The Romneys Can Have an Abortion Clause But You Shouldn't

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Mitt Romney

If it's anything I hate, it's a politician who's a hypocrite. It's one thing when us regular folk get all hypocritical sometimes. How many times have you said, "Do as I say, not as I do!" to the kids. But it's another thing when a politician, who is making laws for the rest of us, does it. No, it's not okay to do as you do while trying to put the rest of us in jail for doing the same thing. Talkin' to you, Mitt Romney! Romney is a pro-lifer who believes life starts at conception (he vetoed an emergency contraception bill in Massachusetts because of that). In general, he does not believe in abortion. But when it comes to his son Tagg and daughter-in-law Jen, then things are a wee bit different. Apparently Mittens' son gave himself the right to abort any fetuses in the surrogate mother who just gave birth to the couple's twins.

TMZ is reporting that Mitt's son, Tagg, who recently had twins through a surrogate, signed an "abortion clause" in the contract with the surrogate. The abortion clauses gave the surrogate the right to abort the fetus or fetuses in case her health was in danger. It read:

If in the opinion of the treating physician or her independent obstetrician there is potential physical harm to the surrogate, the decision to abort or not abort is to be made by the surrogate.

And the clause gave Tagg and Jen the right to abort in other cases, such as if the fetus wasn't healthy or there were too many of them.

The clause also read:

In the event the child is determined to be physiologically, genetically or chromosomally abnormal, the decision to abort or not to abort is to be made by the intended parents.  In such a case the surrogate agrees to abort, or not to abort, in accordance with the intended parents' decision ... Any decision to abort because of potential harm to the child, or to reduce the number of fetuses, is to be made by the intended parents.

Romney helped pay for his son's surrogate (whom the couple used once before), so indirectly he could have been responsible for an abortion if things had gone wrong. Not that Tagg necessarily would have aborted any fetuses, even if they were horribly deformed or there were 20 of them, but he still had the option. You know, the choice?
 
While Romney has said he's in favor of abortion being legal in the case of the health of the mother being jeopardized, his long track record of flip-flopping on the subject, as well as his backing of some proposals that would outlaw abortion even in the case of rape or incest, make me wonder if Mitt would try to ban all abortion.
 
But his stance is so all over the place, it's hard to tell sometimes how he really feels. He also said recently that abortion was all up to the courts. Tagg's lawyer says that the clause about the right to abort fetuses was supposed to have been taken out, but everyone forgot about it. Errr ... that's convenient.
 
Well, at least Tagg and Jen had their options in case anything went wrong. Women in the future may not fare as well.
 
Do you think Mitt is being hypocritical here?
 
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2012 election, abortion

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audri... audrinasmommy7

First of all, how is this hypocritical if this was a contract between his SON and the surrogate mother? Even if he paid for it, his son is allowed to have different beliefs, I certainly have different beliefs than my parents. Second of all, this is NOT the most important issue at hand here. Mitt's primary concern is not to ban abortion it's to fix this mess of an economy. I highly doubt as soon as be became president that would be his first action...that sounds sooo realistic. He is gonna try to take care of the economy first before anything else. Trust me, banning abortion is not at the top of the priority list right now.

Deann... Deanna2872

I'm pretty sure Mitt Romney didn't sign the contract between his son and their surrogate, right? It's just silly to even try to call someone a hypocrite for something they aren't even directly involved in. Good grief-



Now, if you want to talk about hypocritical politicians...how about a congress and President that create and force a health care act upon the citizens of the United States, while specifically EXEMPTING themselves from it? Everyone else is mandated to comply, must participate! Except for those who created it.

Hmmm. Sounds like a bunch of hypocrites to me. What would you call it Kiri? Would you say President Obama is a hypocrite for forcing this act on the American people, while exempting himself and his family from participating? How about congress? Are they hypocrites? If not, what WOULD you call that little move?

bills... billsfan1104

Grasping at straws. And I would like to know who leaked a personal contract out to TMZ. This has nothing to do with Mitt Romney

bills... billsfan1104

What is sad is that you took a beautiful situation and tried to turn it into an ugly thing. You should be ashamed.

early... earlybird11

Wait. where is your proof he helped pay for it ??? Just wondering cuz I didn't see a link ... Asssss usual . Keep grasping though

SickO... SickOfMorons

Why would Mitt read the contract? His son and daughter-in-law were trying to have a family. He wanted to help them, like any grandfather would. All he needed to know was that his kid needed his help. 

TMK919 TMK919

Ugh! If it wasn't for bloggers like Jenny Erikson, (sp?) I would never visit this site again. The contract had nothing to do with Mitt, other than a poppy trying to help his family. If I needed a surrogate and my parents helped pay for it, that would be the end of their involvement. I highly doubt a loving father had any input in the contract. And hey, children don't always have the same views as the parents. Case and point- both my parents are very liberal and I am very conservative. So STFU and try and find something that WILL impact the way I vote. Right now I'm Romney/Ryan 2012 all the way!

TMK919 TMK919

And where are all the liberals posting on this? Any post leaning to the right is full of Obama Zombie (Awesome book fyi) posters, yet nothing pro BHO on things like this!

jagam... jagamama0710

TMK919 - Uh...because this has nothing to do with Obama...? I am liberal and posted. I said it was a non-issue. At least one other left-leaning person said the same thing. 

SickO... SickOfMorons

I posted and I lean left. Mitt was a dad helping his kid, nothing more!

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