Pro-Romney PAC Attacks Gingrich On Abortion

Frontrunner Mitt Romney has been taking a lot of criticism from challengers for his evolving positions on abortion since he began running for the Republican presidential nomination.


 But now a pro-Romney PAC in Florida is trying to turn the tables on former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, bringing his”abortion-supporting” past to the forefront, too.


Via The Miami Herald:

It’s a two-man Republican presidential race in Florida, if the mail from the pro-Mitt Romney Restore Our Future PAC is any indication. It’s dropping two mail pieces on Florida Republicans that savage former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for, well, you name it.

“A conservative would not give 60 million taxpayer dollars a year to the United Nations Population Fund, which supports China’s brutal one-child policy,” says one mail piece.

The accusation is eerily reminiscent of that of Iowa Pro-Life Action, which was pushing the same meme prior to the Iowa caucus.

But Gingrich, meanwhile, is still attacking Romney on abortion rights in South Carolina. The Washington Post reports:

Whatever Gingrich wants to call it, this is a negative ad.

 What happened after Massachusetts moderate Mitt Romney changed his position from pro-abortion to pro-life?” a female narrator asks as a picture of an unhappy-looking Romney fills the screen and spooky music plays. “He governed pro-abortion.”

She continues: “Romney appointed a pro-abortion judge, expanded access to abortion pills, put Planned Parenthood on a state medical board but failed to put a pro-life group on the same board. And Romney signed government-mandated health care with taxpayer-funded abortions. Massachusetts moderate Mitt Romney: He can’t be trusted.”

Gingrich has admitted that without a win in South Carolina, he will likely consider ending his campaign, making the Florida attacks from Romney’s PAC somewhat useless in the long run.

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    Gingrich’s ‘Baloney’-filled Attacks on Romney

    A new ad and Web video make misleading claims about the GOP front-runner.
    Posted on January 11, 2012


    Newt Gingrich is out with two new attacks on Mitt Romney: an ad airing in South Carolina that tries to brand Romney as a “pro-abortion” governor, and a nearly three-minute Web video that gauges Romney statements on a “Baloney-O-Meter.” We found a bit of baloney in both.

    • The ad airing in South Carolina misleadingly says that Romney “expanded access to abortion pills.” The law in question concerned emergency contraception, or “the morning-after pill” (now available over the counter), not the controversial RU-486, known as “the abortion pill.”
    • The ad also says Romney “put Planned Parenthood on a state medical board but failed to put a pro-life group on the same board.” The Web video makes an even more sweeping claim that Romney “gave Planned Parenthood power over Massachusetts healthcare.” But the president of a right-to-life affiliate told us that the board had nothing to do with abortion and was a “minor” issue. “This isn’t something that we would choose to even bring up,” she said.
    • It makes the misleading claim that the Massachusetts health care law called for “taxpayer-funded abortions.” But the law said nothing about abortion. It was the state exchange that later said abortions would be covered by subsidized plans, following state Supreme Court rulings on what is required of Medicaid coverage.
    • Gingrich’s Web video lacks context when it claims that Romney raised taxes and fees “on gun owners and people who are blind.” The fees on the blind never took effect. And Romney did propose increasing firearm fees, but not as high as the fees that the Democratic Legislature later passed.

    For more info, see the Annenberg Public Policy Center’s website, “”  There’s a very through “analysis” section with extensive footnotes which follows the summary posted above.

    There’s also a website called “RH Reality Check” which is pretty good.


    —southern students for choice, athens