Mitt Romney will say anything to win, even if it’s not true. After months of championing an extreme platform that drastically rolls back women’s rights, Romney is now dishonestly trying to hide his actual positions that will jeopardize women’s health. Here are the 10 things you need to know about where the real Romney stands on women’s health and women’s rights.
- Romney has said he’d be “delighted” to sign a federal bill banning all abortions.
- Romney backed a state-level bill to ban all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest.
- Romney is head of the Republican Party, whose platform seeks to ban abortion and did not include exceptions for rape or incest. The platform “was written at the direction of Romney’s campaign.”
- Romney has said he would have “absolutely” supported an amendment in Massachusetts, similar to extreme Personhood bills proposed in other states, that could have banned abortions and some forms of birth control.
- Romney promised to appoint Supreme Court justices who would “hopefully reverse Roe v. Wade,” viewing the ruling as “bad law and bad medicine” and “one of the darkest moments in Supreme Court history.”
- Romney pledged he’d be an anti-choice president, and will “of course” champion anti-choice legislation if elected.
- Romney claimed to be pro-choice in 1993 because poll data showed he had to be pro-choice to win his 1994 race for the Senate. As governor in 2005, he decided he was anti-choice.
- Romney pledged to defund Planned Parenthood and Title X family planning funding.
- Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan co-sponsored a bill that narrowed the definition of rape to “forcible rape.”
- Romney said “of course” he supports a bill that would allow any employer to deny women coverage for birth control.
Women don’t turn to politicians for advice about their health care, but Romney believes that politicians should be involved. This is Romney’s record, and he can’t run from it no matter how hard he tries. As his top surrogate Governor Chris Christie declared, Romney “is deeply committed” to his anti-choice agenda.