VIDEO – Mitt Romney was asked if, as president, he would sign a bill that completely banned abortion in the United States under all circumstances. Romney replied that he would “be delighted” to sign such a bill into law.
Mitt Romney has given many conflicting statements about his stance on abortion during the past six years he has been running for president. It is no wonder the public is generally confused about his stance on issues related to a woman’s right to control her own body.
The most forceful statement Romney has given on the issue was during a debate in 2007 when he was asked if he would sign a bill completely banning abortion in the United States.
ROMNEY: “I agree with Senator Thompson, which is, we should overturn Roe v. Wade and return these issues to the states. I would welcome a circumstance where there was such a consensus in this country that we said we don’t want to have abortion in this country, at all. Period. That would be wonderful. I’d be delighted.”
MODERATOR ANDERSON COOPER: “Would you sign that bill?”
ROMNEY: “Let me say it. I’d be delighted to sign that bill. But that’s not where we are. That’s not where America is today. Where America is, is ready to overturn Roe v. Wade and return to the states that authority. But if the Congress got there, we had that kind of consensus in [this] country, terrific.”
Romney’s statements in that debate clearly show where he is on a woman’s right to choose. He is clearly anti-choice, aligned with his party’s stance that given the chance, they would outlaw abortion in America – even in cases of rape and incest. In fact, the stance that abortion should be outlawed even in cases or rape and incest is enshrined in the official 2012 Republican platform.
Mitt Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, co-sponsored legislation with Missouri senatorial candidate, Todd Akin, that would redefine what rape is, in order to open the door to restrictions on abortions for rape victims.
In order to mask his true position on abortion, Romney has been trying to pretend he has a more moderate stance on the issue. This is clearly one of the ways he has tried to change himself in order to get elected by independents and moderates. But watching Romney in this video shows what he really would do if elected president. He said it himself, with much passion and conviction, that he would sign a bill that outlaws abortion completely.
Romney’s answer also shows what kind of Supreme Court justices he would appoint, if given the chance. Romney has shown time and time again that he is no friend to women’s rights. In the latest debate, he could not even answer the question about equal pay for women. Instead, he rambled on with an anecdote about how he hired some women once. But he would not come out in support of equal pay for equal work. Clearly, Mitt Romney is a CEO of the “old boys network” and does not believe women are equal to men in our society. He and the Republican party are not on the side of women’s rights. Ironically, the “party of small government” continually wants the government to control a woman’s body.