FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24, 2012
Mitt Romney’s Failure to Withdraw Mourdock Endorsement Reminds Women What’s at Stake
Washington, D.C. - Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, criticized presidential hopeful Gov. Mitt Romney for not withdrawing his endorsement of Senate candidate Richard Mourdock for his extreme anti-choice position.
During last night’s Indiana Senate candidate debate forum, Mourdock declared that, “even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
Earlier today, Romney’s campaign responded to the controversy via a spokesperson saying that they did not agree with Mourdock’s comments—but stopped short of withdrawing support for his campaign.
“It is painfully clear that Mitt Romney places higher value in supporting his extreme anti-choice ally over supporting women who have survived a sexual assault,” Keenan said. “Romney’s failure to take a stand for women serves as a chilling reminder of what’s at stake in this election. Romney’s disingenuous attempt to distance himself from these outrageous comments is drowned out by TV ads still running touting his endorsement of Mourdock. Women will not be fooled by Mitt Romney: he cannot be trusted.”
This is not the first time Romney failed to stand up for women. Earlier this year, anti-choice radio personality, Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke “a slut” for supporting contraceptive coverage. Mitt Romney was criticized for the following weak response: “I'll just say this…It's not the language I would have used."
Read more information on Romney’s record on choice.
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