Will Mitt Romney Answer for His Anti-Choice Position?
We're only 41 days away from the election!
Don't forget to tune in to the first presidential debate next week on October 3.
Jim Lehrer, the debate moderator, has already announced the topics of the debate. He will ask President Obama and Mitt Romney about two topics we think are of the utmost importance to pro-choice voters: health care and whether the government should meddle with a woman's private medical decisions.
We are all too familiar with Romney's attempts to dodge or deny his own anti-choice statements, but pro-choice voters are not going to let him get away with that!
Here are some questions Mr. Romney needs to answer about his extreme anti-choice position, as well as the policies he would establish if elected:
- Gov. Romney, you have threatened on numerous occasions to repeal the health-care law. The law - which we too like to call Obamacare - helps women in so many ways . It means near-universal coverage of maternity and prenatal care for women, insurance coverage of contraception without a copay, and an end to allowing insurance companies to discriminate by charging women more than men. These are all provisions broadly supported by the American people. Why would you reinstate discrimination against women in the insurance market and drive up costs for women's health-care services?
- Gov. Romney, you have said that you'd eliminate the Title X family-planning program because it is "not absolutely essential." Title X is the nation's only dedicated family-planning program. Millions of Americans rely on it for birth control, cancer screenings, and other basic health care. How do you propose that these Americans get access to birth control, cancer screenings, and other basic health care they need once you've eliminated Title X?
- When it comes to women's freedom and privacy, politicians in your party, including your running mate, have supported policies that would put government in the examining room with women. For example, right now there is a bill in Congress that would force a woman to undergo an ultrasound before she can receive abortion care, even if her doctor doesn't recommend it and even if it is against the woman's will. Women deserve to know how you'd govern on these issues. As president, would you sign a forced-ultrasound bill?
We're not going to let Mitt Romney shy away from his anti-choice position. We're holding him accountable! And so will voters on November 6.
There's only one candidate we can trust with women's freedom and privacy, and that's pro-choice President Barack Obama.
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