When Romney did make his position abundantly clear apparently a lot of people didn't believe him, even [highlight=#ffff00]when his actions matched his words[/highlight]. It's not like all Democrats started out pro-choice (Kennedy) or pro-civil rights (Johnson), yet they went on and did great things.
The problem with people believing Romney when he “attempts” to make his position clear on abortion is that he keeps flip-flopping what he says so how can anyone believe him regardless of his actions. His positions on abortion have regressed, not progressed.
[/break1]politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/mar/22/american-bridge-21st-century/pac-ad-sketches-romney-abortion-flip-flopper/]http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter ... p-flopper/
For one, in a debate later in the 1994 race against Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy, Romney said, "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country." And, [highlight=#ffff80]"I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years, it should be sustained and supported. And I sustain and support that law and support the right of a woman to make that choice."[/highlight]
For another, in his 2002 campaign for governor, Romney said during a debate, [highlight=#ffff80]"I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose and am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard."[/highlight]
Then he flips backwards
It’s well-documented that Romney’s past and present positions on abortion differ from each other. In a June 18, 2011, op-ed in the conservative National Review Romney laid out his views:
[highlight=#ffff80]"I am pro-life and believe that abortion should be limited to only instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. I support the reversal of Roe v. Wade, because it is bad law and bad medicine.[/highlight] Roe was a misguided ruling that was a result of a small group of activist federal judges legislating from the bench. I support the Hyde Amendment, which broadly bars the use of federal funds for abortions. [highlight=#ffff80]And as president, I will support efforts to prohibit federal funding for any organization like Planned Parenthood, which primarily performs abortions or offers abortion-related services."[/highlight]
Supporting over turning R v W and prohibiting federal funding to PP proves he does not support a woman’s right to choose. He clearly says that he now supports abortion only in the case of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. That is a direct contradiction to what he said before. He's just pandering, he will say what ever works for the moment. He's a coward with no balls to say whatever he really thinks.
The biggest thing that irks me about this whole thing are the numbers of hypocritical republican women who claim to be pro-life that have had abortions when the need arose and thankful they had the choice at the time. And yes, I know a few of those too. And how many of these hardcore pro-life crusty old repubs have had to take cute young pregnant staffers to have one I wonder?
Being pro-choice is just that, you can choose to do what you need to do and to follow your own conscience. “Most” pro-lifers are IMO just a bunch of holier-than-thou hypocrites. No one is going to force them to abort a pregnancy if they don’t want to, but they sure as hell want to stop anyone else from having one.
Sorry hitch, not ranting at you :hug: but this shit just pisses me off.