Many of my pro-life friends are passing around this video as evidence that Romney has betrayed them on the social issues. While it indeed does portray Romney as a squishy moderate on abortion, the position it argues for is exactly that of George W. Bush and John McCain: No abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother. This is a view that hasn’t satisfied pro-lifers—and shouldn’t—but it’s the best we’ve been able to get. (Nor of course has anyone proposed banning contraception.)
Where Romney represents a definite improvement over these candidates for pro-lifers is that at times he portrays this not as a pro-life stance, but rather as a thoroughly moderate one. In the above ad, Romney redraws the lines of the abortion debate. What Richard John Neuhaus called the “extremity of the mainstream” is undermined, and the previous extreme is presented as the new middle. This is just the sort of move that should encourage pro-lifers and enrage those who support abortion.