In light of the fact Colorado will most likely be one of the key states in the November election and in the shadow of Rep. Akin’s comments in Missouri, it is time to ask Gov. Romney where he stands on a woman’s right to make her own choices about her health, especially medical procedures she may someday be faced with.
We all know that Gov. Romney was strongly pro choice when he ran against Senator Edward Kennedy for the U.S. Senate in 1994 and remained so until at least sometime during the first decade of this century. In fact, when he was governor of Massachusetts he said:
Let me make this very clear: I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose.
But now, with the firestorm over Rep. Akin’s comments, Gov. Romney is shifting his position again. Even though he told Mike Huckabee last November he would “absolutely” have signed a bill defining life begins at conception and even though the draft of the Republican National Convention’s platform calls for a complete ban on abortion without exceptions for rape or incest, today he began running away from his previous position:
Earlier today, Romney’s campaign issued a statement saying the former Massachusetts governor and his running mate, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin,support abortion rights for rape victims.
This isn’t just philosophically inconsistent (which it is), but it reflects a less than thoughtful response to this issue and the storm initiated by Rep. Akin. Since Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan now support a woman’s right to have an abortion in a case of rape, why aren’t women fully competent to make that decision under any circumstances? Why are women incompetent to make this decision except when some outside force has imposed a pregnancy upon them? What is the distinction that makes abortion alright in the case of rape but not in any other circumstances? And what right do the two of you have to make that decision for any woman in Colorado or anywhere else?
It is time for Gov. Romney to give us a straight answer and if he won’t, can we trust him on any other issue?
Only he can clear this up with a straight answer. Colorado women deserve to know what he intends to use the office of the President for with regard to their health care. At the moment, under a Romney administration, it appears women could only abort a child if they are raped. Standing alone, his policy is ridiculous.
co-sponsor of Akins personhood bills.