Mitt Romney Wants Steve King as His Partner in Washington
Last week at a campaign event in Iowa, Mitt Romney said the words many women’s health supporters fear, “I'm looking here at Steve King. He needs to be your Congressman again. I want him as my partner in Washington!"
King’s record and rhetoric on women’s health is downright scary. He has called emergency contraception a form of abortion. Don’t forget, he once accused Planned Parenthood of promoting promiscuity. King is clearly no friend to women, but apparently he’s who Mitt Romney wants as his friend in Washington.
Here are just a few of King’s statements on women’s health:
- King doesn't believe birth control pills prevent pregnancies — and suggested that they're a form of abortion, "'The objection that the Catholic Church and I have to the morning after pill is because it ends the life of an unborn baby.'" King needs to get his facts straight—emergency contraception by preventing a pregnancy before it occurs and shouldn’t be conflated with a safe and legal abortion.
- He suggested that birth control will essentially cause our society to die out: “We have people that are single, we have people that are past reproductive age, we have priests that are celibate. All of them, paying insurance premiums that cover contraceptives so that somebody else doesn't have to pay the full fare of that? And they've called it preventative medicine. Preventative medicine. Well if you applied that preventative medicine universally what you end up with is you've prevented a generation. Preventing babies from being born is not medicine. That's not— that's not constructive to our culture and our civilization. If we let our birth rate get down below replacement rate we're a dying civilization.” (Floor Speech in response to the Health and Human Services (HHS) decision to classify birth control as preventative health care)
- He came to the defense of Todd Akin just two days after Akin’s “legitimate rape” claim, telling an Iowa reporter, “Well I just haven’t heard of that [a child becoming pregnant after statutory rape or incest] being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way….”
If this is the type of person Mitt Romney wants as his “partner in Washington,” then we certainly don’t want to see what life would be like if Romney ever got to Washington. They both are completely out of touch when it comes to women’s health issues. During his time in Congress, Steve King has supported countless bills that would restrict women’s access to lifesaving preventive health care, overturn Roe v. Wade, outlaw abortion altogether, and ban common forms of birth control like the pill. Just like King, Romney supports extreme and dangerous measures like “personhood” measures that could outlaw forms of birth control and wants to overturn Roe v. Wade. What would be next? Women can’t afford to find out what’s on Romney’s agenda.