GOP Candidates Veer Right at Personhood Forum
Last night the GOP presidential candidates had a chat about how far to the right they really are and how much they’d all like to take away your reproductive rights.
Candidates Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, and Michele Bachmann took time out of their busy campaign schedules to call in to Personhood USA’s National Presidential Pro-Life Forum to attack women’s health. In other words, they were hanging out with the very group that pushed the widely rejected personhood initiative in Mississippi last month and supporting an initiative that could ban common forms of birth control and IVF treatment.
As Politico Morning Score noted, here’s what’s really going on: “PANDER ALERT – PERRY NO LONGER SUPPORTS ABORTIONS FOR RAPE, INCEST: Playing for social conservatives in the final week, ‘Texas Gov. Rick Perry confirmed…on Tuesday that he no longer supports abortion in any cases, including rape.’” And even though Mitt Romney didn’t participate, he might as well have, since he supports personhood, and is just as extreme on women’s health as his fellow GOP presidential candidates.
We turned the tables on the candidates, and asked our supporters the questions they would want to ask the GOP field. Here are some of the questions from our supporters, via our Facebook page:
"Please explain to me how you can be for the ‘personhood’ amendment, which requires very, very, very BIG government intervention in women's lives and yet still say you're for small government?" — Darlene
“I'd ask ‘Why do you believe that women are not fully human beings with full human rights to their own bodies and the control thereof?’" — Mari Marilyn
“I would ask: Why would you outlaw birth control and abortion? Doesn't that seem a little contradictory?” — Joanna
The simple fact is, the more these GOP presidential candidates campaign on “personhood,” the farther right they lean. This position is becoming further and further out of sync with women voters, young voters, and moderate voters, all of whom are necessary to win the presidency.