Mitt Romney’s Reasoning

Here is a post on the National Review by Mitt Romney himself regarding his refusal to sign the Susan B. Anthony List’s Pro-Life Presidential Pledge circulated among GOP Presidential Candidates.  His reasoning is simple: Romney believes that “abortion should be limited to only instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother,” which this pledge does not leave room for.  However, he also believes that federal funding should be stripped from organizations such as Planned Parenthood, “which primarily performs abortions or offers abortion-related services.”

First of all, to the GOP Presidential Candidates that signed on to this pledge: how can you be pro-life and not believe that the life of the mother is equally valuable?  Furthermore, why is quality of life not important?  Surely you cannot believe that the eleven year old girl who is raped by her father and is forced to give birth to the child that is conceived is going to have the same quality of life as a child born to two consenting adults.  Apparently if you are riding the Susan B. Anthony List bandwagon, you either believe this or do not believe that quality of life has a role in this argument.

Second, hasn’t this misconception about organizations like Planned Parenthood been resolved?  Did you miss the infamous Jon Kyl (AZ) incident in which he reported on the Senate floor that “well over” 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does is perform abortions?  The real number is about 3%.  First grade math will tell us that this leaves 97% of other services that Planned Parenthood offers that have nothing to do with abortions.  Glad we cleared that up.

Third, why is this even an argument?  Women should be able to choose what they do with their bodies.  Women are competent enough to make decisions for themselves regarding their bodies.  Trust me, women are not using abortion as birth control.  There are not mad women running around getting pregnant just so they can get an abortion.  Those that have to make the decision are doing so after giving great thought to the circumstances surrounding their pregnancy.  If you haven’t already, check out Representative Jackie Speier’s (CA) testimony on the House floor regarding her personal experience with making the very difficult decision regarding abortion.

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