Open Letter to Mitt Romney on Reproductive Rights


October 10, 2012

Open Letter to former Governor Willard Mitt Romney:

Today, when asked if you would pursue any legislation on women’s issues, you stated in an interview with the Des Moines Register:

“There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.”

This statement is in direct opposition to your more recent statements in this campaign for the Presidency where you make clear:

  • You will get rid of Planned Parenthood
  • You will appoint only Supreme Court Justices who will overturn Roe v Wade
  • You agree with the Personhood Amendment
  • You agree with Rush Limbaugh’s stance against Sandra Fluke on contraception (saying only that you would have stated it differently).

Your campaign, within two hours of your statement, walked back that statement:

Spokeswoman Andrea Saul told the National Review Online’s Katrina Trinko that Romney “would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life.”

This gives us an even greater need for clarification.

You were also asked whether insurers should be required to cover birth control.

“Well it’s a question as to, should you get a car painted, you know, red or blue. I mean you can decide which you’d like. People who want to have contraceptive health insurance can choose that in their policy. Those that don’t have — that choose not to can buy a policy with or without. It depends on the kind of policy you buy of course.”

The question was not whether women should have their choice of insurance plans. The question was whether you agree with the contraception mandate, which requires most employers and insurers to offer health plans that cover birth control at no cost to women.

The Presidency is one of three parts of our government. While you may not push for legislation, women of America want to know if you would have signed or vetoed the 55 bills* with anti-women language included, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives since January, 2011:

  • Votes that cut women’s access to preventive care including contraception
  • Votes to roll back abortion rights or access to legal abortions including:
    • Blocking funding for abortions in the case of rape, incest or the life of the mother
    • Prohibiting private insurance companies from offering abortion coverage as part of a health plan
    • Overturning requirements that hospitals provide emergency abortions to women whose lives are in danger or immediately transfer them to hospitals that will
    • Rejecting an amendment to ensure the privacy of the medical records of women seeking an abortion that resulted from rape or incest
    • Banning the District of Columbia from using local funds to pay for abortions
    • Voting to prohibit funding for medical residency training to perform abortions in a safe fashion
    • Voting to require doctors to determine a woman’s motivation for terminating a pregnancy

Women need to know if the GOP keeps the House or takes the Senate and you win the Presidency, how you will stand on the bills brought to you in support of the approved 2012 GOP Platform**:

  • Support a human life amendment to the Constitution, giving potential persons full citizenship rights which define fertilized eggs as human beings, criminalizing some forms of birth control and in vitro fertilization.
  • Only support the appointment of judges who are opposed to Roe v. Wade
  • Permanently ban all federal funding and subsidies for healthcare plans that include abortion coverage
  • Oppose RU-486 and any similar medication
  • No healthcare professional or organization required to provide or withhold or refer medical service against their conscience

Paul Ryan would become President if anything unfortunate were to happen to you. We have serious concerns regarding his extreme positions on women’s rights, which match the GOP Platform and his co-sponsorship of HR-3 that, in addition to limiting access to abortion rights, introduced the concept of “legitimate” rape.

You are asking women to vote for you and Paul Ryan for the Presidency and Vice-Presidency of the United States. In order to make an informed decision, we ask that you and Paul Ryan clearly state both of your positions on all of the above issues in writing prior to the next Presidential debate on October 16th.


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Danine Spencer

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