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GOP2012: Republican debate, January 7th, 2012
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Reality: Romney Supports a Personhood Amendment

January 07, 2012 at 10:02 p.m. ET


Romney Said “Absolutely” He Would Have Supported An Amendment To The Massachusetts Constitution That Would Have Established Life At Conception. Huckabee: “Would you have supported the constitutional amendment that would have established the definition of life at conception?” Romney: “Absolutely.” [Huckabee, Fox, 10/1/11]

  • A Personhood Amendment, Like The One Proposed In Mississippi, Could Have An Impact On A Woman’s Ability To Get Various Forms Of Birth Control Including A Number Of Birth Control Pills And The Morning After Pill.  “Though the text of the amendment is simple, the implications if it passes couldn't be more complex. If approved by Mississippi voters on Tuesday, it would make it impossible to get an abortion and hamper the ability to get some forms of birth control. Because the amendment would define a fertilized egg as a person with full legal rights, it could have an impact on a woman's ability to get the morning-after pill or birth control pills that destroy fertilized eggs, and it could make in vitro fertilization treatments more difficult because it could become illegal to dispose of unused fertilized eggs.” [CNN, 11/4/11]
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