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

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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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How Anti-Choice Is Paul Ryan? Check the Record

Rep. Paul Ryan

For well over a week, both sides have been parsing Ryan’s abortion stance. Why is a man so openly anti-choice so unwilling to admit his actual positions?

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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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Paul Ryan Pick Presents Unique Conundrum for Republican Women Voters

And therein lies the conundrum for Republican women voters as they consider their vote come Election Day 2012. When the U.S. is as politically polarized as it’s ever been, now epitomized by the Obama-Biden and Romney-Ryan presidential tickets, will women voters join these women elected officials and vote against their self interest?

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Hmmm…Did Romney Check With Ryan On That Rape Exception to Abortion Thing?

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According to the presidential contender, his ticket supports allowing rape victims to terminate their pregnancies. Did he check with his running mate?

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Paul Ryan’s Missing Children and Mitt Romney’s Forbidden Grandchildren

Paul Ryan’s relatively small family and Mitt Romney’s quite large one reveal the reproductive minefields for Republican candidates who presumably are expected to show obedience, in their personal lives, to the party’s extremist platform.

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Which Personhood Endorser in Colorado Will Be Ryan’s Role Model?

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Romney running mate Paul Ryan, who’s endorsed personhood at the federal level, will have to decide whether to un-endorse the measure or stand behind it.

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