The Miseducation Of Mitt

“Many, many years ago, I had a dear, close family relative that was very close to me, that passed away from an illegal abortion. It is since that time my mother and my family have been committed to the belief that we can believe as we want, but we will not force our beliefs on others on that matter, and you will not see me wavering on that…I hadn’t thought much about” abortion, but that the young woman’s death “obviously makes one see that regardless of one’s beliefs about choice, that you would hope it would be safe and legal.”

Which GOP candidate said these words? I suppose it could have been double-divorced Guiliani, for he’s a pro-choice guy, but no, guess again. McCain? Are you kidding me? That straight-talking son of a bitch supports the death penalty but he’s pro-life to the core! Maybe it’s Fred Thompson, the latest Hollywood actor to star for the GOP (they sure do love those California movie stars)? No, this twice-married Republican hopeful may be pro-choice as well, but those aren’t his words.

OK, I give up. Who could it be? Yep, it’s beloved Mormon Mitt Romney who spoke with such reason and sanity regarding abortion rights, all the way back in…1994. It’s interesting to take what he said then and compare it to his now flip-flopped views on choice–he is against it, of course–and realize what that means about his “dear, close family relative.” Romney knew someone who died from an illegal abortion (his sister-in-law), and despite his “beliefs” on the matter (then), he (now) thinks abortion should be illegal again. It’s as if he once learned from personal experience and then suddenly, for political expediency, he unlearned it.

Simply put, this is what it means for anyone who is against a woman’s right to choose, to paraphrase Mr. Romney:

The young woman’s death, obviously makes one see that regardless of one’s beliefs about choice, that you would hope it would NOT be safe and legal. But we WILL force our beliefs on others on that matter.

“Pro-life” Romney also supports the death penalty, by the way.

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