RomneyCare Funding FREE Abortions:
A Disqualifier for Mitt Romney’s Candidacy
By Amy L. Contrada
Posted March 7, 2012; revised May 3, 2012
RomneyCare offers “free” elective surgical abortions.
Mitt Romney was the enabler. He signed the law in 2006 – after his supposed pro-life conversion.
This is one way his government-dictated health plan is playing out. And he’s still proud of it. When he does touch on defects in his health plan, he never mentions abortion coverage as a problem. He’s either fine with it, or realizes he has to downplay it to get the conservative vote.
When the RomneyCare law was first implemented, there was a $50 copay for low-income women covered by Commonwealth Care (in Plan 2) – and possibly even a $0 copay for women at the lowest income level (in Plan 1) – for an elective surgical abortion. Since at least 2008 (and possibly before), online documents confirm that RomneyCare abortions for women in Plan 1 have been "free" – $0 copay (or $50 and $100 for those in Plans 2 and 3), and many of those covered pay no monthly premiums.
Whether or not the free or low-cost abortions were available prior to RomneyCare is beside the point. The question to ask is, why did a “pro-life” Governor sign a law including this “benefit”?
Of course, the abortions are not exactly free. We, the taxpayers cover the cost, whether we want to or not.
Amazingly, as overall RomneyCare costs and insurance premiums escalate, the abortion copay for low-income women remains $0 or a just a few dollars more! Why?
Because government health care is promoting abortion. This is really about “population control” by arrogant politicians and bureaucrat elites, righteously implementing Margaret Sanger’s eugenics dream. They don’t likeexcess people, especially if they’re “low income.”
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently shocked conservatives with her statement that, “The reduction in the number of pregnancies compensates for cost of contraception.” For such people, it’s an easy jump from contraception to abortion. Just think of all the health care that won’t have to be provided if a baby is disposed of before he’s born.
They view pregnancy (other than in their own families) as a negative health “condition.” It’s perfectly fine – and even enlightened – to see a baby as a cancer to be cut out and thrown into the hazardous waste bin.
To what extent does Mitt Romney fit in with that “enlightened” crowd? Possibly, he’s just motivated by his overweening ambition – to the point of not caring about anything other than going where he thinks the votes are. Whatever his motives, he cannot erase his severely pro-abortion record.
Romney’s pro-abortion timeline
Romney’s own record is clearly in support of “a woman’s right to choose” to kill her baby, and pro population control:
1992: Romney voted for “population-control fanatic” Paul Tsongas in the Democrat Presidential primary.
1994: In his U.S. Senate debate with Ted Kennedy, he said: "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time that my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a U.S. Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law [sic] for 20 years, that we should sustain and support it. And I sustain and support that law [sic] and the right of a woman to make that choice." (Video)
2002: In his campaign for Governor of Massachusetts, Romney told Planned Parenthood he supported Roe v. Wade, state-funded abortions for low-income women, insurance coverage of contraception, expanded availability of “emergency contraception” (the morning-after abortion pill), buffer zones around abortion clinics, and “age-appropriate sex education” in the schools. He also noted his support for the state law allowing a girl under 18 to bypass her parents and get a judge’s permission for an abortion. "I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose and am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard. I will not change any provisions of Massachusetts' pro-choice laws," he said in a debate. (See another of his unequivocal pledges in this video.) He picked a pro-abortion running mate for Lt. Governor.
Romney’s 2002 Planned Parenthood questionnaire.
2002-2006: As Governor, Romney never expressed religious-freedom concerns over the 2002 state law requiring employers to offer health insurance including contraception benefits. It was just a cost issue to him.
2004 (November 9): Romney claims he converted to a pro-life outlook following consideration of embryo and cloning research. (So, an abstraction supposedly woke him up on the human life issue? Yet, decades’ worth of descriptions of abortion techniques and graphic images of tiny babies torn limb from limb had not affected him?)
- July: Romney vetoed the “emergency contraception” (morning-after abortion pill availability) bill. His veto was overridden (as he knew it would be). But he had vetoed it not due to his new pro-life principles, but to stay true to his campaign promise not to change abortion laws as Governor.
- October: He contradicted his own veto, signing a bill to get a federal waiver to expand distribution of “emergency contraception” to low-income women (as he had promised Planned Parenthood he would do in 2002). “The administration did not publicize the waiver request. Yesterday, the governor’s communications director, Eric Fehrnstrom, suggested that the decision was not controversial.” Planned Parenthood praised the Governor for this act.
- December – Romney forced Catholic Hospitals to dispense “emergency contraception” (morning-after abortion pill). His pro-abortion Chief Legal Counsel, Mark Nielsen, provided cover for Romney’s 24-hour flip-flop (contradicting his own Department of Public Health).