Mitt Romney: For Jailing Abortion Providers? Or Not?


Tim Pawlenty told reporters (or at least, had his spokesman tell reporters) that he believes abortion providers should be jailed.

Mitt Romney isn’t quite as clear.

Via Think Progress:

When he first campaigned for governor of Massachusetts in 2002, Romney promised to “preserve and protect” a woman’s right to choose. That position quickly melted away under the heat of right-wing scrutiny and now, in seeking to garner the religious right vote, Romney is trying to re-brand himself as an anti-choice candidate.

Of course, when a right-wing principle is so new, it’s hard to remember where the right-wing actually stands. Today at a town hall meeting at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester, NH, ThinkProgress’s Brad Johnson asked Romney whether, given his anti-abortion stance, there should be criminal sanctions on doctors or women if abortion should become illegal. Romney shut down the question as irrelevant, stating “I don’t think any political person has talked about criminal sanctions.”

But Mitt, Tim is talking about it.  When are you going to make up your mind on how long doctors should be jailed?  I’m sure it will be a question at the first GOP debate?

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