Mitt Romney: "I'm not for the bill."
Mitt Romney spokesperson: "Gov. Romney supports the Blunt bill because he believes in a conscience exemption in health care for religious institutions and people of faith."
Two things are notable here. First, this is one of the fastest flip-flops we've seen from notorious flip-flopper Mitt Romney. But more important, Romney's campaign has just gone on the record saying that their candidate supports one of the most controversial, extreme, damaging-to-women's-health pieces of legislation we've seen in generations.
The Blunt-Rubio amendment, sponsored by Republican senators Roy Blunt of Missouri and Marco Rubio of Florida, would place the decision over access to free contraception in the hands of a woman's employer. If you work for someone who objects to birth control on religious grounds—and this applies to ANY employer, not just religious organizations—then under this amendment, you should be prepared to pay for it.
Make no mistake: This is an attack on women's health. Doctors prescribe contraception for many reasons, including preventive care. Continued use of birth control reduces the risk of some cancers, serious infections, and cysts. Medical research has confirmed contraception's benefits, but its cost often prevents women from using it—particularly those between 18 and 34.
And today, Romney, after a quick flip-flop, has officially joined the GOP's latest attack against women's health.