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Examples Of Mitt Romneys's Flip Flops, Changes, And Contradictions

From Pro-Choice To Pro-Life, Pro-Gay To Anti-Gay Rights, And Gun Control


Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney

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The authors of The Real Romney, Kranish & Helman, clearly state the purpose of their unauthorized biography of Mitt Romney; the book was written as "an attempt to capture him in whole, to plumb the many chapters of his life for insight into his character, his worldview, his drive, and his contradictions."

An example of contradictions in his political positions advertised to voters, but later changed once elected:

From Pro-Choice To Pro-Life. In 2002, Romney said "I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose. I will not change any provisions of Massachusetts' pro-choice laws." In 2005, he told The Globe, "Massachusetts should become a pro-life state. In 2007, during the MSNBC primary debate, he offered the following clarification: "When I ran for the first time, I said I was personally pro-life but that I would protect a woman's right to choose as the law existed. Two years ago, as a result of the debate we had, the conclusion I reached was that cloning and creating new embryos was wrong, and that we should, therefore, allow our state to become a pro-life state."

From Pro-Choice To Limiting Access To Morning After Pill: In 2002 Romney endorsed the legalization of RU-486, the abortion-inducing drug but in 2005 he vetoed emergency contraception for rape victims and the ability to obtain the morning-after pill without a prescription.

Where Romney Stood in 1994

Often accused of being stiff and out of touch with voters, the press has latched onto the many contradictions and "flip flopping" throughout Romney's political career; especially those involving women's rights and gay rights. During his 1994 run for the senate Romney was:

  • Pro-choice -- Romney supported Planned Parent Hood and went on record, stating "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for twenty years that we should sustain and support it."(1)
  • Pro-gay rights -- "I'll be better than Ted Kennedy" on gay rights.
  • Pro-gun control -- backed 5-day waiting period on gun sales.

Where Romney Stands In 2012

Pro-Life. "I am pro-life. I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother." -- July 26, 2005, Boston Globe. Romney has stated as president he would defund Planned Parenthood, and has pledged to restore and strengthen the conscience protection. "We have to allow people to practice their faith and when they have a matter of conscience that they can't participate in some form of activity which violates their faith, then they should be able to abide by their faith, particularly when there are plenty of opportunities for people to have a service provided." (2)

In the early 1990's Romney counseled many Mormon women, even with high-risk pregnancies that endangered the life of the mother, against an abortion procedure. He maintains a strong position on anti-abortion rights, however voted against the Contraception Bill - a bill aimed at helping women prevent and and terminate unwanted pregnancies. When the senate began debating amendments to the Contraception Bill, "I'm not for the bill ... the idea of presidential candidates getting into questions about contraception within a relationship between a man and a women, husband and wife, I'm not going there." The New York Times. Romney Sets Off Furor on Contraception Bill. February 29, 2012.

Anti-Gay Rights. "The actions that I take as president depends on part on the state of play in Washington, the people that are there and what options exists - but certainly I would defend the Defense of Marriage Act which the current president has refused to defend. I believe that the Defense of Marriage Act was well constructed and should be maintained." November 9, 2011, Des Moines Register.

Romney believes every child should have both a mother and father. In 2006, Romney filed a bill allowing the Catholic Charities in Massachusetts to exclude same-sex couples from its adoption policies. Ramone Johnson, Guide to Gay Life

Anti-Gun Control. " I believe we need to focus on enforcing our current laws rather than creating new laws that burden lawful gun owners. I believe in safe and responsible gun ownership and that anyone who exercises the right to keep and bear arms must do so lawfully and properly. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all federal approach to gun ownership because people keep and use firearms for different reasons. Law-abiding citizens have a right to protect their homes and their families and as President, I will vigorously defend that right." -- January 7, 2008, The Washington Post


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