Megyn Kelly Thinks Romney Support For "Personhood" Is No Big Deal?
Reported by Priscilla - November 6, 2011 -
While the GOP was fond of painting Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry of being a flip flopper, the Democrats are now able to do the same with GOP presidential primary candidate Mitt Romney, many of whose positions have changed over the years. He seems to have gone 180 degrees on a woman's right to an abortion. Back when he was governor of Massachusetts he said, "Let me make this very clear: I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose." Flash forward to 2011 and Mitt Romney is supporting "personhood" amendments (life begins at conception) to state laws. The progressive (just kidding) state of Mississippi will be voting on such a radical anti-choice law on Tuesday. Democrats are, quite correctly, pointing out his change of position. In a new ad, the DNC has video of Romney, on Mike Huckabee's show, saying that, as MA governor, he would have "absolutely" signed an amendment defining life as beginning at conception. This is spliced into comments from those opposed to the radical MS "personhood" amendment. So pretty straightforward. But Fox News' Megyn Kelly doesn't understand why the Democrats are so upset. And neither does GOP presidential primary candidate Rick Santorum whose chat with Megyn Kelly, during Friday's "America Live," was just one happy GOP love fest.
Kelly's interview with Santorum was basically an extended campaign promotion. There was happy talk about how Rick Santorum has visited all 99 counties in Iowa. While Kelly referenced Santorum's low poll numbers she didn't mention how, during Rick's journey, he spoke of fun stuff - you know - about "removing liberal federal appeals court judges, defunding Planned Parenthood, kicking openly gay soldiers out of the military and seeking a constitutional ban on abortions." Rather, Santorum talked about "working hard" and "building among activists." She and Santorum chatted about how the "finger pointing" in the GOP, re the Herman Cain controversy, isn't helping the GOP. Santorum said that he didn't get any questions about Cain during his travels. (Some scripted Republican rehab here?)
She then mentioned a "shift" from "the DNC coming out new and attacking Mitt Romney for backing a would be constitutional amendment defining life at conception in connection with this Mississippi ballot initiative." Kelly asked Santorum if he believed that the DNC was "making a mistake by trying to inject the issue of abortion on a more prominent scale in this election." Santorum boosted his radical right wing bona fides by stating that it wouldn't hurt Romney at all and affirmed his support for this amendment. He said that this will help Romney and professed not to know the objective of the Democrats. Kelly continued the confusion with the comment that "I'm gonna guess, I don't know what their motivation is." She laughed when she continued "they seem genuinely upset about it"
Comment: Dem. If Megyn Kelly doesn't understand why Democrats would be "upset," Congressional Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz gets it. On Friday she told reporters this regarding Romney's support for "personhood.": “For the vast majority of Americans, including people on both sides of the abortion issue, this is an extreme and radical step. And it’s the latest example of just how out of touch the Republican Party has become. "What Republicans should be concerned about is working with President Obama and Democrats across the country to help create jobs; not creating more ways to put women’s health at risk. We’re seeing support for this dangerous approach from top leaders in the Republican Party including Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney. The same Mitt Romney who—today the Washington Post reported—in 2002 while seeking pro-choice activist support for governor promised that in Massachusetts he would protect a woman’s right to choose."
It's clear that Romney's former pro-choice position has morphed into a radical anti-choice one. Why wouldn't and why shouldn't this be an issue for the Democratic party which supports a woman's right to choose. In addition to criminalizing abortion, "personhood" laws would outlaw certain types of birth control and IVF. Physicians would be reluctant to intervene in an ectopic pregnancy lest they be accused of murder. Miscarriages could be investigated. There are no exceptions for rape and incest. You'd think that Kelly, an attorney, could have mentioned the ramifications of this type of law that Romney, who once supported choice, is now embracing. She could have mentioned Romney's flip flop. But rather, she laughed.
So yeah, Megyn. It's so funny that women are concerned that their bodies will become police states thanks to a formerly pro-choice candidate for president. But then gals like you never did have to worry when abortion was illegal. Poor women, not so much. It's so funny I forgot to laugh. Inject the issue of abortion? To quote "Team America," fuck yeah!