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Romney does flip-flop and forces Catholic hospitals to distribute morning-after-pill [2005]
Lifesite News ^ | December 9, 2005 | Gudrun Schultz

Posted on 01/31/2008 11:37:43 AM PST by AFA-Michigan

BOSTON -– In a shocking turn-around, Massachusetts’s governor Mitt Romney announced yesterday that Roman Catholic and other private hospitals in the state will be forced to offer emergency contraception to sexual assault victims under new state legislation, regardless of the hospitals’ moral position on the issue.

The Republican governor had earlier defended the right of hospitals to avoid dispensing the “morning-after pill” on the grounds of moral dissent. The Boston Globe reported that Romney’s flip on the issue came after his legal counsel, Mark D. Nielsen, concluded Wednesday that the new law supersedes a preexisting statute related to the abortifacient pill.

The pill, a high dose of hormones, acts as an abortifacient by preventing a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterine wall, thereby causing the death of the child.

The Department of Public Health issued a statement earlier in the week allowing hospitals to dissent from the new law, under a previous statute that protects private hospitals from being forced to provide abortion services or contraceptives.

Daniel Avila, associate director for policy and research for the Massachusetts Catholic Conference, said yesterday in an interview with the Boston Globe that Catholic hospitals still have legal grounds to avoid providing the pill, despite the new legislation. The new bill did not expressly repeal the original law protecting the rights of Catholic facilities.

“As long as that statute was left standing, I think those who want to rely on that statute for protection for what they’re doing have legal grounds.” (Boston Globe)

The Conference has been fighting this new legislation for several years. In 2003, in a statement to the Joint Committee on Health Care, they outlined their concern over the proposed Emergency Contraception Access Act (ECAA), stating: “It will force Catholic medical personnel to distribute contraceptives even in cases involving the risk of early abortion. It also furthers a national strategy ultimately directed towards coercing Catholic facilities to provide insurance coverage for, and to perform, abortions.”

The governor’s turnaround is especially unexpected since Romney has been presenting himself as a conservative on social issues in anticipation of a possible run for the presidency in 2008. This decision will certainly undermine the credibility of his conservatism with Republican Party members that may have been inclined to support him up to now.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; catholic; catholichospitals; conscienceclause; massachusetts; morningafterpills; romney
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Note the date on the Lifesite News story above, coming one year AFTER the stem cell discussion during which Romney professes to have finally realized -- at age 57, after 40 million legal abortions in his adult lifetime -- that Roe v. Wade had cheapened respect for human life.
1 posted on 01/31/2008 11:37:46 AM PST by AFA-Michigan
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To: AFA-Michigan

WBUR Radio, December 9, 2005:

http://realserver.bu.edu:8080/ramgen/w/b/wbur/wburnews/2005/me_1209_2.rm

Two things to listen for:

1. Romney explaining what he believes “in my heart of hearts.”

2. The Massachusetts Citizens for Life spokesman publicly criticizing Romney, notable since only a year later — after receiving a $15,000 contribution from Romney — it was Mass Cits for Life who “saw the light” and thereafter signed a letter saying how “pro-life” Romney is.


2 posted on 01/31/2008 11:38:05 AM PST by AFA-Michigan
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To: AFA-Michigan

“The governor’s turnaround is especially unexpected since Romney has been presenting himself as a conservative on social issues in anticipation of a possible run for the presidency in 2008. This decision will certainly undermine the credibility of his conservatism with Republican Party members that may have been inclined to support him up to now.”


3 posted on 01/31/2008 11:38:30 AM PST by AFA-Michigan
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To: AFA-Michigan

Self bumping will put hair on your palms and make you go blind. (At least that is what I’ve heard.)


4 posted on 01/31/2008 11:39:26 AM PST by listenhillary (A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.)
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To: listenhillary

LMAO!


5 posted on 01/31/2008 11:39:46 AM PST by Constitution Day (Ray Smuckles for President)
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To: AFA-Michigan

Gee, I thought that Mr. Romney was a convinced pro-LIFER by the end of 2005.

Guess he’s just a convinced pro-ROMNEYER.

And folks want me to vote for this fraud?


6 posted on 01/31/2008 11:42:12 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: AFA-Michigan
The Boston Globe reported that Romney’s flip on the issue came after his legal counsel, Mark D. Nielsen, concluded Wednesday that the new law supersedes a preexisting statute related to the abortifacient pill.

So, Governor Romney's good-faith effort to comply with the law is somehow non-conservative??

Was he supposed to flaunt the law and impose his own beliefs on the state? I thought that we conservatives look down on such behavior, at least when a liberal does it.

Mitt consulted with his attorney and tried his best to follow the law. That's a trait I want in the President of the US.

7 posted on 01/31/2008 11:43:25 AM PST by TChris ("if somebody agrees with me 70% of the time, rather than 100%, that doesn’t make him my enemy." -RR)
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To: AFA-Michigan

As a Catholic I certainly wish the Catholic organizations would have been just as concerned about the born and the molestation they suffered at the hands of Boston area priests. The morning after pill seems to pale in comparison but the Catholic Church just rolled over on the rights of the born.


8 posted on 01/31/2008 11:44:24 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Voted for Fred but now for Mitt. Huck sucks and McCain's deranged.)
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To: AFA-Michigan

A long list of Mitt flip flops was posted on MSDNC this am.

It’s here:

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/01/30/624574.aspx

Scroll down to the words: “No matter how much he spends Mitt can’t fun from his record. He is not honest and he is a conservative only in presidenbtial elections.”


9 posted on 01/31/2008 11:44:53 AM PST by freespirited (The worst Republican is far preferable to the best Democrat.)
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To: AFA-Michigan

He approved it for sexual assault victims, good for him.

Anyone knows how long it took for Reagan to change some of his democratic views to republican views?


10 posted on 01/31/2008 11:44:58 AM PST by psjones (u)
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To: AFA-Michigan
Didn't you read your own article? It says the new bill does not repeal the existing bill. Nothing was changed. Catholic hospitals can still opt out. Geez.
11 posted on 01/31/2008 11:46:07 AM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: AFA-Michigan

No problem..........close down the hospitals. When the government tries to tell a business what they have to do, shut it down.


12 posted on 01/31/2008 11:46:18 AM PST by RC2
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To: AFA-Michigan

13 posted on 01/31/2008 11:46:21 AM PST by counterpunch (McCain/Kennedy '08)
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To: TChris
So, Governor Romney's good-faith effort to comply with the law is somehow non-conservative??

It would see that some would equate his position to forcing abortion pills down the throats of expectant mothers. People get emotional and quit thinking sometimes.

He has clearly stated, over and over again, he IS prolife, but respects the law.

14 posted on 01/31/2008 11:46:34 AM PST by chaos_5 (The Republic is doomed!)
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To: Constitution Day
This story is one of the prime examples of Romney caving when criticized by his liberal lieutenant governor and the Boston Globe.

He has no backbone and won't keep a promise if the media puts pressure on him.

15 posted on 01/31/2008 11:46:45 AM PST by JohnnyZ ("Make all the promises you have to" -- Mitt Romney)
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To: AFA-Michigan

Get educated. The “morning after pill” is not an abortion. It prevents pregnancy.


16 posted on 01/31/2008 11:47:27 AM PST by Saundra Duffy
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To: TChris

Sorry I can’t vote for someone that follows the law. (/sarcasm)

Good catch.


17 posted on 01/31/2008 11:47:30 AM PST by Domandred (McCain's 'R' is a typo that has never been corrected)
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To: AFA-Michigan

It is also used in rape cases to protect the victims. Again, the “morning after pill” is not an abortion. This is sad.


18 posted on 01/31/2008 11:48:59 AM PST by Saundra Duffy
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To: TChris

“Was he supposed to flaunt the law and impose his own beliefs on the state?”

This proves mitt will do nothing to work on abortion he will always use existing law as an excuse and does not care enough to spend any political capital on the issue..


20 posted on 01/31/2008 11:49:18 AM PST by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: AFA-Michigan
Shame on you.

John McCain has done more to hurt the pro-life movement than most other human beings alive.

McCain fought AGAINST the Wisconsin right to life case before the SUPREME COURT LAST YEAR.

McCain/Fiengold is the single biggest threat to the pro-life movement right now.

You haters need to wake up.
21 posted on 01/31/2008 11:49:53 AM PST by elizabetty ("Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." .Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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To: chaos_5

“He has clearly stated, over and over again, he IS prolife, but respects the law.”

Which as a chickes&^% position...


22 posted on 01/31/2008 11:50:02 AM PST by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: TChris

Postings like this make me question the pro-life movement. They are as ruthless and unprincipled as the NOW crowd. Any means huh???


23 posted on 01/31/2008 11:50:16 AM PST by sickoflibs (Are libs really as dumb as they act??(maybe they just assume we are that dumb))
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To: Saundra Duffy

AFA-Michigan (On a mission from god)


24 posted on 01/31/2008 11:51:03 AM PST by listenhillary (A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.)
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To: AFA-Michigan

This guy should be doing tricks in a high-wire circus act or making mega bucks as high paid attorney for criminal celebrities, not running for President of the United States.


25 posted on 01/31/2008 11:51:42 AM PST by Earthdweller
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To: TChris; AFA-Michigan
So, Governor Romney's good-faith effort to comply with the law is somehow non-conservative??

Was he supposed to flaunt the law and impose his own beliefs on the state? I thought that we conservatives look down on such behavior, at least when a liberal does it.

It seems that many of the pro-life "conservatives" want presidents and governors to ignore the law and rule by decree. Did they like it when Bill Clinton did that? Mitt governed as conservatively as possible given that he was Governor of Massachusetts, the only state to vote for McGovern in 1972. People get all bent out of shape that he appointed some Democrat liberal judges to some of the courts in Massachusetts. Well he had to get his appointees approved by the state legislature. There's no way the state senate would approve a strict constructionist.

26 posted on 01/31/2008 11:52:01 AM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: TChris
So, Governor Romney's good-faith effort to comply with the law is somehow non-conservative??

Romney did not raise any legal objection to exempting Catholic hospitals until after he was criticized by his liberal Lt Gov and the Boston Globe.

But I'm sure it's just a coincidence of timing that right after Kerry Healey & Ellen Macnamara went ballistic on him, his lawyer just happened to decide that what was legal yesterday was illegal today.

27 posted on 01/31/2008 11:52:03 AM PST by JohnnyZ ("Make all the promises you have to" -- Mitt Romney)
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To: AFA-Michigan

28 posted on 01/31/2008 11:52:13 AM PST by elizabetty ("Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." .Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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To: AFA-Michigan; TChris; JohnnyZ; Domandred

You really leave out a lot of imformation to make your sick case!

“Why I vetoed contraception bill,” The Boston Globe, 7/26/2005)
http://www.boston.com/yourlife/health/women/articles/2005/07/26/why_i_vetoed_contraception_bill/


29 posted on 01/31/2008 11:52:15 AM PST by restornu
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To: Saundra Duffy

You are correct it is a birth control pill. The idiocy on here can be amazing at times.


30 posted on 01/31/2008 11:52:19 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Voted for Fred but now for Mitt. Huck sucks and McCain's deranged.)
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To: Abbeville Conservative
As a Catholic I certainly wish the Catholic organizations would have been just as concerned about the born and the molestation they suffered at the hands of Boston area priests. The morning after pill seems to pale in comparison but the Catholic Church just rolled over on the rights of the born.

So, the Church should just shut up? Give me a break!

31 posted on 01/31/2008 11:52:23 AM PST by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: listenhillary; Saundra Duffy; AFA-Michigan
AFA-Michigan (On a mission from god)

You really ought to capitalize the name of the deity.

32 posted on 01/31/2008 11:53:19 AM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: AFA-Michigan
Yep.... typical "burning bosom" for Mitt's latest version of the "truth".....

as he needs it to be revised /sarc

33 posted on 01/31/2008 11:53:22 AM PST by pointsal (q)
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To: AFA-Michigan

There are many Conservatives that don’t agree with the Catholic rather extreme position on birth control. To offer the morning after pill is good prevention. I have no problem with PREVENTING a pregnancy.


34 posted on 01/31/2008 11:53:35 AM PST by madison10
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To: TChris; AFA-Michigan
Mitt consulted with his attorney and tried his best to follow the law.

Why didn't he do this BEFORE he signed the law?

35 posted on 01/31/2008 11:53:38 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: JohnnyZ

He would probably be more liberal than McCain in a general election. At least McCain hasn’t proposed state run health care.

disclosure: I am voting for that Huckleberry guy (in protest of the two leading RINOs)


36 posted on 01/31/2008 11:53:42 AM PST by bluebeak
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To: AFA-Michigan
One thing that all you non-Gay Staters need to understand about Massachusetts during Romney’s tenure as Governor is that both houses of our State Legislature have been 90% RAT controlled for years now.While governor Romney did’nt have a lick of power....the state was run by the RAT legislature.
37 posted on 01/31/2008 11:54:11 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Wanna see how bad it can get? Elect Hillary and find out.)
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To: AFA-Michigan

I read all the posts here. Based on the article, Romney got legal advice from his attorney. He did not get a court mandate. I think if he was as passionate as he claims, he would have told his attorney to take it to court. I want to see a court in the United States tell a private Catholic Hospital that they are forced to provide abortions or the morning after pill and settle it with the Supreme court once and for all. I know the article states that the Catholic Church remains exempt, but as much as I am happy to know that, why should a Baptist or any other Church NOT be exempt. He should have fought it.


38 posted on 01/31/2008 11:54:15 AM PST by Integrityrocks
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To: JohnnyZ

You didn’t read the article did you?


39 posted on 01/31/2008 11:54:27 AM PST by madison10
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To: AFA-Michigan

Even Ronald Reagan changed positions during his lifetime. He wasn’t always a Republican.


40 posted on 01/31/2008 11:54:28 AM PST by tallyhoe
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To: Abbeville Conservative; Saundra Duffy
You are correct it is a birth control pill. The idiocy on here can be amazing at times.

No, you are defending the indefensible. One of the ways the morning after pill (as well as all forms of chemical contraception) works is making the uterine wall unfavorable for the implantation of an embryo that has already been conceived.

41 posted on 01/31/2008 11:54:42 AM PST by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

You never read the fine print, eh, genius! No personal attacks!


43 posted on 01/31/2008 11:56:54 AM PST by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: madison10
There are many Conservatives that don’t agree with the Catholic rather extreme position on birth control.

It's a First Amendment thing.The open contempt that our politicians have for Catholics....*real* Catholics (as opposed to KennedyCatholics)....is nauseating.

44 posted on 01/31/2008 11:57:31 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Wanna see how bad it can get? Elect Hillary and find out.)
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To: Saundra Duffy; AFA-Michigan
Again, the “morning after pill” is not an abortion.

YES it is, it prevents implantation of the fertilized egg.

And don't talk about Mormon bashing or anything like that, because this has ALWAYS been the pro-life position.

45 posted on 01/31/2008 11:57:38 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

So, it’s only abortion after implantation? Ha!


46 posted on 01/31/2008 11:57:40 AM PST by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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To: madison10

That’s fine. You don’t have to agree with the Catholic position on birth control (although this is abortion we are talking about) so don’t go to a Catholic or religious based hospital for your abortion pills and don’t try to force them to provide them. If all the private religious based hospitals in the US closed their doors it would crush the health industry like a bug.


47 posted on 01/31/2008 11:57:48 AM PST by Integrityrocks
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To: N3WBI3
Look, get real for a second. The President, or a Governor does not make the law. The legislators do. The people elect legislators to (hopefully) do their will. It is a sad fact that some states want very liberal abortion laws and others do not. Unfortunately Roe v Wade has forced abortion on all states. The only way to fix this is through the courts. Romney will support the right kind of justices to make that happen. The next step is to change the hearts and minds of the people so they will elect legislators that will make laws that are pro life.

This is Romney's position, and it is the right coarse of action.

48 posted on 01/31/2008 11:58:22 AM PST by chaos_5 (The Republic is doomed!)
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To: Abbeville Conservative; Pyro7480
It’s not abortion you idiot.

So what term would you use for KILLING a fertilized egg?

49 posted on 01/31/2008 11:58:40 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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It is abortion. Name calling won’t change that.


50 posted on 01/31/2008 11:59:05 AM PST by Integrityrocks
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