A media storm has erupted over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s unwillingness to sign Susan B. Anthony List’s pro-life pledge.

But I have yet to see any address the huge story Romney’s balk exposed. Right now thousands of hospital CEOs are holding their collective breath, hoping none will.

In his June 18 National Review Online op ed, Romney stated he had two problems with SBA List’s pledge.

One was that Romney didn’t want to be hamstrung from appointing pro-abortion ideologues to his cabinet or other important positions, a topic worthy of its own discussion, although not in this post.

The other, quoting Romney:

[I]ts 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.

By that comment Romney was acknowledging he knows there are thousands of hospitals across America that receive government funding that also commit elective abortions.

In other words, thousands of hospitals across America operate no differently in practice than those hundreds of Planned Parenthoods we pro-lifers have been targeting for defunding.

I know this because I worked at one, and I am well aware that in just about every large and small community across the country there are indeed thousands of other hospitals doing the same.

This is not to say these hospitals are violating the Hyde Amendment by receiving Medicaid reimbursements for abortions other than for rape, incest, or life of the mother.

This is to say these hospitals get taxpayer dollars for doing good things in one room, floor, or wing, while receiving private or insurance funding to abort in another room, floor, or wing.

Here is SBA List’s verbiage that was problematic to Romney:

Advance pro-life legislation to permanently end all taxpayer funding of abortion in all domestic and international spending programs, and defund Planned Parenthood and all other contractors and recipients of federal funds with affiliates that perform or fund abortions.

Such as Christ Hospital, where I worked, never mind university hospitals, which do worse than commit abortions, they teach how to commit abortions, like the University of New Mexico and the University of California at San Francisco.

I wonder if Romney’s opponents understood SBA List’s pledge to mean what I believe Romney correctly understood it to mean. It would be great, if so.

And if so, SBA List has just launched an opening salvo what will dwarf the fight to defund Planned Parenthood.

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