Is he or isn′t he? Does he or doesn′t he? Mitt Romney once again appears to be flip-flopping on the matter of abortion. Romney refuses to sign the Susan B. Anthony List Pro-LIfe Presidential Pledge. Herman Cain also will not sign it, while Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum and even Ron Paul all agree that they will sign and support ending federally-funded abortions, and funding to groups like Planned Parenthood. At issue in this abortion debate is that the pledge may impact other sexual health issues. But for Mitt Romney, who has changed his stance on abortion before, could this be the last straw?

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There is no doubt that a large portion of Republican voters are opposed to abortion. The Right to Life has been one of the key, three-legs of the Conservative base since Ronald Reagan addressed the subject at the 1977 CPAC convention. While Mitt Romney currently leads most of the early polls with 25-30%, the polling data shows that two-thirds or more of GOP voters have yet to commit themselves to a single candidate. Even the Tea Party movement, while sporting a large Libertarian base, is very much Pro-Life, and is especially committed to ending federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood.

In a well-prepared statement, Mitt Romney explains why he will not sign the pledge. ″As much as I share the goals of the Susan B. Anthony List, its well-meaning pledge is overly broad and would have unintended consequences. That is why I could not sign it. It is one thing to end federal funding for an organization like Planned Parenthood, it is entirely another to end all federal funding for thousands of hospitals across America. That is precisely what the pledge would demand and require of a president who signed it.″

The pledge itself states the following. That candidates only nominate to the Supreme Court and federal bench judges committed to the original intent of the Constitution and not legislate from the bench. Require candidates to appoint only Pro-Life supporters to key cabinet positions, such as the Departments of Justice and Health & Human Services. End all taxpayer funding for domestic and international abortion programs, specifically naming Planned Parenthood as one group to be stripped of federal funding. Lastly, to advance and sign into law a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from an abortion.

So will refusing to sign the Susan B. Anthony List Pro-Life Presidential Pledge end Mitt Romney in his bid to win the 2012 GOP presidential nomination? Neither he, nor Herman Cain will sign the pledge. Romney has flip-flopped on the issue of abortion before, which could lead one to question just where he really does stand on the subject. He claims that the pledge goes too far, not only ending federal funding for Planned Parenthood, but could jeopardize other sexual health programs. Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum and even Ron Paul have all agreed to sign the Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life Pledge. Has Mitt Romney just ended his status as the current front runner of the 2012 GOP presidential race?