PLINO

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A PLINO politician, which stands for "Pro-Life In Name Only," is a politician who campaigns and is elected by claiming to be pro-life, but then quietly obstructs the passage of pro-life laws or otherwise fails to pass them. Examples would include committee chairmen who fail to schedule hearings on a pro-life bill, or leaders of legislative bodies who fail to call for a floor vote.

Politician Claim Reality
Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) Claims to be pro-life as his father was when he was Governor of Pennsylvania Insists on funding Planned Parenthood, the biggest provider of abortion
Jon Brunning, candidate for Senate (R-NE) Claims to be pro-life, and arranged for an endorsement by an ineffective pro-life group Failed to defend an important pro-life bill in court, and instead gave Planned Parenthood virtually everything it wanted in a settlement, forcing the state to pay more than $110,000 to Planned Parenthood
Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) Says he's pro-life and has ambitions for higher office Has failed to appeal an important decision in favor of the abortion industry
Kirk Adams, congressional candidate (R-AZ) Says he's pro-life As the Arizona Speaker of the House, he refused to allow a floor vote on a simple bill (SB 1095) that has worked well in Missouri for more than five years to protect against harms from abortion. Instead, Adams hastily adjourned for the year on April 20, 2011 without passing any significant pro-life legislation, despite having an overwhelmingly pro-life majority
Governor Robert McDonnell (R-VA) Says he's pro-life and has ambitions for higher office Engineered the removal of a requirement for a transvaginal ultrasound before a women could have an abortion from a bill that was ultimately enacted.
Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) Says he's pro-life and has ambitions for higher office Has done little to prevent abortions in his state; New Jersey continues to have one of the highest abortion rates in the nation.
Gabriel Gomez, candidate for Senate (R-MA) Claimed the be a "proud Catholic, and pro-life" Said that Roe v. Wade is "settled law" and that he would oppose additional abortion restrictions

Other Examples

Many state politicians in Georgia were elected during the 2010 Midterm Elections by claiming to be pro-life, yet it did not pass a single pro-life law before adjourning for the year in 2011. This occurred despite a rapidly increasing rate of abortion in Georgia. 2012 Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was effectively a RINO and PLINO; Romney espoused pro-choice positions until he ran for President to appeal to the more conservative base in the Republican primaries in a largely unsuccessful attempt to attract religious evangelicals.

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