Romney Code to Pro-Choicers: You Have Nothing to Fear From Me

“There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.” 

I know the Romney apologists out there are going to take me to task for saying this, but I interpret this comment as the Governor, playing both sides again. “No new legislation” sounds like a sop to get the votes of the on-the-fence pro-choice Republicans.

Yes. There are pro-choice Republicans. The wealthier areas of Oklahoma City vote heavily Republican, but when you talk to them one-on-one, they are, as a group, strongly pro choice. I know because I have campaigned those areas in depth, going from voter to voter and listening to what they have to say. They are pro choice.

This parallels the less affluent areas which are pro life but vote Democratic. Both areas are voting economics, not life issues.

To get back to the discussion at hand, I think Governor Romney is saying in a not-so-coded way that he will reinstate the Mexico City policy but do nothing else about pro-life issues.

Do you understand what that means? It means more of what we’ve been getting for the past 40 years.

I am not arguing that President Obama is the most pro abortion president in history. That’s obvious. What I AM saying is that Governor Romney is not going to do anything at all about pro life issues unless we MAKE him, and once he’s elected, making him is going to be tough. I think both candidates are pro choice. It’s a matter of degree.

Mark Shea says that the Republican Party treats pro life people the way that a batterer treats a battered wife. He’s right. There is a HUGE difference between the way the Republicans treat us and the way that the Democrats treat Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion lobbies. Huge.

Whoever wins this election, we are in for a fight. That’s what I’m trying to get across. The article I’m referring to begins below.

Ok now. Lay into me.

Romney promises no abortion legislation
By STEVE PEOPLES | Associated Press – 56 mins ago

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Wading into an explosive social issue, Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday said he would not pursue any abortion-related legislation if elected president.
“There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda,” he told the Des Moines Register in an interview posted on the newspaper’s website.
The former Massachusetts governor said he would instead use an executive order to reinstate the so-called Mexico City policy that bans American aid from funding abortions. President Barack Obama waived the order soon after taking office.
Still unclear is what Romney would do if a Republican-controlled Congress passed abortion legislation and presented it to him to sign into law.

The Romney campaign sought to walk back the comments soon after they were posted on the Register’s website. “Gov. Romney would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life,” spokeswoman Andrea Saul said, declining to elaborate. (Read more here.)

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