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Monday, February 6, 2012

Shedding Light On Romney’s Record On Contraception

As Governor of Massachusetts in 2005, Mitt Romney required all Massachusetts hospitals, including Catholic ones, to provide emergency contraception to rape victims, even though some Catholics view the morning-after pill as a form of abortion.

Republican rival Newt Gingrich has already raised that decision on the campaign trail. Will it become an issue for primary voters, or in the general election against President Obama? President Obama is also under fire, from Roman Catholic bishops, for issuing an order last month requiring religious institutions to provide free birth control to employees.


  • Tracy Jan, national political reporter for the Boston Globe

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  • Mulberrybank

    The Bishops, or whom-ever may have their opinions, but denying females’ contraceptives is “discrimination.”   See how Susan G Komen is feeling these days.  Bishops, or anyone, keep it up and there goes your tax-exemptions.

  • Anonymous

    1> Romney is a flipper-flopper2> The purpose of medical insurance is to alleviate the financial burdens of treating disease or injury. Pregnancy is NOT a disease. It is the perfectly normal function of the healthy mammalian female.3> Thousands of couples seek fertility every year. Is that treatment covered?4> There is no rational reason that government should be forcing any employer to “cover” contraeption.5> When my wife was using “the pill” I think it cost us about $20 per month (no insurance for that, then). That’s a “tall” latte a week. 6> how much does a month’s course of “the pill” cost today?7> “Rape and incest” is one of those catch phrases like “law and order” or “sex and violence”. Since some incest is consensual, why is it always equated to rape where abortion in concernded?

  • Anonymous

    These are two completely seperate issues.
    Romney’s order was for rape victims only.
    Not for birth control in general or sterilization.
    The debate of Pro-lifers who believe abortion is never acceptable versus those
    who will make exceptions for rape, incest or to save the life of the Mother, is an onging argument.

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