Romney's campaign announced the endorsement Saturday.
(CNN)–Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney received an endorsement from a leader of the pro-life community on Saturday.
John Wilke, a physician, and president of both the Life Issues Institute, and International Right to Life Federation made the endorsement according to a release from Romney's campaign. "Unlike other candidates who only speak to the importance of confronting the major social issues of the day, Governor Romney has a record of action defending life," Wilke said in the release. "Every decision he made as Governor was on the side of life. I know he will be the strong pro-life President we need in the White House," he said.
"I am proud to have the support of a man who has meant so much to the pro-life movement in our country," Romney said in the same release from his campaign. "He knows how important it is to have someone in Washington who will actively promote pro-life policies. Policies that include more than appointing judges who will follow the law, but also opposing taxpayer funded abortion and partial birth abortion," Romney said.
Romney highlighted his pro-life and strong family platform in an address to a gathering of Christian conservative voters in Washington, D.C. on Friday night. He is scheduled to participate in a debate with his fellow GOP rivals Sunday night in Orlando, Florida.
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