So far there are three GOP contenders who won't sign the Susan B. Anthony List pledge to only appoint pro-life judges and cabinet members-Gary Johnson, Herman Cain and Mitt Romney. Gary Johnson is pro-choice, but what about the other two?
Herman Cain's position has to do with checks and balances. Cain says he won't sign it because he does not believe that, as president, he should advance Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. He clarified that, as president, he would happily sign the bill, but it's Congress's job to advance it. From his press release:
"I support right-to-life issues unequivocally and I adamantly support the first three aspects of the Susan B. Anthony pledge involving appointing pro-life judges, choosing pro-life cabinet members, and ending taxpayer-funded abortions.
However, the fourth requirement demands that I 'advance' the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. As president, I would sign it, but Congress must advance the legislation.
I have been a consistent and unwavering champion of pro life issues.
In no way does this singular instance of clarification denote an abandonment of the pro-life movement, but instead, is a testament to my respect for the balance of power and the role of the presidency."
Romney's reasons were a little different. He says that while he agrees with the goals of the Susan B. Anthony List, he does not want to end federal funding for hospitals, or be barred from appointing a cabinet member who is not pro-life. He lays it all out at The Corner: