Dec. 1 will go down as a very special day. It was the day that The Press Herald published a defense of Mitt Romney’s change from pro-choice to pro-life.

Kathleen Parker’s commentary does an excellent job of detailing what brought this about (“Dig deeper before concluding Romney’s ‘flip-flops’ are all political”). It shows the depth Mitt Romney is willing to go to, in order to better understand the long-term effect of public behavior on our family life and civilization as a whole.

Both he and his wife, Ann, have always been pro-life personally, based on a story about them in the Dec. 4 Parade Magazine (“A Mitt Romney You Haven’t Seen Yet”).

However, when trying to resolve the issue as governor of Massachusetts, he called for advice from William Hurlbut, a physician and a professor of biomedical ethics at Stanford University Medical School. The upshot of their meeting was that Romney changed from supporting pro-choice to pro-life as a matter of public policy.

The change came as a result of listening to Hurlbut’s presentation of arguments that pro-choice would lead to further deterioration of family life and our civilization as a consequence.

Romney understood the points made, hence the so-called “flip-flop.”

It is Mitt Romney’s habit to call upon the best minds on the subject to be resolved, according to the Parade profile. That seems to be a far better approach to our problems than the current push toward socialism as advocated by the current occupier of the White House.

The examples set by Europe are so far disastrous. Our 200-year history shows better results. Therefore, though we’ve undergone ups and downs, our system deserves a leader who understands how it works. Mitt Romney is the better choice.

Laurent Senechal is a resident of Westbrook.