Mitt Romney thinks American women are dumb. Either that or he hopes we aren’t paying attention. At an editorial board meeting with the Des Moines Register the newly “etch-a-sketched” version of Mitt Romney was asked about the critical issue of choice and what his administration will do if he’s elected.
Romney told the Des Moines Register:
“There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.”
But by executive order, not by legislation, he would reinstate the so-called Mexico City policy that bans U.S. foreign aid dollars from being used to do abortions, he said.
President Barack Obama dropped the policy on his tenth day in office, Romney said.
I call bullshit. Romney was asked whether he will push for legislation limiting abortion. Romney said he would not. That is not true.
Romney is anti-choice, picked an anti-choice running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. Ryan is BFFs with Rep. Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin who thinks even women and girls who are victims of sexual assault should be banned from choosing abortion.
Mitt Romney used to brag about the support of the faux doctor who started the “legitimate rape” crap about the body “shutting the whole thing down” to prevent pregnancy. Romney told Mike Huckabee he loves him some personhood. And lastly but most importantly Romney has said he wants to appoint anti-choice judges to the Supreme Court which actually in the end makes this whole legislation question moot in practical terms.
I know we’ve said it over and over again on this site but once more with feeling: If Mitt Romney is elected the end of legal abortion is only a matter of time. It Mitt Romney gets to replace the likely first to retire, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, legal and safe abortion is over.
Of course right after the Des Moines interview his campaign backtracked (like they always do when Romney tries his etch-a-sketch routine in public) with Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul saying a President Romney, “of course support[s] legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life.”
In response to Romney’s false statement to the Des Moines Register about his position on abortion, Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith put out a statement saying, “It’s troubling that Mitt Romney is so willing to play politics with such important issues. But we know the truth about where he stands on a woman’s right to choose – he’s said he’d be delighted to sign a bill banning all abortions, and called Roe v. Wade ‘one of the darkest moments in Supreme Court history’ while pledging to appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn it. Women simply can’t trust him.”
And just for good measure the DNC posted this clip of Mitt Romney saying the opposite of what he said told the Des Moines Register.
Transcript: I’m in favor of a pro-life policy. The legislation that relates to abortion which is something that is going to have to be approved by the Supreme Court and the key decisions I’ll take as the president will be number one, stopping funding for Planned Parenthood, re-instituting the Mexico City policy which says our funds can’t be used for abortion around the world and appointing justices to the Supreme Court that will follow the Constitution, hopefully reverse Roe v. Wade, and return to the states, the authority for making law with regards to abortion.