Oh, Mitt. If people thought you flip flopped before, what are they going to say now that your 2002 Massachusetts Planned Parenthood candidate endorsement questionnaire has surfaced?
Yes, despite telling Republican primary voters that he’s actively pro-life, that he believes that life begins at conception, that he feels there should be a federal ban on abortion, and that he even supported the “personhood” movement, it’s going to awfully difficult for the social conservatives to believe him once they read:
Do you support the substance of the Supreme Court decision in Roe V Wade? Yes
Do you support state funding of abortion services through Medicaid for low-income women? Yes
Do you support efforts to increase access to emergency contraception? Yes
Still, I suppose Romney could simply say that his position has evolved in the last decade. After all, his position on reproductive rights seems to evolve day to day. Just last week, Romney stated that he supported a constitutional amendment saying life began at conception.
Today, he’s saying that all abortion policies should be decided by the states. Via Politico, according to his spokeswoman, Romney supports “‘a Human Life Amendment that overturns Roe vs. Wade and sends the issue back to the states’” — which sounds like something short of a federal abortion ban. ‘Mitt Romney is pro-life, and as he has said previously, he is supportive of efforts to ensure recognition that life begins at conception. He believes these matters should be left up to states to decide.’”
But what else can you expect from a candidate who is now vowing to defund the very group he tried to get an endorsement from 10 years earlier?
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