Personhood USA is criticizing would-be GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney for comments he made during Monday’s debate. When asked whether Romney would propose that Congress “appropriate legislation pursuant to the 14th Amendment to protect human life in all stages and conditions,” the former Massachusetts governor responded that a federal “Personhood” measure would create “a constitutional crisis,” something that he says he “would not precipitate.”

Romney opponents Michele Bachman, Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain responded to the question in the affirmative.

In a new blog post, Personhood’s Keith Ashley writes that Romney forsakes a “fundamental piece of the Republican Party Platform.”

“When faced with a question of protecting human life, on the issue of the personhood of the child in the womb, Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was the only candidate to back down,” writes Ashley. “This question, as part of a presidential discussion held on Monday in South Carolina, saw the first contrast between Republicans vying for the nation’s highest office on the issue of abortion and the federal government’s role in protecting innocent human life.”

Several anti-abortion groups have found fault with Romney’s stance on abortion issues.

In June, a slew of GOP candidates signed the Susan B. Anthony List’s Pro-life Leadership Presidential Pledge. In doing so, the candidates promised that (if elected) they would nominate pro-life Supreme Court and federal judges, and advance pro-life legislation including the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Romney’s spokespeople said that, while the pledge was “well-intentioned,” it “has some potentially unforeseen consequences” that prevented him from signing it. When asked to elaborate on those consequences, spokeswoman Andrea Saul told that the pledge “calls for legislation to strip taxpayer funding from hospitals around the country, and strictly limits the choices a President would have to appoint cabinet members.”

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