“Mitt Romney is proudly pro-life, and he will be a pro-life president.” – Andrea Saul, Romney press secretary
THIS IS a thing of beauty. It also has a ring of truth to it. He’d reinstate the so-called Mexico City Policy, but isn’t interested in pushing abortion from the White House. But you can bet he’d support and sign all legislation limiting a woman’s self-determination.
Do I really need to explain the types of judges Mitt Romney would appoint to the Supreme Court, with his conservatism going well beyond women’s rights?
However, it was the remaining item Mitt Romney needed to address, what I wrote before the first debate he needed to do to further send a message to women.
From an interview in Iowa:
Mitt Romney today said no abortion legislation is part of his agenda, but he would prohibit federally-funded international nonprofits from providing abortions in other countries.
“There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda,” the GOP presidential candidate told The Des Moines Register’s editorial board during a meeting today before his campaign rally at a Van Meter farm.
But by executive order, not by legislation, he would reinstate the so-called Mexico City policy that bans U.S. foreign aid dollars from being used to do abortions, he said.
A president Romney would follow congressional lead on women’s rights, supporting all efforts to limit a woman’s independence and financial parity, which Republicans have voted against, including the Lily Ledbetter Act.
The right will be silent for now. They know Barack Obama supports women’s self-determination, so they will have no sway with him. The back-channel phone calls no doubt confirm Romney’s commitments.
This doesn’t change a sobering reality as the election nears for Team Obama. Women who aren’t ultra conservative don’t vote on one issue. The right to an abortion is seen by the majority of women as available and not under threat.
Economics will continue to play the major role in women’s votes. It’s a new era where women are the CEO’s of their own life, as well as their families finances. The bottom line rules for most.
It’s one reason Romney has narrowed the gap with Obama.
Of course, why women think Mitt Romney has their financial needs in mind is still a puzzlement. He’s given absolutely no indication that he would support equal pay through legislation, being very soft on what he would have done on the Lily Ledbetter Act himself.
President Obama missed a chance in the first debate to corner Mitt Romney on women’s issues. He let Romney slip through his fingers, so it remains unknown whether Obama will get another chance to corner him on what he would do for women to make us freer and support our independence, which begins with keeping the federal and state governments out of our personal decisions.