The Top Seven Things You Need To Know About Where Mitt Romney Stands on Birth Control
For someone who claims to care about economic security, Mitt Romney fails to realize just how important affordable access to birth control is for women and their families. Women can spend up to $600 per year on birth control. That’s the equivalent of five weeks of groceries. For women, birth control is not a social issue, it’s an economic issue.
Here is where Romney stands on this important issue for women:
1) Supports the Blunt Amendment, putting your employer between you and your health care.
Yes, that’s right Mitt Romney was willing to let your employer cherry-pick what is and what isn’t covered on your health insurance plan, including birth control. The fact that 67 percent of American voters opposed this measure didn’t stop Mitt Romney from taking this unpopular position.
2) Wants to eliminate Title X funding for family planning.
For someone who claims he cares about the economy, Romney chooses to completely disregard the well-known fact that every dollar invested in family planning program saves the government $3.74.
3) Wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, getting rid of no co-pay birth control.
If elected, Romney has pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act “on day one” of his presidency. One of his first acts as president would be to deny millions of women and families access to preventive care, including no co-pay birth control.
4) Launched a petition against including birth control as basic preventive care.
Choosing to defy even the nonpartisan Institute of Medicine, which recommended birth control be included as basic preventive care, Romney launched a petition against this groundbreaking ruling for women’s health.
5) Believes Griswold v. Connecticut, the United States Supreme Court case that ensured married couples have legal access to birth control, was decided incorrectly.
6) Supports extreme and dangerous “personhood” measures.
Seriously. Romney said he would “absolutely” support a “personhood” amendment that could potentially ban common forms of contraception like the birth control pill.
7) Would “get rid of” Planned Parenthood.
Yes, Mitt Romney wants to get rid of Planned Parenthood, eliminating affordable access to birth control (along with lifesaving cancer screenings and breast exams) for millions of patients.