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What Romney Said: A Timeline of Mitt Romney’s Anti-Choice Positions and the Questions the Media Isn’t Asking

It falls to professional media interviewers not just to assume Mitt Romney supports exceptions, because before Akin-gate he had not previously espoused any exceptions, but rather to ask him about when he changed his position, why he has not spoken out before on exceptions, and what he would do if Congress passed a “human life amendment” with no exceptions.

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Romney Supports Total Abortion Ban, No Exceptions, But Fools the Media Into Reporting Otherwise

When it comes to personhood/human life laws, either Mitt Romney is very confused and does not understand the grave implications for women of the laws for which he is espousing support, or he is lying, or both. The media should not be helping him out.

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Ryan, Who Voted to Ban All Abortions Without Exception, Now Claims Akin’s Position “Outrageous”

Ryan (left) and Akin. J. Scott Applewhite/AP/file.

In keeping with Mitt Romney’s strategy of distancing himself from Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan is now distancing himself from Paul Ryan.

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Political Contortions: Mitt Romney Tries to Distance Himself From Mitt Romney and GOP Platform He Unequivocally Supports

Larry Downing/Reuters.

During the primaries, Mitt Romney publicly and unequivocally endorsed every single abortion ban (with no exceptions) proposed by the anti-choice establishment. Now that the GOP platform includes the same language, he’s not so sure.

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As Romney and Ryan Dissemble, RNC Prepares Radical Anti-Choice Platform Based on Personhood

Romney and Ryan in Norfolk, VA. WIn McNamee/Getty Images.

Which GOP ticket is being nominated? Is it the one compromised of two men who have done everything but lick the boots (at least not that I know of) of radical anti-choicers? Or is it the kinder, gentler ticket that only wants to imprison women who terminate a pregnancy not conceived in rape?

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As Romney and Ryan Dissemble, RNC Prepares Deeply Anti-Choice Platform Promoting Personhood

Which GOP ticket is being nominated, exactly? Is it the one compromised of two men who have done everything but lick the boots (at least not that I know of) of radical anti-choicers such as the Americans United for Life, the Family Research Council, and the Susan B. Anthony List? Or is it the kinder, gentler ticket that only wants to imprison women who terminate a pregnancy not conceived in rape?

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In 2007, Romney Touted Endorsement of Doctor Who Pushed “Legitimate Rape” Junk Science

Dr. John C. Willke Andrew Spear/The New York Times

In 2007, Mitt Romney happily embraced one of the proponents of fanciful reproductive biology and a “father” of the “legitimate rape,” uh… theory.

 

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Is It Really Best for Women If Akin Withdraws? Questions About a Defining Moment

Calls are mounting for Missouri Representative Todd Akin to resign. But is it really best for women’s rights if he does so?

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MO Senate Candidate Todd Akin Says Abortion Not Necessary Because Women’s Bodies Can “Shut Pregnancy Down” After Rape

Missouri Tea Party Senate Candidate doesn’t think abortion in cases of rape is really necessary. Why? Because in cases of “legitimate rape” women’s bodies know how to prevent a pregnancy from happening in the first place.

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Pregnant Dominican Teen Dies of Complications of Cancer and Refusal of Abortion

Rosa Hernandez, mother of the teen. CNN.

Doctors were forced to wait to treat her cancer due to fears it could terminate the pregnancy, while her mother pleaded for an abortion in an effort to save her daughter’s life.

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