Democrats attack Romney over controversial abortion amendment
November 3rd, 2011
05:11 PM ET
11 years ago

Democrats attack Romney over controversial abortion amendment

Washington (CNN) - National Democrats are launching a new attack against Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, blasting the former Massachusetts governor in a new web video over what they say is his support of a controversial abortion amendment.

Romney is targeted in a web video out Thursday by the Democratic National Committee which starts by describing a "personhood" amendment, which is on the ballot in Mississippi November 8. The controversial measure, if passed, would define "life" as beginning at the moment of conception and it would make illegal all abortions, including the termination of pregnancies caused by rape, incest, or which prove grave threat to the life of the mother. The amendment is opposed by some National Right to Life organizations, and the Catholic Church in Mississippi says it is too extreme.

The video then highlights a clip from the Fox News Channel program "Huckabee," with the former Arkansas governor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate asking Romney "would you have supported the constitutional amendment that would have established the definition of life at conception?"

Romney replies "absolutely."

The video ends by claiming that Romney is fully behind the personhood amendment and then says "Mitt Romney, Absolutely wrong for women."

In an email release accompanying the video, DNC Executive Director Patrick Gaspard, discussing Romney, said that "a leading candidate for the GOP nomination for president is on the record in favor of a law that would classify literally all abortions - and even many forms of birth control - as murder."

While Romney's stance on abortion appears to have shifted dramatically since he was governor of Massachusetts, he still allows for exceptions for rape, incest and cases when a mother's life is in danger. And it doesn't appear that he has specifically weighed in on the amendment in Mississippi.

Reacting to the DNC web video, Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul told CNN that "it's too bad this White House isn't as focused on attacking unemployment as they are in attacking our campaign."

Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Mitt Romney
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Good. Mittens should be publicly shamed and ridiculed for this...MERCILESSLY. Mercy's bought with mercy, not pleas(e)...and this ideological nonsense legislation shows NONE.

    November 3, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |

    Meh. Lame retort from the Romney campaign.

    November 3, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. thomas

    Why didn't any of Mitt Romney's five sons volunteer for military service ?

    November 3, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. sielingfan

    I like Cain's stance. "I oppose all abortions - but I wouldn't make them illegal."

    November 3, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens may be a nice guy, but, evidently, the republicans don't even like him. He has run for president for 6 years and has a republican popularity of 25%. Basically, Mittens is in over his head, and cannot make up his mind.

    November 3, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. kapp

    A.) what doe smilitary service have to do with the abortion topic in the article? (p.s. maybe its because the wars were fighting at the moment are pointless cash dumps that we have no need to be involved it?) B.) Is it just me or is it sad that candidates have to completely change their actual views to be supported by there party? Although to be fair, he may have just been pro-choice before because thats what Massachusetts wants... I wonder which he actually is...

    November 3, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. NVa Native

    these radical right-wing nut-jobs are always whining about their disdain of being politically correct and now they want to create a whole new special class – people of "personhood" ???
    What a crock of flaming turkey turds!! Even worse than that theater about putting that cheesy "in god we trust" slogan on everything!

    November 3, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. sara

    Willard is a rat. Flip-Flopping coreless "tin man". Goes where ever the wind blows.

    November 3, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. NVa Native

    Yesterday the Repubs erected a $1 MILLION statue (one of several this year) to honor their false prophet who started the economic destruction of the middle-class with his voodoo of “trickle down” economics – Regan.
    I wonder how many school lunches could $1 million buy? Couldn't they wait for better economic times?
    Total waste of tax payer money!
    What did Regan give us – raising taxes ELEVEN times – Iran Contra scandal? And NO he didn't win the Cold War he was our President when over fifty years of "war" ended with the end of the Soviet Union.

    November 3, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. mary

    He said it on Fox he should have read the bill before he commented and said he supported it, it does not have any exceptions for the life of the MOTHER!!! Mr Flip Flopper!!!

    November 3, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    If those hillbillies want to be that restrictive, then all single moms-to-be should be sent to Mississippi to live. Also those who were raped, or abused by family. The flood of new people would overwhelm that third world state so fast they wouldn't know what to do

    November 3, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. Dixie

    I'm not voting for any candidate that wants to legislate abortion. I'm the mistress of my own body. It's mostly always men who want to dictate what a women can or cannot do. How about mandatory "snip-snip" for men?

    November 3, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. Steve

    Is there anything he won't say to get the Republican nomination? I would prefer a drunk Perry to a sober Romney any day.

    November 3, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  14. d

    Kapp i was thinking the same sad it must be for the republican voters once their person gets the nomanation...really it is non wonder they seem so angry...they think they are getting one thing then bam! they have to appeal to all sad indeed what happened to integrity

    November 3, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. SaintM

    Romney may get the nomination, but my guess he will fold like a deck chair in winter after the first debate. He just does not have the qualifications to be president. He has no foreign policy experience, would be a weak military CIC, and his economic credentials are non-existen–esp. when it comes to "Creating" jobs. He is a charlatan, period.

    Obama 2.0 – 2012.

    November 3, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. Little Jimmy Truth

    DNC loves to continue bullying.

    November 3, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  17. Canuck

    Republicans are pro-life right up until the moment you're born, after that they'll happily send you off to fight their pointless wars for them and deny you healthcare.

    November 3, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    DNC desperation will only get worse as Mitt Romney works his way to Pennsylvania Avenue. Oh how things have changed since that historic election victory night in November 2008. First the thorough shellacking in 2010 and now polls showing that Mitt Romney will send Obama decisively back to Chicago if he gets the Republican nomination. The DNC is out of ideas and they have gone full negative campaigning with over a year to go.

    November 3, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. Aaron

    Romney must not want those teen girls being raped at Mormon compounds being able to get abortions after they've been raped. He might sing a different tune if it happened too one of his wives.

    November 3, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  20. Dean

    Sniffit, I think it's time you seek professional help.

    November 3, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  21. Mitt Romney @ Bain Capital posing with Dollar Bill$$ like a Gangstar while shipping American jobs to China

    Mr Flip Flops and his GW Dubya leftover advisers are gradually feeling the heat!!!

    Dont give Flip Flop Romney a pass....hammer him at his core. That is if he has one!!!!

    November 3, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |