FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2012
Statement on the New Hampshire Primary
Washington, D.C. – Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued the following statement regarding former Gov. Mitt Romney’s win in the Republican primary in New Hampshire.
“As former Gov. Romney continues to get attention on the national stage, we will ensure that Americans know that he is not a moderate alternative to the rest of the GOP candidates,” Keenan said. “Just recently Romney attempted to dismiss the issue of contraception during a nationally televised debate. Perhaps that’s because he doesn’t want moderate voters in battleground states to know he has threatened to eliminate a program that provides millions of low-income working Americans with access to contraception. Romney continues to reinforce how out of touch he is with our nation’s values and priorities.”
Romney already faces a credibility gap with voters. During his campaign for governor of Massachusetts, Romney pledged to uphold pro-choice laws. However, once he assumed office, he took anti-choice actions, including vetoing a bill giving rape survivors information about and timely access to emergency contraception. Recently, Romney endorsed a constitutional ban on abortion, a concept similar to a “personhood” measure that Mississippi voters rejected by a wide margin last November. The “personhood” measure also threatens to ban many forms of contraception.
For more information on Romney’s record on choice, please visit our website here.
In addition, NARAL Pro-Choice America recently released findings from a survey in key battleground states that shows that a key block of women voters is resistant to a candidate with extreme anti-choice views: http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/elections/elections-press-releases/2012/pr11092011_battleground-poll.html.