|October 10, 2012Open Letter to former Governor Willard Mitt Romney:Today, when asked if you would pursue any legislation on women’s issues, you stated in an interview with the Des Moines Register:
“There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.”
This statement is in direct opposition to your more recent statements in this campaign for the Presidency where you make clear:
Your campaign, within two hours of your statement, walked back that statement:
Spokeswoman Andrea Saul told the National Review Online’s Katrina Trinko that Romney “would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life.”
This gives us an even greater need for clarification.
You were also asked whether insurers should be required to cover birth control.
“Well it’s a question as to, should you get a car painted, you know, red or blue. I mean you can decide which you’d like. People who want to have contraceptive health insurance can choose that in their policy. Those that don’t have — that choose not to can buy a policy with or without. It depends on the kind of policy you buy of course.”
The question was not whether women should have their choice of insurance plans. The question was whether you agree with the contraception mandate, which requires most employers and insurers to offer health plans that cover birth control at no cost to women.
The Presidency is one of three parts of our government. While you may not push for legislation, women of America want to know if you would have signed or vetoed the 55 bills* with anti-women language included, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives since January, 2011:
Women need to know if the GOP keeps the House or takes the Senate and you win the Presidency, how you will stand on the bills brought to you in support of the approved 2012 GOP Platform**:
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