Diary

Romney is not Pro-Life

I am not sure how any pro-life person could vote for Mitt Romney for President. While these days he is pretending to be a conservative candidate his record and words speak for themselves.

Here is what Mitt Romney said in 2002 while running for Governor:

But what he said was not exactly true to his position. He didn’t keep the laws the same- he made them even more pro-abortion. Included as a part of Romneycare was $50 taxpayer subsidized abortions. According to the National Catholic Reporter:

The Massachusetts health care reform established a government funded program, Commonwealth Care, that includes coverage of abortion. Commonwealth Care was made available for free to everyone in the Bay State who was below the poverty line and subsidized participation was made available to those above the poverty line.

Additionally, the Massachusetts health care reform law requires that one of the members on a newly created “MassHealth payment policy advisory board” be appointed by Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts. The relevant section of the law reads: “SECTION 3. Chapter 6A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 16I the following 6 sections: . . . Section 16M. (a) There shall be a MassHealth payment policy advisory board. The board shall consist of the secretary of health and human services or his designee, who shall serve as chair, the commissioner of health care financing and policy, and 12 other members: … 1 member appointed by Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts …”

The State website even lists abortion services in plain language on the Romneycare website.

According to Pro-Life Profiles:

As George W. Bush assistant Mary Matalin stated on Deace in the Morning on Des Moines’s WHO 1040 AM, “In Mitt Romney’s health care plan that he is applauding you can get an abortion for $50.”

According to Renaissance Women:

Mitt Romney signed in to law $50.00 taxpayer subsidized co-pay abortions as a part of a healthcare benefit under his signature accomplishment, Romneycare. Thus, if you are against abortion and you are in the state of Massachusetts, you are funding it because there are no exceptions.

Lets also take a look at Mitt Romney’s own words on the issue:

“Romney supports a federal health care plan option that includes abortion services, would vote for a law codifying the 1972 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion and backs federal funding for abortions as long as states can decide if they want the money, [a spokesman] said.” (Ed Hayward, “Anti-Abortion Group Endorses Romney Bid,” Boston Herald, 9/8/94)

“When I Am Asked If Am I Pro-Choice Or Pro-Life, I Say I Refuse To Accept Either Label.” (Glen Warchol, “This Is The Place, But Politics May Lead Romneys Elsewhere,” The Salt Lake Tribune, 2/14/99)

“[Massachusetts Citizens for Life] considers Romney to be an abortion-rights supporter, as do national antiabortion groups such as the Family Research Council. … [Romney aide Eric] Fehrnstrom said the governor’s position has not changed on either sex education or abortion.” (Scott S. Greenberger, “Roe V. Wade Omitted From Proclamation,” The Boston Globe, 3/25/05)

Even since his supposed “pro-life” conversion Romney signed legislation making it easier to get them.

In 2005 Governor Romney “issued an executive order on December 8, 2005, against the legal opinion of his own State Department of Public Health, instructing all Catholic hospitals and others to provide chemical abortifacient Plan B to rape victims.

And after passage of Romneycare he even went as far to mandate that Catholic Hospitals administer abortions for rape victims.