Actresses call out Romney on abortion in new ad
October 15th, 2012
11:22 AM ET
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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. yourmom

    A woman voting Republican is like a black person voting for the tea party.

    October 15, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. use your voices....keep your choices!

    I bet the same men complaining about abortion being murder and not caring if woman lose the rights to their own reproductive choices, would be screaming their faces off, if the goverment wanted to interfere with them, and take away their rights to use Viagra!

    October 15, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. standright

    Scar Jo – you're better when you're admiring yourself naked in the mirror.
    Being a avenger without a superpower actually disconnects you from the public. Superheros don't get abortions.

    October 15, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. banlarson

    How many women does the abortion law really affect? If you listened to these women you'd think every woman in America has regular abortions and Romney's personal views on it will somehow suddenly make it illegal and force women to use birth control, which you will not get for free from the government. OMG the world is ending vote for the guy who has done nothing in 4 years, his hope is the economy will turn around on its own. When the democrats have nothing to stand on, they attempt to make issues out of non-issues. Oh, and Scarlet, I liked you before your reduction. Seems the only reason you have a platform is because of the enhancement, now you are irrelevant.

    October 15, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. standright

    I hate Hollywood thinking they're representing us. Only thing worse than charging me $15 to see your movie, is charging the whole economy and population a decent recovery by electing your choice.

    And the only thing worse than that is killing an innocent life, and demonizing a party that believes that life should be protected.

    October 15, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Olaf Big

    @Kwoods: The president cannot overturn Roe vs. Wade, but he can appoint Supreme Court justices who would, and the next president will likely appoint at least two.

    October 15, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. mikey

    Over the past four years the American middle class has suffered an unprecedented decline. The labor for participation rate is the lowest since 1981 and for men it is the lowest since that statistic has been gathered. Household income has plummeted by 7.3% equating to over $4,000 per family. The number of persons on food stamps has nearly doubled in a mere four years. The unemployment rate continues to decline only by statistical legerdemain and reducing the number of people actively looking for work by demoralizing them.

    but some good news for one of Obama's buddies

    Carlos Sims, the world's richest man with a net worth over 70 billion dollars and one of President Obama's biggest supporters is getting richer from the US Governments program that supplies so-called Obama phones to the poor. Sims who owns controlling interest in TracFone which makes $10.00 per phone for each device it provides to "poor" Americans. The company also makes extra money off of extra minutes and data plans

    October 15, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. DirtyHeat

    "What is it with you Repubs and everything being state issues? There are pro-life & pro-choice people in all of the states so why can't it be a federal issue. Same as Obamacare – we are all Americans just living within different state borders so why does it have to be sent to the states instead of federal? Can't understand the logic."

    Well first of all we realize that when this country was founded it was supposed to be a collection of states that govern themselves that have a common, federal government that would protect the interest of the states.

    I could ask you the same question. Why is it that libs need the federal govenment how to do everything? The state knows better what the people in that state want. Some issues that concern people in Kentucky would have no relevance to those living in Utah. That is why we want states to have more control.

    October 15, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    What would you expect from a bunch of atheist women. They put no value on life and murder. They would rather kill a child then go through the hassle of raising it properly.

    October 15, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Al

    "I bet the same men complaining about abortion being murder and not caring if woman lose the rights to their own reproductive choices, would be screaming their faces off, if the goverment wanted to interfere with them, and take away their rights to use Viagra!"

    Hmmm as a male, I don't believe that is true ... however, i'm not sure killing babies and killing erections is comparable ... nice try though

    October 15, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  11. ac

    The President however gives a nomination for a Supreme Court Justice who reflects his views... If Romeny /Ryan win, American women will soon end up like the women of third world countries and in veils and confined to the home...

    October 15, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. joan

    If Romney only believes PLanned parenthood is about abortions, he is wrong. Its up to each person about what to do with their bodies when it comes to reproduction. Protect the innocent? What about the woman whose body it is? Why are we so quick to overlook them?????

    October 15, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. Wilson

    I wonder why the left keeps lying. The issue is not really about abortion or contraception. Both are readily available. The issue is about who pays for it. If I'm paying for women to go out and be sl$ts, then I should be involved in the fun. I do not want to pay for women to go out and be sl$ts with no consequences for their actions. To many people either have forgotten, or choose to ignore, the fact that all actions have consequences. If you don't want to have the consequences, then don't perform the actions.

    October 15, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. standright

    I think, for the most part, republicans support a woman's right to choose. On everything in life.
    Until the day comes that they make a choice to get pregnant and want to take the life of another. With a few exceptions, that's when we'd like the life of the unborn to be protected. 50%+ chance it's a baby girl, one who would CHOOSE to be born.

    So Hollywood wants to act upset that I'm supporting the choice to live over the choice to kill?

    October 15, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. joan

    to anonymous who said "What would you expect from a bunch of atheist women. They put no value on life and murder. They would rather kill a child then go through the hassle of raising it properly."
    That is the issue. Raising it properly? That is the problem, your thought and the fact that republicans want to ban abortion, while at the same time reducing aid and services needed to raise those children to adulthood.
    Its a woman's body – its her choice. While I could never have one, I am not going to make that choice for someone else. I can't take away their contraception or the choice to use or not to use it.

    October 15, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. standright

    So Democrats support choice?

    Choice of schools? No
    Choice to live a religion? No
    Choice to pick a Medicare support plan? No

    Choice to kill a baby?

    October 15, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. ac

    For all those that don't believe in Abortions...Don't get one and let the procedure be safe for the ladies who need one regardless of their reasons... you want government out of your business, then you should keep also want government out of your women's business too, or are u so indifferent to women it doesn't matter that procedures only performed are women are safe...?

    October 15, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. r

    Puh-leeze...if he said he was for all everything liberal, they would still make crap up begging people not to vote for him. Each of these ladies has already been pranced across stage for everyone to see how much they LOVE Obama. Where are the new celebrities wanting their turn to sing his praises? Oh yeah...they are actually secretly Republicans who want to keep as much of their money as possible.

    October 15, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. Shannon

    all you Republicans whining and crying about a woman's right to choose, hate those children once they are born. You don't want to provide any kind of healthcare, education or food for them. You love the fetus but hate the support a party that says some women rape easy, and that there are different levels of rape. You have no moral authority over anyone, when you support a man who wants to destroy the safety net that many living people use to survive. so please, keep your holier than thou comments about what great Christians you are to yourself.

    October 15, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. joan

    Pro choice means leaving the choice up to the person it affects and not making the decision for them.

    October 15, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. notasdumasu

    I forgot all women think alike apparently. And ending federal funding will not shut down planned parenthood any more than ending federal funding for PBS will shut down Big Bird. What the hell makes these Hollywood people think that voters care about thier political opinions? The only people who would care are people who are too busy watching the "learning" channel or bravo to vote. This is nothing but more scare tactics from liberal extremists trying to convince people that the GOP wants to control your life and your health. If you want proof of who wants to control your health, look at the so-called Affordable Care Act.

    October 15, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. Underwhelmed by my President

    That's nice, Scarlett et al. Now go back to work making generally underwhelming movies. Thanks, ladies.

    October 15, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  23. notasdumasu

    @dirty heat. Apparently you don't understand logic then. All things (for the most part) affect every state. That doesn't mean that the all powerful federal governemt should make all decisions about everything. According to your "logic" we shouldn't even have states.

    October 15, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  24. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    When I hear anyone other than a millionaire support Romney, I believe they really think this is their chance to wine and dine with the rich, it ain't going to happen. If you aren't part of that circle, you'll never be in that circle by the time they ask what company does you or your parents own, what vintage is in your wine cellar, etc., what country are you having lunch in today. Don't make me laugh, I've been in these circles and I know what they eat, what they drink and who they talk about and there was no average working people there.

    October 15, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. Olaf Big

    Let's stop talking about killing babies. An abortion does stop a budding life, but at twelve weeks, which is the cutoff for most legal abortions the fetus is not a baby, and does not look like one. Wish you did not skip biology lessons in high school.

    October 15, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
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