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Romney's Abortion Flip-Flop

March 10, 2006

The reaction to the draconian new restrictions on women's reproductive rights in South Dakota tells us a lot about the coming contest for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination. Virginia Senator George Allen wholeheartedly endorsed South Dakota's direct challenge to Roe. In his run to the right, John McCain tried to have it both ways. Most predictable, Mitt Romney confirmed the 2005 assessment of his advisor Michael Murphy that "he's been a pro-life Mormon faking it as a pro-choice friendly."
Last week, spokesperson Julie Teer laid out Romney's position of the South Dakota abortion ban, "If Gov. Romney were the governor of South Dakota he would sign it. The governor believes that states should have the right to be pro-life if that is the will of the people."
Of course, that's not what Romney has been telling the voters of Massachusetts since 1994. In his failed '94 Senate race against Ted Kennedy, the Mormon and presumptively pro-life Romney declared that abortion should be "safe and legal in this country."
Romney's abortion fraud became essential to his successful 2002 gubernatorial run. Romney, a Mormon who had only recently moved back to Massachusetts from a stint running the Winter Olympics in Utah, defused the issue in the pro-choice Commonwealth by proclaiming "I believe women should have the right to make their own choice." His tack then was to avoid changing the status quo:

"I promised that if elected, I'd call a truce - a moratorium, if you will...I vowed to veto any legislation that sought to change the existing rules...I fully respect and will fully protect a woman's right to choose."

On abortion and reproductive rights, Romney now claims that he has "evolved" and that "my political philosophy is pro-life."
Of course it is. The 2008 Republican presidential primaries are less than two years away.

10 comments on “Romney's Abortion Flip-Flop”

  1. How can anybody take this guy seriously?! If the Repugs nominate this guy the Democrats will have a flip flop field day.

  2. Obviously this guy is a bozo regardless of his party affiliation. Since his opinions are sectarian rather than secular, he should've been discounted years ago. I guess he just did a really good job of faking at being a bastion of political truth.

  3. Typical left wing radical moonbat response to everything. Interesting that the party of "can't we all get along" constantly refers to Romney as a Mormon as if it was a stigma. Fat Boy Kennedy is a Catholic and the Catholic Church is the largest organized crime family in the world yet no one seems disturbed at that fact. Besides, Romney has never been involved in the death of an "intern" unlike some Senators from MA. Does the name Foster ring a bell.....?

  4. Like the proverb says; "My gun has killed less people than Ted Kennedy."
    Anyway, on to Romney....he's not very likable, and he's obviously lying to the people in the attempt to get his views on abortion swept under the table. I proudly and adamantly, support Duncan hunter.

  5. Because I live in Utah, which is essentially the Morman capitol, I see first hand that many Mormons are quite deceptive. They learn early on, during their "mission work" how to fuse thoughts and words together cleverly in order to try to convert people to Mormonisn, but, it is very difficult to get a simple , plain truth answer from them regarding the facts about their religion . . . So, it does not surprize me that Mitt Romney is very shrewd at deception.

  6. Beware of Mitt! He is the most nakedly ambitious human out there. I watched him here in Mass. God forbid if this wretch is elected. But then we elected Nixon and G.W. twice.

  7. He was obviously trying to get swing voters and moderates. I can't believe anyone would take a candidate seriously who runs on one set of values and promises and changes them once he gets into office. Its despicable. He's manipulative and untrustworthy.


Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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