Romney Adviser Backed Bans on Abortion, Gays in Africa
Jay Sekulow's ideology undermines Mitt's new centrism: Andy Kroll
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2012 5:05 PM CDT
Jay Sekulow.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney, man of the political center? At Mother Jones, Andy Kroll ridicules that notion by emphasizing Romney's ties with Jay Sekulow, a star of the Christian right who has advocated bans on homosexuality and abortion in Africa. His American Center for Law and Justice—called by Time a "counterweight" to the ACLU—opened offices in Zimbabwe and Kenya to urge politicians to "take the Christian's views into consideration as they draft legislation and policies," says the ACLJ's website.

Sekulow personally lobbied in Zimbabwe during President Mugabe's brutal regime, while the ACLJ tried—and failed—to block a constitutional provision in Kenya allowing abortion when the mother's life is in danger. Sekulow equated the provision with "abortion on demand" and the ACLJ vowed to fight it in court. Now Sekulow is an "informal adviser" and "active supporter" of Romney's, says an ACLJ official. So Kroll pounces: "Romney's ties to evangelical crusaders like the Sekulows undercut his last-ditch pivot to the political center—a move that Romney believes can deliver him the White House."

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Nov 4, 2012 12:07 PM CST
you know what i think is sad,Is that many Americans think it is okay to kill babies...They think it is okay to destroy what makes a family and this country stronger,a man and woman, Yes people have rights,in other countries you could not be this way.There would be some bad actions taken against gays.So they need to stop pushing their ways here.Because the God given laws of nature cannot be broken ever! Islam should be banned from America also,They recruit terrorists in some cases,and teach to go against the laws of this country..Sorry but this should not be allowed!if you want to live here,expect to go by our laws,not your own laws you have made up and try to push and enforce on a free country..We fought to be free! and we can fight to keep it that way.
Nov 3, 2012 5:00 PM CDT
Wait. You mean to tell me that Mitt Romney has conservatives advising his campaign? Next thing you're going to tell me that Barack Obama has people advising him in favor of abortion and legalizing gay marriage. Shocked I say. Shocked.
Nov 3, 2012 2:06 PM CDT
" of the Christian right..." Does anyone else find that phrase profoundly saddening and terrifying?