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Obama To Reporter Asking About Contraception Ruling: 'Come On Guys' (VIDEO)

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First Posted: 02/10/2012 8:19 am Updated: 02/10/2012 10:01 am

President Obama shot down reporters pestering him for a comment on his controversial ruling on contraception during a Thursday photo op in the Oval Office.

Obama was meeting with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, but at least one reporter was not interested in debt crises or the future of the European Union.

"Is there anything on the contraception controversy that you can share with us?" he asked.

"Come on, guys," Obama shot back.

The ruling, which mandates that most religious employers pay for their workers' contraception, has suddenly become a political flashpoint, and the Obama administration is reportedly set to come up with a compromise sometime on Friday.

On Thursday's "Hardball," Chris Matthews played the footage of the encounter in the Oval Office.

Where Republicans stand on women's health issues.
Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.)
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Romney's position on abortion and other women's health issues switched from pro-choice to anti-choice during his term as governor from 2003 to 2007, and his record on choice-related issues is mixed. He vetoed a measure that would have allowed pharmacists to dispense emergency contraception without a prescription to rape victims, but he signed into law a measure to expand family planning services for low-income women and families in Massachusetts.

Romney was also one of the few GOP candidates who refused to sign the Susan B. Anthony List's pro-life pledge, because his camp said it could have some "potentially unforeseen consequences." But he believes abortion should only be legal in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother, and he said if he were president he would support the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

"This is not the time for the Republican Party to put up a candidate who is weak on the pro-life issue or has a history of flip-flopping over it," Bachmann said of Romney at a National Right to Life convention in June.

Romney said as president he would defund Planned Parenthood, and then took it even further saying he'd "get rid of that" altogether.
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Filed by Jack Mirkinson  |