"I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time when my Mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a U.S. Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years that we should sustain and support it, and I sustain and support that law and the right of a woman to make that choice."
-Mitt Romney in a 1994 Senatorial debate
"I respect and will fully protect a woman’s right to choose. That choice is a deeply personal one, and the women of our state should make it based on their beliefs, not mine and not the government’s."
-Mitt Romney in a 2002 GOP acceptance speech
"I’ve never called myself pro-choice."
-Mitt Romney in a 2006 Redstate interview
In his latest interview with RedState, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney responds to a question about his abortion position by saying that he’s never adopted the label "pro-choice."
That’s all well and good. Mitt Romney wants to be called pro-life. I’d like to be the King of all Londinium and wear a shiny hat.
But let’s not kid ourselves: there is no substantive difference between the position labeled "pro-choice," declaring your support for "the right to choose." And that is something that Mitt Romney has done repeatedly over the course of his political career. To say otherwise is to tell a lie.
Mitt Romney tries to justify his position in the interview by stating that he’s always been personally opposed to abortion, but did not want to impose his personal views on the populace. Even if that’s true, consider this: by Mitt Romney’s definition, Ted Kennedy isn’t pro-choice either.
What is more likely – that Mitt Romney, supporter of Roe v. Wade, longtime believer in a "woman’s right to choose," a man who is described by Massachusetts pro-life activists as having "no relationship" with their community – suddenly realizes that embryonic life matters in a meeting within the past four years, mere months after stating otherwise, and that the position he has held publicly for his entire political career was in error?
Or that, realizing that as a national candidate, his views would place him on the fringes of the Republican base and his natural religious base, he undertakes small steps to assuage concerns in a politically calculated flipflop?
Ho hum, we have heard it all before. Personally opposed yada yada yada. It is only a relief that Romney is Mormon and not Catholic. Mormons have no official stand on abortion or the morning after pill, though they do have one on caffeine. We have seen plenty of Democrats placing distance between their previous pro-life views and now we are seeing the opposite happen within the GOP.
My estimation of Mitt Romney just dropped to the floor.
Mormons have a stance on caffeine? Over the past four years, I have only met two Mormons who abstained from drinking the stuff. Many Mormons seem to be under the impression that hot caffeinated drinks are bad but other drinks like Mountain Dew and Redbull are fine.
The most devout Mormon I have met admitted to contracepting. Granted, he had about four kids and said his wife’s health was the issue. But when I asked him about abstinence (the lie of birth control is that you still have a great risk of conceiving), he just said he had a special prayer that he used to get an exemption from God.
So maybe Romney said the same prayer and the opposite happened to him and God gave him some holy smack-down.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all about redemption (I could use a heaping helping of the stuff right now) but Mitt is going to have forgive me if I am less than trusting. I mean, it is a HOLOCAUST for crying out loud. With 6-7,000 people mercilessly killed everyday for 30 years, we are waaaay beyond “put-up or shut-up” here.
If he has had some kind of conversion, then I need to see some Jimmy Baker-style tears of shame, garment-rending, and sincere groveling for squandering all these years of office as usher for the ovens of the abortion industry. Only then will I even consider casting my vote for him in ’08.
The GOP has been turning away from pro-lifers more and more. It’s become a throwaway issue to be sacrificed for even the faintest hope of gaining support for the Iraq war.