This afternoon on a press conference call with reporters, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz highlighted the damaging movement to put “personhood” amendments on the ballot in several states and Mitt Romney’s endorsement of the policy. Romney, who as a candidate for office in Massachusetts vowed he would protect a woman’s right to choose, now favors an amendment that would ban abortions even in cases of rape, incest and life of the mother and ban many forms of birth control.
On the call, Wasserman Schultz called out Romney for his practice of adopting beliefs in exchange for support even when it comes to the most extreme attack on a woman’s right to choose in a generation. To American women, their reproductive health and choice is an intensely personal and private issue between themselves, their families and their doctors. To Mitt Romney, it’s just another issue to navigate around to score political points and win an election, she said:
“For the vast majority of Americans, including people on both sides of the abortion issue, this is an extreme and radical step. And it’s the latest example of just how out of touch the Republican Party has become. What Republicans should be concerned about is working with President Obama and Democrats across the country to help create jobs; not creating more ways to put women’s health at risk. We’re seeing support for this dangerous approach from top leaders in the Republican Party including Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney. The same Mitt Romney who—today the Washington Post reported—in 2002 while seeking pro-choice activist support for governor promised that in Massachusetts he would protect a woman’s right to choose. The same Mitt Romney who told these same women that he had national ambitions and that he would work to moderate the national Republican Party’s hardline anti-choice views. As we’ve seen far too often from Mitt Romney, he is using this issue like so many others: to score political points and win an election. It’s clear that depending on the audience he is talking to and the office he’s running for, Mitt Romney’s been for choice and then against it. And now Romney’s committed to overturning Roe v. Wade, and he supports such amendments that define a life as beginning at the moment of conception.”