Michele Bachmann (Yet Another Anti-Women's Health Politician) Migrates to Mitt Romney
Yesterday, former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann endorsed Mitt Romney—adding her name to a long list of anti-women’s health politicians who are coalescing around the chief anti-women’s health candidate.
We’ll start by noting that Bachmann has a zero lifetime rating from Planned Parenthood Action Fund and that between her time in the state legislature and Congress, she’s sponsored over 40 anti-choice bills. But really, that’s the tip of the iceberg with Bachmann.
Before she decided Romney was her guy, she spent huge amounts of time as a presidential candidate expounding upon her own anti-women’s health philosophy and generally vowing to “dismantle” Obama’s “system of socialism” (ie the Affordable Care Act). Lucky her views line up with Mitt Romney’s who has vowed to repeal Obamacare “on day one” of his presidency.
Bachmann has also spent lots of time talking about the importance of defunding Planned Parenthood, signing and returning the Personhood USA Pledge less than 20 minutes after receiving it, and propagating a slew of misinformation on a number of women’s health issues, including suggesting that "the president can put abortion pills for girls 8 years of age, 11 years of age, on the bubblegum aisle.”
On Meet the Press last month, former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said she knew what women wanted:
"What we want is women to be able to make their own choices.... You see, that's the lie that happens under Obamacare. The president of the United States effectively becomes a health care dictator. Women don't need anyone to tell them what to do on health care. We want women to have their own choices, their own money. That way they can make their own choices for their future on their own bodies."
Well, in a Mitt Romney presidency, the number of choices women would have to make about their own bodies and their own future becomes severely limited:
- Romney would “get rid of” Planned Parenthood, denying millions of women access to Affordable preventive care.
- Romney would overturn Roe v. Wade which he believes is “one of the darkest moments in Supreme Court history,” which deny women access to comprehensive health care.
- Romney’s pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act “on day one” of his presidency, would allow insurance companies to discriminate against women by charging higher premiums (they are now sometimes charged up to 150% more.)
- Romney would support a “personhood” measure which could outlaw common forms of birth control and fertility treatments.
- Romney would let your boss decide what can and can’t be covered on your health insurance plan.
It’s no wonder so many far-right extremists who oppose women’s health are lining up behind Mitt Romney. His policies would further restrict women’s access to comprehensive care, and deny women the option to make her own choices about her body. They say people judge you by the company you keep, and between accepting Bachmann’s endorsement today and campaigning with Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (of mandatory ultrasound fame), it’s pretty fair to judge Romney as an extreme anti-women’s health candidate.
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