Abortion rights activists Etch A Sketch against Romney
NARAL supporter Kate Vlach said Romney will not be able to shake and vanish his position against reproductive rights.
March 22nd, 2012
11:22 AM ET
10 years ago

Abortion rights activists Etch A Sketch against Romney

Washington (CNN) - About 20 demonstrators with the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) gathered outside a hotel where GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney planned fundraising remarks Thursday and used Etch A Sketch toys recently mentioned by the Romney campaign as part of their protest.

Senior Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom suggested on CNN's "Starting Point" Wednesday that a post-nomination Romney candidate could reset his campaign "almost like an Etch-a-Sketch – you can kind of shake it up, and we start all over again."

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But demonstrators were using the Etch A Sketch to frame their disagreement with Romney over his proposal to end federal support for Planned Parenthood. "His anti-choice record and rhetoric will not disappear," said NARAL spokeswoman Erika West in prepared remarks.

Many in the group held pink Etch-a-Sketch toys and chanted their belief Romney should be held accountable for his position on reproductive rights that includes a proposal to end federal support for Planned Parenthood.

Romney was not seen arriving at the hotel entrance where the demonstration took place.


Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Mitt Romney
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    'His anti-choice record and rhetoric will not disappear,"
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    I'm not too sure. If he needs to be pro-choice to win the general election, he'll flip back to his old ways. But don't keep your fingers crossed. Willard's gone so far right, there's no possible way he can make it back to the center. This is the guy who said he'll ALWAYS protect a woman's right to choose. He's done a 180 on that one.

    March 22, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. Laverne

    Wow, sales for etch and sketches are going through the roof, thanks Willard for helping the economy!!

    March 22, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. NVa Native

    The GOP has and their War on All Americans needs to stop.

    March 22, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Romney was not seen arriving at the hotel entrance where the demonstration took place.
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    Mitt Romney is demonstrating that he doesn't handle a crisis very well. Just like with his tax returns, he ignores the problem and hopes it goes away. Actually, I think the believes that "market forces" will prevail and settle the issue for him.

    March 22, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    Romney, the gift that keeps on giving......

    March 22, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    Can we just reset Mitt's campaign like an Etch-a-Sketch – we can kind of shake it up and make Mitt just dissapear....and the GOP can start all over again!!!

    March 22, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Auntie Rose from Iowa

    It seems to me that if either Obama or Santorum got into office, we can etch a sketch our childrens' futures away.

    We need an outsider with financial experience to get our economy going; our deficit spending under control; our debt reduced; and jobs increased. Mitt Romney is the person to do that - not the two babbling etch a sketch children Obama and Santorum.

    March 22, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. Woman In California

    Willard was EXPOSED yesterday for the fraud he is. Even his campaign managers know this guy is a LIAR and a con artist in the first degree. The American people are being lead into the slaughter by this unknown and once he gets into the White House – everything you think you voted for will be lost with his presidency. Willard stands for no one and nothing except his own selfish, greedy ego. He's given nothing his entire life that didn't benefit him in some way or another and now he wants the ultimate prize "the presidency". I intend to send Willard a message loud and clear in November that his days of "entitlement" are OVER.
    Obama 2012 for continued sanity and leadership.

    March 22, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Frank - Ohio

    Killing a human heart is not a "choice". It is murder.

    March 22, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Can they Etch-A-Sketch what an abortion looks like?

    The Democrats War on Babies marches on...

    March 22, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens is wearing $1000 shoes, but he just keeps stepping in it.

    March 22, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    "I'm pro-life. No wait...I'm for choice...no.....no.....wait..... Hey Ann, what day is it? I don't know what I'm saying"

    March 22, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. joseph

    GOP presidency ticket is "for sale" to the highest bidder.

    March 22, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Killing people in unnecessary wars, as a result of racial hatred, and people who cannot see a doctor, is also murder?

    March 22, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. GonzoinHouston

    Can they Etch-A-Sketch what an abortion looks like?

    No, but I can etch-a-sketch what an abortion would look like if the GOP wins in November; after all, it isn't that hard to etch-a-sketch a coat hanger.

    March 22, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. Davis

    This is so dumb and ridiculous. I am no Romney supporter but I can see how this was taken way out of context.

    March 22, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    20 demonstrators, eh? Wow. Please leave. Your birth control will be distributed on the way out. Move along, please... move along.

    March 22, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. Fair is Fair

    Life begins at conception and the unborn deserve the same rights and protections afforded by the Constitution.

    March 22, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. NVa Native

    GOP = love the fetus, hate the child.

    March 22, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Democrats/liberals/progressives.... against the death penalty for convicted murders, the worse of the worse. But FOR the death penalty for the unborn, the most innocent of the innocent.

    Yes, your values are quite non-existent.

    March 22, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Myviewis

    Yes, it is a woman's choice, it is our body and it is our responsibility to pay for whatever we choose to do with our bodies just like we would pay for our choice of wedding dress, shoes, purse, perfume, waxing, pedicure, manicure, drink, movie, make-up, body lotion, haircut, hair extensions, breast implants, etc... It is a woman's choice and it is the choice of an employer to pay or not pay for our birth control insurance plan or abortion insurance plan. At the end of the day we women can twist it all we want to convince everyone else to pay for us and put that financial burden on everyone else but if we truly want freedom of choice, control of our bodies than we must learn to become self sufficient, independent and pay for birth control and abortion ourselves the same way we pay for everything.

    March 22, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    Have you noticed-Mitt does NOT like to be crossed or disagreed with. Cannot imagine this man as POTUS

    March 22, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. Linda

    Romney has been very deceitful throughout his long drawn out campaigning and etch-a-sketch best describes his character which is a shameful basis for someone running for president. The US much better than him.

    March 22, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Malory Archer

    Auntie Rose from Iowa, please enlighten the board on ex-governor Etch-a-Sketch's financial experience beyond being born wealthy and using his money to make more money for himself and his wealthy friends while destroying businesses and sending the jobs of tens of thousands of workers to foreign shores.

    March 22, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

    20 demonstrators, eh? Wow. Please leave.

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    Why do the tighty righties hate free speech so much that they demand that those with whom they disagree "leave"?

    March 22, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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