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

Say What!? 24

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