Mitt Romney may have “binders full of women,” but they still aren’t messing with him or his clique!
When the GOP nominee ran for Governor of Massachusetts, he pledged to protect a woman’s right to choose. He shot down speculation that he was against abortion, and even went as far as to relay a personal story about how his family member suffered from the detriment of an illegal abortion. He also promised not to change the current abortion laws in the left-leaning state.
But then his "Romensia" set in. After he became Governor, Romney became a stark pro-life advocate and has carried a pro-life agenda into his current run for the presidency. If elected into office, the Republican candidate vows to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides reproductive health services, including cancer screening, HIV screening and counseling, contraception, and abortion for women. He has also pledged to overturn Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court case which allows women to receive safe and legal abortions. Without the protection of Roe v. Wade, abortion rights will be left in the hands of state governments, which predominantly consist of white men. Most women agree that they would prefer to make choices about their bodies, rather than leave that decision to male politicians.
But not only is he the only Republican attacking women’s rights to choose and threatening their healthcare. Oh no. So are his GOP boys! Here’s the 411 on the less than women-friendly members of Romney’s clique.
Let’s start with Richard Mourdock, since he’s made big news this week. In 2006, he was elected as the Indiana State Treasurer and is currently running for the Senate. He is the only Senate candidate that Romney has endorsed in an ad, which was released the day after Mourdock called rape pregnancies a “gift” that "God intended” during a debate against Democrat Joe Donnell.
When Mourdock was asked if abortions should be permitted in cases or rape or incest, here’s what he said:
"I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen," said Mourdock.
The next day he doubled down on his rape comments stating, “I spoke from my house” and “cannot apologize” for the controversial statement.
This comment was so disturbing for obvious reasons. For one, one person’s moral compass or religious beliefs should not be imposed on others. And two, how dare law makers think they have the moral authority to tell a woman what to do with her own body after surviving a horrific and brutalizing rape attack?
Yet still, Romney continues to stand behind his man Mourdock. In a press release, his spokeswoman stated:
“Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock, and Mr. Mourdock’s comments do not reflect Gov. Romney’s views. We disagree on the policy regarding exceptions for rape and incest but still support him.”
But this should come as no surprise. On his website, Mourdock states that he is:
Unapologetically pro-life and will work to stop federal funding for abortion. He believes that Roe v. Wade represents a serious misreading of the original intent of those who established our Constitution.
Next we have Paul Ryan, the conservative Wisconsin Congressman that Romney chose to be his running mate. Ryan is a longtime opponent of women’s rights and an extreme pro-life candidate that describes rape as a “method of conception.” He co-sponsored two anti-abortion bills with Todd Akin, the infamous politician who coined “legitimate rape” and said that women can’t get pregnant from rape. One of the bills would stop the government from funding abortions in the case of rape and incest and redefines rape as “forcible rape.” The other bill defines the start of life at the egg fertilization and would criminalize some forms of birth control and in vitro fertilization.
Lastly, the radical Republican expressed an interested in criminally prosecuting women who have abortions. According to the Journal Sentinel, he “would let states decide what criminal penalties would be attached to abortions.” Although Ryan said he has never specifically advocated jailing women who have abortions or doctors who perform them, he added, "If it’s illegal, it’s illegal.”
And lastly, Mitt Romney enthusiastically endorsed Rep. Steve King, a conservative GOP incumbent running for Congress. "I'm looking here at Steve King," Romney said, according to BuzzFeed. "He needs to be your Congressman again. I want him as my partner in Washington!"
However, earlier this year, King actually came to Todd Akin’s defense after he made the “legitimate rape” comment claiming, "Well I just haven't heard of that being a circumstance that's been brought to me in any personal way, and I'd be open to discussion about that subject matter," King said.
Birds of a feather definitely flock together!