Mitt Romney, Komen and the War Against Women's Health
And you thought he was a moderate.
Mitt Romney has sunk to an entirely new level of low this week, making it very clear to America just where he stands when it comes to women's health — against it. The other day, on a talk radio show, host Scott Hennen asked Romney whether he believed the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation should fund Planned Parenthood. His reply was plain and simple:
"I don't think so."
To make matters worse, this remark was made on the very same day that Romney stood in front of a gymnasium full of people in Centennial, Colorado, to insist that Obama's decision to ensure access to free birth control for women who work or attend religiously affiliated institutions was a "violation of conscience." He also recently created a petition about the decision and wrote a scathing op-ed contending that if he's elected, he will issue an executive order undoing this decision "on day one" of his presidency.
Sure, we could talk about how as governor of Massachusetts, Romney actually made an extremely similar decision to provide emergency contraception coverage to rape victims in religiously affiliated hospitals. We could also talk about the new poll showing that the majority of Catholics support it being covered by employers as preventive health care. And we don’t even really need to mention that his stance on the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation came three days after Komen themselves walked back their own decision in the face of overwhelming public outrage. But let's get down to the grit of it:
Romney is now running his presidential campaign on an anti-women’s health platform.
If you think a breast cancer advocacy organization should be held accountable, so should a candidate running to become the president of the United States. Because let's face it: if the leader of our country has no regard for women's health, then last week's fight will be nothing compared to what we'll have to face.
We have to make it clear: this is not a war on religious liberty, but a war against women's health. And Mitt aims to be at the helm of it. Don't let him be your Commander in Chump.