Actresses call out Romney on abortion in new ad
October 15th, 2012
11:22 AM ET
10 years ago

Actresses call out Romney on abortion in new ad

(CNN) – Hollywood actresses Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington are featured condemning Republicans for their stance on abortion in a new political ad from the liberal group

The spot, released Monday and directed by noted filmmaker Rob Reiner, will air nationally and in the battleground states of Colorado and Virginia, the group said, adding it would air during shows primarily viewed by women.

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"I want to talk to you about women," Johansson says at the beginning of the spot, followed by Washington saying, "And about Mitt Romney."

"Mitt Romney is for ending funding to Planned Parenthood," Longoria says, with Johansson chiming in, "Including cancer screenings."

The ad continues:

Washington: "He said he'd overturn Roe v. Wade."

Johansson: "We have Republicans trying to redefine rape."

Longoria: "Trying to force women to undergo invasive ultrasounds."

Johansson: "If you think that this election won't affect you and your life, think again."

Washington: "Vote."

Longoria: "Vote."

Johansson: "Vote for Barack Obama."

In a statement, Reiner said Romney, and his running mate Paul Ryan, would "eviscerate women's rights" if they're elected in November.

"We'd be talking about getting rid of abortion, birth control, access to health care screenings. As a husband, son and father, I can't stand by and let this happen," Reiner continued.

"Misleading political attacks will not change President Obama's failed record," Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg wrote in response to the ad. "His policies have made it harder for women across the country to start businesses, get good jobs, or see their children able to go to college and get started with their lives. Mitt Romney will lead us to a real recovery so that women – and all Americans – can succeed and live the American Dream."

Last week, Democrats pounced on Romney after he said in an interview with the Des Moines Register that he was not aware of any abortion legislation he would promote as part of his agenda as president.

Democrats claimed that was a reversal for the candidate, who maintained during the GOP primary season that he would support efforts to remove funding for Planned Parenthood, a women's health group that provides abortion services. Several House Republicans have introduced legislation that would strip funding from the group.

Romney reiterated that pledge later in the week, and on Sunday a top adviser to Romney's campaign said the GOP nominee was a "pro-life candidate" and would serve as a "pro-life president."

Ed Gillespie, speaking to CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on "State of the Union," said that was a long-standing position for the Republican candidate.

"What the governor has consistently said is that he thinks Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and this is something that should be left to elected representatives, to the people through their elected representatives," Gillespie said, referring to the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming a woman's right to have an abortion.

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soundoff (538 Responses)
  1. DJ

    I believe this add will put Gov. Romney over the top with women because what the far left fails to realize is that most women in America are not rabid, selfish, "it's my body and I'll do with it what I damn well please" women. These limo liberal women who were all born with silver diaphragms in their mouths are trying to lecture women about how Mitt "Dr. Evil" Romney wants to control their bodies. Great!!! I hope they put out new ads every day on a different left-wing talking point. Romney's numbers will continue to grow among common sense-oriented women like my wife and daughters. Common sense and rational thinking will always carry the day over left wing lunacy.

    October 15, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  2. Squigman

    The message is simple. If you believe in the betterment of your fellow man/woman, and the human race as a whole, you'll vote democrat. The republicans are in love with the (good old days), that never existed to begin with. They were just younger, with no responsibilities, and they think they have the prescription for the good old days to return. They Don't.

    October 15, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  3. Bob

    Red herring issue, Republican appointed justices have dominated the Supreme Court for 2 plus decades, we've had Republican Presidents for 60 percent of the time since Roe v Wade, including times when the Republicans controlled both Houses of Congress, and there hasn't been a serious challenge to the decision. While this is an important topic, please tell these 1 percenter actresses to focus on the economy!

    October 15, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  4. ann

    If you would like to have "reproductive choices" then do not have the government and my tax dollars pay for them. You have every right to use birth control or to get an abortion even if others are morally against it. As long as we don't have to pay for your choices you should step up and take responsibility for them yourself. It is YOUR choice, not ours.

    October 15, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  5. Bazinga

    How about these holier then thou politicians and do-gooder hypocrites getting out of our business and worry about their own, and stop regulating women's bodies, the size of soda's, and whether we wear a seat belt, etc, etc, etc. If this was 1776 there would be another revolution!

    October 15, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  6. rdsink

    I'm going to take political advice from two upstanding women as these?????????? NOT!!!!! Ladies stick to what you know, Broken relationships, inappropriate video tapes and make believe movies. The hypocrisy! Given enough money you'd take the lead in a Pro-Life movie.

    October 15, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  7. Patti

    Hey, it's not about abortions or pro life, pro choice. It's about control. The repugs are screaming about smaller Goverment but, they want to shove their decisions in our faces.. No!!!!! We women have the power. So vote for a man who has heart and brains.

    Thank you and good night.

    October 15, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  8. Jim

    The Romney Ryan ticket should wear the scorn of Hollywood as a badge of honor.

    October 15, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  9. trc1962

    The point of all this isnot just Romney's view on abortion (which nobody really knows for sure), but the thought and care of women in general. Cover men's health care needs, but not womens? If Romney cuts all funding (and he says he will) imagine all the WOMEN who will not get cancer screenings, treatment for bladder infections and other issue's women face. However, all those insurance companies sure cover viagra and cialis, republican men made sure of that. It is sad. It is really sad when you consider that Romney/Ryan don't care about the average man, woman or child. They are willing to cut social programs, but NEVER will they cut taxes for the rich. And the relegious right votes for a man like this? The world can't think for themselves anymore!!!

    October 16, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  10. Roger

    This is not a civil rights issue this is a moral issue. Babies are aborted in the name of convenience. My youngest daughter asked me the other day what abortion was and the only way I knew how to explain it was going inside of a mother and killing the baby before it is born. That statement may offend a few, but don't take the life of an innocent child. Give birth to that child and allow someone else to raise it. So many people desire children, but can not have them. Let them raise the child. I am very grateful and thankful that my parents did not abort me. I think it many people would agree.

    October 16, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  11. ChitownDoc

    Who cares what a bunch of Hollywood airheads say? Especially these bimbos who make a living "playing pretend" for a living. Unfortunately, many Americans think Hollywood has the answers because they look so pretty, and this is a terrifying thought.

    October 16, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  12. Suzanne

    entertainment people like actresses should stay out of politics!!! Use to like Scarlett and /eva but not now that they feel the need to try and influence votes, especially women, by filming this ad!! This ad has not chanfed my mind about voting Romney; speak for yourselves!!

    October 16, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  13. Raymond C

    Like father like sons Mitt Romney Son said on Piers Morgan women's rights doesn't matter. only the economic matter! Women really need to be worried. I am worried for them.
    Question: How does Mitt treat Ann behind the scenes. Does Ann have rights behind closed door?

    October 16, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
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