Women Need to Remember the Real Mitt Romney on November 6

Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally Saturday, Oct. 13, 201
Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Portsmouth, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

What a week for women and their families.

Last week, Gov. Romney told The Des Moines Register editorial board that "there is no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda."

Even Romney and his team realized pretty quickly those words weren't credible.

Within a couple of hours, Romney's spokeswoman said, "Gov. Romney would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life." The next day, Romney told supporters at a campaign rally, "I'll be a pro-life president." Then, on Thursday night, at the vice-presidential debate, Romney's running mate Paul Ryan said a Romney administration would be opposed to abortion in all cases other than rape, incest or where the life of the mother was in danger.

Perhaps Gov. Romney's ed-board prep should have included a look at the talking points he has laid out throughout his presidential campaign, which repeatedly states his plan to put politicians in between a woman and her doctor when medical decisions need to be made.

Before women and their families decide whether to vote for Mitt Romney for president this November, they should think long and hard about which anti-choice actions he plans to pursue if elected to the White House:

Overturning Roe v. Wade is part of Romney's agenda. The next president could nominate enough Supreme Court justices to determine the future of Roe. And Romney has said, "I hope to appoint justices for the Supreme Court that will follow the law and the constitution. And it would be my preference that they reverse Roe v. Wade..."

Blocking women's access to birth control is also part of his agenda. Romney has said he would eliminate Title X family-planning programs.

This election, voters will be faced with a clear choice: an administration that will protect women's privacy and personal health-care decisions, or one that allows politicians to make those choices for them.

We saw Mitt Romney tell lie after lie about his policy proposals at the first presidential debate. And now he is doing it again on the campaign trail. Women and their families need to know the truth about the Romney-Ryan ticket. And, those who want an end to the War on Women need to vote for President Obama, whose leadership supports, rather than threatens, their reproductive rights.