Lies, Half-truths and Contradictions: Mitt Romney’s flip-flop on contraception

Mitt Romney’s new TV ad, as alluded to in Comrade Marinucci’s story Thursday, tries to Etch-a-Sketch his position on abortion and contraceptives a bit. Or, judging by the flat-out-lie he told at Tuesday’s second presidential debate, a lot.

Here’s Mitt’s ad:

A couple of things. First, the Obama campaign is wrong in this ad — Romney does NOT oppose abortion in cases of rape and incest. His running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, does but Mitt doesn’t. And this new Obama ad takes Romney’s position out of context, too.

But keep in mind that this is ANOTHER issue where Romney’s position has changed. Remember, Romney was elected as a “rabid pro-choice governor” of Massachusetts in 2002. Who called him that? Romney endorser and surrogate ex-GOP Sen. Rick Santorum.

Waaaaaaay back then, Mitt promised to “respect and will protect a women’s right to choose. This choice is a deeply personal one. Women should be free to choose based on their own
beliefs, not mine and not the governments.”

During Tuesday’s debate Romney said:

“I don’t believe that bureaucrats in Washington should tell someone whether they can use contraceptives or not, and I don’t believe employers should tell someone whether they can have contraceptive care or not. Every woman in America should have access to contraceptives, and the president’s statement of my policy is completely and totally wrong.”

Oh, really? Because Romney supports the Blunt Amendment, named for Romney surrogate Rep. Roy Blunt, R-MO, which would allow employers to refuse to cover certain health services. Like contraceptives.

Here’s Santorum on Romney’s changing abortion views:

Joe Garofoli