It's becoming difficult to find much difference between the crazy Republican presidential candidates and Mitt Romney. This is good news for President Obama, since moderates and independents aren't likely to vote for someone way out there on the right-wing edge.
Not long ago, in 2002, Romney fully supported a woman's right to choose an abortion. Now the flip-flopper in chief says he's on board with a state initiative in Mississippi that defines personhood as beginning at the moment of conception.
In an interview this week with Mike Huckabee, Romney said that he would “absolutely” have signed life at conception legislation while he was Massachusetts governor.
Wow. Good luck with defending that position if you end being the Republican nominee, Mitt.
You want all abortions to be illegal, even in cases of rape, incest, or a threat to the mother's life. You want many, if not most, forms of contraception to be unavailable to women. You want to put up barriers to in vitro fertilization, and open the door to charging a pregnant woman with murder if she suffers a miscarriage. You want doctors to worry about being arrested if they save a woman's life even when her embryo has no chance of being born.
A statement from the Mississippi Medical Association said the measure's reach would go beyond abortion access. Unintended consequences, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says, may include criminal prosecution of women who miscarry or use contraception and of doctors who administer lifesaving treatment to women with abnormal pregnancies or disease.
Mitt Romney also wants to do away with Medicare as we know it and replace it with a voucher system that's almost exactly like the Paul Ryan plan -- which would cost the average Medicare recipient $6,000 more per year.
So Romney wants to screw over women and senior citizens, not exactly a strong foundation for a presidential run. But, hey, keep it up, Mitt. You can bet that the Obama reelection campaign is loving your extreme rightward tilt.