"As president, I will end federal funding for abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood." (Values Voter Summit)
About Mitt Romney
When it comes to women’s health, Mitt Romney simply doesn’t get it.
In his run for the presidency, voters have become reacquainted with a candidate who is simply dangerous on women’s health issues.
Time and again, Romney has shown that he’s willing to throw women’s health under the bus in order to get elected. He made that point crystal clear this spring when discussing which programs he would eliminate, his answer was simple: “Planned Parenthood, we’re going to get rid of that.” But that’s just the beginning.
Here are the top five things you need to know about Mitt Romney and where he stands on women’s health issues.
- No matter how much he tries to talk around the issue and run from his record, there’s no avoiding the fact that Mitt Romney opposes access to safe and legal abortion. When asked if he believes the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade, his answer was simple: “Yes, I do.” When asked if the repeal of Roe would be a good day for America, he responded “Absolutely.”
- He announced his support for the Blunt amendment, a bill that was introduced to restrict access to birth control by allowing any employer the right to deny health insurance coverage for any benefit based on a “moral” conviction. Governor Romney is on the wrong side of the public on this issue: 67 percent of American voters opposed this measure. He has aggressively supported this stance, even launching a petition against the Health and Human Services ruling to include birth control as basic preventive care.
- If elected, Romney has pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act “on day one” of his presidency, meaning one of his first acts would be to cut off millions of women and families’ access to affordable preventive care by returning to the days when you could be discriminated against for pre-existing conditions and overturning the no-cost birth control benefit.
- Romney supports extreme and sweeping measures like a “personhood” amendment to define life at conception (which could ban common forms of birth control and in some cases, in vitro fertilization) or his belief that states should have the right to ban contraception. Romney once commented that the landmark case of Griswold v. Connecticut — which overruled the state’s right to ban contraception nearly 50 years ago — was wrong, proving just how dangerous he is on women’s health issues.
- “The actions I’ll take immediately are to remove funding for Planned Parenthood.” At the end of the day, it’s his own words and actions that count and Romney has made his position more than clear: protecting access to basic preventive care is not what he’s about and he must be held accountable, and must know that women are watching. When asked where he would tell the millions of women to go if he eliminated federal funding for Planned Parenthood, Romney said: “Well they can go wherever they’d like to go. This is a free society.” Seems to us, Romney’s saying women can go wherever they’d like as long as it’s not Planned Parenthood. What Romney fails to understand and what we’re seeing happen in states like Texas and Tennessee is that in certain places Planned Parenthood is the ONLY provider for women. Getting “rid of” Planned Parenthood which he seems so apt to do, is detrimental to the nearly three million patients who rely on their health centers for lifesaving cancer screenings, well-woman exams, and birth control.
More Quotes from Mitt Romney
"Absolutely." (Response when asked by Mike Huckabee whether he would support "life at conception" constitutional amendment like that of Mississippi.)
“I am pro-life and believe that abortion should be limited to only instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. 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)
"I have spoken with medical professionals to determine whether the drug contemplated under the bill would simply prevent conception or whether it would also terminate a living embryo after conception. Once it became clear that the latter was the case, my decision was straightforward.” Romney reversing himself on emergency contraception. (Boston Globe)
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