This story is important to send around, especially in light of the overall freak-out taking place as Mitt Romney has made polling gains. Mitt Romney just told the Des Moines Register:
“There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.”
Consider this statement in the context of his own campaign website where he expresses support for the Hyde Amendment banning federal funding for Planned Parenthood and barring stem cell research. He also pledged to reestablish the Mexico City Policy banning funding for NGOs that use any of the money for explaining or performing family planning services that include abortion as an option. This would be an executive order and thus not technically “legislative,” but if you believe the thrust of Romney’s statement to the Iowa newspaper was to settle American concerns over congressional action vs. executive orders you probably should not be voting. All of this is in addition to his commitment to appointing judges that will overturn Roe v. Wade.
At the CPAC conference he promised that he would have a “pro-life presidency” and outlined a number of aggressive steps he would take to fight against choice. In 2008, he told Meet the Press that he would fight hard against abortion.
The recent Pew poll that has everyone in the media explaining that Mitt Romney is on track to win this election reflects no preference between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney amongst women, even though women are more likely to identify as pro-choice than their male counterparts. Mitt Romney cannot be allowed to look voters in the eye and say abortion is not part of his agenda and then promise his base that he will govern with an aggressive pro-life presidency.
And correcting the record is up to the grassroots. President Obama can’t correct the record without risking some of the working class white male voters — more likely to be pro-life — that he depends on to win in November. The record has to be corrected by everyone who cares about this issue enough to tell their independent friends that Mitt is lying to shore up his electoral chances.