Flipper Romney is at it again. This time, he’s “pro-life” and siding with Susan G. Komen for the Cure in their political spat with Planned Parenthood. Romney also said he wants the government to cut off all funds to Planned Parenthood. HuffPost notes that this wasn’t exactly Flipper’s position ten years ago.
Romney has a long way to go to convince conservatives of his anti-abortion credentials. He emphasized in the interview on Monday that he is a “pro-life individual” and was a “pro-life governor.” Nevertheless, he sought Planned Parenthood’s endorsement during his 2002 gubernatorial campaign, attended a Planned Parenthood fundraiser, and answered in a Planned Parenthood questionnaire that he supported state-funded abortions.
It wasn’t exactly Flipper’s position back in 2005 either, when he was so pro-choice he pre-dated President Obama in demanding that insurance companies cover contraceptives.
Mitt Romney accused President Obama this week of ordering “religious organizations to violate their conscience,’’ referring to a White House decision that requires all health plans – even those covering employees at Catholic hospitals, charities, and colleges – to provide free birth control. But a review of Romney’s tenure as Massachusetts governor shows that he once took a similar step.
In December 2005, Romney required all Massachusetts hospitals, including Catholic ones, to provide emergency contraception to rape victims, even though some Catholics view the morning-after pill as a form of abortion.
Ever wonder how Romney justifies lying about pretty much every position he’s ever held in public life?
PS The title of this post, “If it’s Tuesday, it must be ‘pro-life’ Romney” is a reference to something that happened to me when I was working in the US Senate back in the late 80s, early 90s. I was in an elevator, and the door opened, someone got up, and it was taking a few seconds for the door to close again. All of a sudden, a certain well-known, boisterously ethnic northeastern Republican Senator hurried by with a few aides in tow. One of the aides said to the Senator, just before our door closed, “remember Senator, today you’re pro-choice.” I’ll never forget the moment. The other guy in the elevator and I just started howling. It’s the perfect encapsulation of what politics is for far too many people, including Mitt Romney.