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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.


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.

Kirk Adams is the Speaker of the House in Arizona, with ambitions for higher office. Despite pretending to be pro-life, 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.

Mitt Romney was for abortion, and currently claims to be pro-life. As governor, he supported the state's abortion programs, saying that abortion should be "safe and legal". After desiring to run for President, he decided to switch views on abortion.