It seems as though not everyone in Mitt Romney’s family agrees with his politics, and he’s not too worried about it either.
According to TMZ, documents show that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney help fund the birth of his son’s twins from a surrogate mother–but the contract that his son Tagg Romney signed, permitted the surrogate mother to have an abortion in non-life threatening circumstances.
Since running for president, Romney has stood on the Republican platform that only supports abortion in the case of rape or incest. But, he might believe in a different set of rules when it comes to his own family.
The twin boys -- David Mitt and William Ryder — were born on May 4, 2012. We’ve learned Tagg and his wife Jen, along with the surrogate and her husband, signed a Gestational Carrier Agreement dated July 28, 2011. Paragraph 13 of the agreement reads as follows:
“If in the opinion of the treating physician or her independent obstetrician there is potential physical harm to the surrogate, the decision to abort or not abort is to be made by the surrogate.”
Translation: Tagg and Jen gave the surrogate the right to abort the fetuses even if her life wasn’t in danger. All the surrogate has to show is “potential physical harm,” which could be something like preeclampsia — a type of high blood pressure that could damage the mother’s liver, kidney or brain, but is not necessarily life-threatening.
The contract also gave Tagg and his wife Jen the right to abort the fetuses if there were signs that they would not be healthy. However, when Tagg and Jen had a child through the same surrogate mother in 2009, the provision to allow an abortion was not included in the contract that they signed.
It’s one thing to flip-flop on your political views over the years, but this example of Mitt Romney’s hypocrisy is just appalling.