Two of 12 declared, likely or possible Republican candidates for the party’s presidential nomination are rated as too pro-life by NARAL Pro-Choice America although two have supported NARAL-backed pro-choice measures in the past (former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty). Pawlenty is very certainly pro-life who signed a few bills he shouldn’t have because the bill was overall very good but included problematic elements. Giuliani has been clearly unclear or unclearly clear that he opposes abortion and supports abortion rights, but having given a polite nod to GOP primary voters in 2008 for pragmatic political purposes he is now unacceptable to NARAL. About Mitt Romney: he has been clearly more unclear than Giuliani, with NARAL saying Romney has moved from “pro- to anti-” although he could change back. Who knows what winds he will detect before shifting directions again?

As a short intro to the Republican field, including some who won’t be part of it (Sarah Palin), NARAL’s piece in the Washington Independent is well worth reading.