my concerns.
I respectfully ask you to reconsider your support for Governor Romney in his bid for the White House. If you would like to discuss my concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Jerry Zandstra
Pro-Life Federation of Michigan