Republicans, at their National Convention, approved a very toughly worded platform that included banning ALL abortions, banning Gay marriages, changing Medicare into a voucher program, and cutting income taxes to jump start the economy and to create jobs.
This blog is not about the Republican Convention Platform and I surely cannot cover all those items in one blog. I plan on limiting the scope of this blog to Abortion because just covering the various positions of Mitt Romney and Paul Romney and the Republican Platform on Abortion is enough to make this a lengthy blog.
Last night, during the debate between Vice President Biden and Congressman Ryan, Paul Ryan said, “the policy of a Romney administration will be to oppose abortion with the exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother.”
What is strange though is that Paul Ryan’s long time position has been against all abortions – with no exception.
Paul Ryan, during his last term in Congress co-sponsored a so-called “personhood” amendment.
Under a proposed “personhood” law, terminating a pregnancy would become illegal with almost no exception.
So, how would a “Personhood” law affect abortion?
Personhood would define an unborn child at conception as a person and as a result, by default, the new law would prevent abortion for any reason. Because the life of the unborn child would carry more weight than the rights of the mother, it would not matter if the child was conceived because of rape or incest or if the mother’s life were in danger. A Personhood law does not make sense to me.
Regardless of Roe v. Wade, if a woman received an abortion or took a morning after pill, it would result in the death of a legal person protected by our Constitution and a woman and her doctor or pharmacist could be charged with manslaughter.
I find it interesting that Ryan did not talk about his own position – instead he talked about Romney’s “softer” evolving position on abortion dealing with rape, incest, and the life of the mother. I guess that Ryan was encouraged to avoid discussing their convention platform or his own position for fear of losing even more female votes.
In effect, a Personhood amendment would trump the rights of a woman. Personhood would pit the rights of a developing fetus that is unable to sustain life on its’ own against the rights of the woman carrying the unborn child. That just does not make sense to me.
It is not that Mitt Romney is a flip-flopper – it is that Mitt Romney has taken numerous stands on Abortion – I really do not believe he flip-flops on his position.
Mitt Romney is a Mormon and historically many Mormon men in the past have shown a predisposition for having multiple wives – and on the same note, Mitt Romney has multiple positions on Abortion.
Maybe that is a Mormon thing – multiple positions and multiple wives.
It is as though Mitt has 3 or 4 index cards in his hand and when he first stands in front of an audience, he looks at each card to determine which card matches the demographic of the audience he is addressing.
While addressing “Focus on the Family” he would play the “I oppose all abortions without regard to rape, incest, or health of the mother – card.” Of course, he would choose that card to get the conservative vote.
While speaking at a primarily Hispanic or Black university, he would play the “I am opposed to all abortion, but I think you should make the choice that is best for you – card. “ Of course, he would choose that card because he would be happier if there were fewer Hispanics and Blacks in America to vote against Republicans. Also, some women of color might be so happy that he supported their position they might actually vote for him.
While speaking at a National Organization of Women convention, he would play the “I don’t believe in abortion but I love your organization and I will personally sign abortion exemptions at the back of the auditorium – card.” After all, my great-grandfather left the United States to form a polygamist colony in Mexico, where I believe he had a Mexican wife, a Black wife, and 6 other white wives he brought with him from Utah. He said that impromptu remark after noticing there were some women of color in the audience. He further said that all Romney men love and respect women – so he would do nothing to talk any of you out of an abortion. By the way, he said, “Can I count on all of you for your vote? No? How about if I agree to an equal pay amendment for women? No? How about if I promise to not make you watch an ultrasound in the room prior to having your abortion? Yes? Wow, I knew you women would surrender to my good looks and charm. Oh, I almost forgot, there is a $3,000 fee for the abortion, which will be used to balance the budget. I also want you to understand that it is not a tax because I took an oath to not raise taxes. Oh, the cost of the meds are extra, as you might have expected.
Lastly, if you are a woman of color and live in an apartment, your abortion will be done at the closest emergency room, otherwise, because you are white, you will be able to schedule your abortion at your doctor’s office at your convenience.