"I don't believe employers should tell someone whether they could have contraceptive care or not. Every woman in America should have access to contraceptives."
If your mouth dropped open upon hearing Romney utter this statement during last night's presidential debate, you're not alone. Anyone who has followed this campaign over the past couple of months knows that Governor Romney has made it abundantly clear just how comfortable he is having politicians decide the health care choices that women are making.
Romney can claim he supports contraceptive access until he's blue in the face, but he can't run from his record. Back in March, Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri introduced a bill that would allow employers to deny contraceptive coverage to employees. Mitt Romney said:
"Of course I support the Blunt amendment.... Of course Roy Blunt, who is my liaison to the Senate, is someone I support and of course I support that amendment. I clearly want to have religious exemption from Obamacare.... I really think all Americans should be allowed to get around this religious exemption."
At a meeting of the National Rifle Association back in April, Romney again reiterated his position on Obamacare's contraception mandate, saying, "As president, I will abolish it."
Romney/Ryan have openly said they would do away with the contraception mandate on "day one."
President Obama says that would be a mistake (we whole heartedly agree).
However, apparently lying to our faces on primetime television about his stance on women's reproductive rights wasn't quite enough for Mitt Romney. Today his campaign launched a new ad that says Romney supports abortion and birth control rights. (Why you shouldn't believe the ad claims).
Women's issues have topped the charts and will continue to remain an important part of this Presidential race. It's no wonder women's issues were the topic trending topic on Twitter last night.
More of Mitt's extreme positions that are dangerous for women and families:
- Romney would defund Planned Parenthood, which millions of women rely on for health services like contraception and breast and cervical cancer screenings.
- Take away a woman's right to choose and appoint Supreme Court justices to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
- Return us to the time when being a woman was a pre-existing condition. Romney supports repealing Obamacare - which means going back to the days when insurance companies could charge women more simply for being...women.
In conclusion: If you vote for Mitt Romney, you are voting to end women's reproductive rights.
Make the right choice.