Mitt Romney, accompanied by his wife Ann Romney, was presented a pro life award plaque by the Massachusetts Citizens For Life--Pioneer Valley Chapter, at a dinner event at the Chez Joseph restaurant in Agawam, Massachsetts. Specifically, the organization was awarding him for his pro life stances taken during his term as governor ofMassachusetts. Romney, during his keynote speech, stated that his conversion to a prolife outlook happened while he was researching the topic of stem cell policy. Romney said that "It is instructive to see the double standard at work here. When a pro-life figure changes to pro-choice, it hardly gets a mention. But when someone becomes pro-life, the pundits go into high dudgeon."
Outside the restaurant, pro choice activists from the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, and a single pro lifeactivist, demonstrated against Romney's change in attitude, which they described as a 'flip flop,' an accusation that his motivation for changing his position was based on political opportunism.