Norm Coleman lied to a group of Jewish voters in Ohio, claiming that Roe v. Wade is safe under Romney:
[O]n Monday, a top Romney surrogate told a group of Jewish voters in the Buckeye State that the landmark Supreme Court decision granting women the right to an abortion is in no danger of being overturned should Romney become president.
“President Bush was president eight years, Roe v. Wade wasn’t reversed. He had two Supreme Court picks, Roe v. Wade wasn’t reversed,” former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) told a Republican Jewish Coalition meeting in Beechwood, Ohio. “It’s not going to be reversed.”
That is a lie. From Romney’s campaign website:
Mitt Romney is pro-life. He believes it speaks well of the country that almost all Americans recognize that abortion is a problem. And in the quiet of conscience, people of both political parties know that more than a million abortions a year cannot be squared with the good heart of America.
Mitt believes that life begins at conception and wishes that the laws of our nation reflected that view. But while the nation remains so divided, he believes that the right next step is for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade – a case of blatant judicial activism that took a decision that should be left to the people and placed it in the hands of unelected judges. With Roe overturned, states will be empowered through the democratic process to determine their own abortion laws and not have them dictated by judicial mandate.
Mitt supports the Hyde Amendment, which broadly bars the use of federal funds for abortions. As president, he will end federal funding for abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood. He will protect the right of health care workers to follow their conscience in their work. And he will nominate judges who know the difference between personal opinion and the law.
If nobody cares, then why are they lying about it?
The bottom line is this: Reproductive rights have become a central issue in this campaign, and that’s because the two candidates are starkly different on the issue. President Obama understands that women should have the freedom to do whatever the hell we want with our bodies.
Romney supports Personhood and a ban on abortion without exception. He supports the Blunt Amendment which permits employers to determine what preventive healthcare services you are entitled to based upon their own personal religious conscience. Romney knows his position on women’s rights and health is not a popular one, and so his campaign is lying about his position while simultaneously claiming that the only people who care about such issues are singles, sluts, and stupid women.
The Romney campaign thinks you’re stupid. But you’re not stupid, are you?
Of course you’re not.
[cross-posted at ABLC]