Mitt Romney Continues to Run from His Record
Last week Mitt Romney was dishonest about his tax plan and Medicare plan. Today, he’s misleading the public about his intentions to restrict women’s access to a safe and legal abortion.
In an interview with Iowa’s Des Moines Register, Mitt Romney said "There's no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda.” REALLY?
Romney’s views are so far out of the mainstream that he’s trying to hide them in the final weeks before the election. While Romney doesn’t want voters to know where he really stands on women’s health issues, women don’t forget so easily.
On a number of occasions, Romney has reiterated his position and desire to overturn Roe v. Wade, thereby ending safe and legal abortion.
- During a 2012 Republican primary presidential debate in New Hampshire, Romney said, “Do I believe the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade? Yes, I do.” [ABC, New Hampshire GOP Presidential Debate, 1/7/12]
- On the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, Romney released a statement saying, “Today marks the 39th anniversary of one of the darkest moments in Supreme Court history, when the court in Roe v. Wade claimed authority over the fundamental question regarding the rights of the unborn.” [Life News, 1/22/12]
- He called Roe, “Bad Law and Bad Medicine.” Romney: “I support the reversal of Roe v. Wade, because it is bad law and bad medicine. Roe was a misguided ruling that was a result of a small group of activist federal judges legislating from the bench.” [National Review, 6/18/11]
- When asked if the repeal of Roe v. Wade would be a good day for America, former Gov. Romney responded, "Absolutely." [MSNBC, Transcript of GOP Presidential Debate in California, 5/3/07]
As recently as January, Romney has pledge to overturn Roe v. Wade, and as president, he would have the power to appoint Supreme Court judges that could support his extreme agenda. We can’t afford to see what four years of a Romney presidency is like; in fact, we can’t afford to see what one day of a Romney presidency looks like!
Make no mistake, Romney wants to “get rid of” Planned Parenthood, repeal Obamacare “on day one,” eliminate Title X access, and he even supports “personhood” measures which could ban forms of birth control. He’s simply wrong for women’s health and it’s time to hold him accountable.