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Jane Romney: My Brother Won't Ban Abortion
National Journal ^ | August 29, 2012 | Naureen Khan

Posted on 08/29/2012 12:26:07 PM PDT by Hilda

Mitt Romney’s eldest sister, who has backed prominent Democrats for office and is in Tampa showing support for her brother, had some reassuring words Wednesday for women concerned about the Republican Party’s hard line on abortion.

Mitt Romney would never make abortions illegal as president, Jane Romney said when National Journal asked her about the subject after a “Women for Mitt” event. "He’s not going to be touching any of that,” she said. “It’s not his focus.”

Democratic warnings that abortion rights are under threat are an ungrounded fear tactic, Jane Romney said. “That’s what women are afraid of, but that’s conjured,” she said. “Personally, I don’t think abortion should be used as a football in the political arena.”

Democrats have not lacked fodder for their charges. Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who is running for the Senate, are among the many Republicans who oppose abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest. And the Republican platform adopted this week explicitly calls for a constitutional ban on abortion, saying that "the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed." It does not specify any exceptions.

But as Jane Romney put it, “Mitt’s much more in the middle” when it comes to abortion.

Mitt Romney has said he supports legal abortion in cases of rape and incest, and when the life of the mother is in danger. As for the fate of abortion rights, “Recognize this is the decision that will be made by the Supreme Court," he said in an interview with CBS News this week. "The Democrats try and make this a political issue every four years, but this is a matter in the courts. It's been settled for some time in the courts."

Jane Romney said she believes “life is sacred” and suggested those seeking abortion should be required to undergo counseling. But she also said that abortion should “absolutely” be safe and legal. “Every woman needs to be left to make her own choice,” she said.

A ban on abortion is “never going to happen” under a Romney administration, Jane Romney said. “Women would take to the streets. Women fought for our choice, we’re not going to go back."

Little is known about Jane Romney, who said she is an actress in Los Angeles, and she is not a presence on the campaign trail. Unlike Ann Romney and the Romney sons, she has not been deployed as a surrogate. According to a Romney biography by Ronald B. Scott, a journalist for Time in the 1970s and a distant cousin of the candidate, Jane Romney supported California Democratic candidates like Sen. Barbara Boxer and Gov. Jerry Brown.

Jane Romney said that her brother can empathize and understand women from all walks of life. She said that he was there for her when she went through a divorce and raised four teenagers on her own. “Mitt and Ann are the right people at the right time for this country,” she said.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: abortion; infanticide; janeromney; rino; romney; romneyfamily
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1 posted on 08/29/2012 12:26:12 PM PDT by Hilda
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To: Hilda

I wasn’t aware that the president could “ban abortion”.


2 posted on 08/29/2012 12:27:59 PM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: Hilda
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3 posted on 08/29/2012 12:28:34 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Hilda

“Mitt Romney’s eldest sister, who has backed prominent Democrats for office” I STOPPED reading RIGHT there!


4 posted on 08/29/2012 12:28:37 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Hilda

No president can ‘ban’ anything..........


5 posted on 08/29/2012 12:29:04 PM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: US Navy Vet

Mitt said he was pro-choice for the three exceptions plus health. Of course he isn’t going to ban it.


6 posted on 08/29/2012 12:29:49 PM PDT by Blogger
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To: Hilda

Sigh


7 posted on 08/29/2012 12:31:03 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Hilda
Mitt Romney would never make abortions illegal as president, Jane Romney

Unless he pulled an Obama (i.e. acting outside the powers of the President), he wouldn't be able to do this anyway.

Now, if she were to say, "My brother will vetoe any legislation that. . .", that's a different issue, as the President does have power to do that.

8 posted on 08/29/2012 12:31:10 PM PDT by MEGoody (You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Hilda

Romney is and always been Pro Baby Butchering.


9 posted on 08/29/2012 12:32:59 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: Hilda

When Romney campaign workers visited my liberal sister in Livonia she said they sounded more like Obama campaign workers with all their talk of protecting women’s reproductive health and not shoving granny off the cliff etc.


10 posted on 08/29/2012 12:34:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Hilda

Did, Reagan or W Bush ban abortion?

Okay, then.


11 posted on 08/29/2012 12:34:22 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: Hilda

He couldn’t if he wanted to. Ask him who he’ll put on the Court.

SnakeDoc


12 posted on 08/29/2012 12:34:22 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens, Justified)
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To: Hilda

Mitt Romney would never make abortions illegal as president

FUMR....Boy he just doesn’t even try. Good riddence to this critter.


13 posted on 08/29/2012 12:35:50 PM PDT by napscoordinator (2016 U.S. President Rick Santorum gave the best speech at the Convention! Congratulations)
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To: SnakeDoctor

Yes, because abortion should be #1 test, like y’all made it with Roberts.

Turned out well, no?


14 posted on 08/29/2012 12:36:05 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: US Navy Vet

“Mitt Romney’s eldest sister, who has backed prominent Democrats for office” I STOPPED reading RIGHT there!

She had to back her brother didn’t she????


15 posted on 08/29/2012 12:36:39 PM PDT by napscoordinator (2016 U.S. President Rick Santorum gave the best speech at the Convention! Congratulations)
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To: Hilda

Everything she said lines up with what he’s said.

He’s a judicial supremacist, anti-republican, anti-constitution, anti-God-given unalienable rights, pro-choice democrat.

Thinking people don’t need his sister to spell it out, either. Everything I said in the previous paragraph is easily discernible from the current statements on his own website.


16 posted on 08/29/2012 12:36:48 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (The saving of America starts the day Christians stop supporting what they say they hate.)
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To: Hilda

Oh my goodness. That settles it then - we’ll be better off with Obama.


17 posted on 08/29/2012 12:36:55 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Hugin
State issue or Constitutional Amendment. Not the Presidents whimsical decision.
18 posted on 08/29/2012 12:37:25 PM PDT by MaxMax
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To: Hilda

I don’t want a POTUS to ban abortion, that is not his job. I want a SCOTUS to over-turn Roe. Same with gay marriage, he needs to defend DOMA. that is it.

I am NOT looking for another King.

No I dont trust Romney but that is beside the point. Huckbee can go stick it. He LOVED spending others money in AK.


19 posted on 08/29/2012 12:38:04 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))
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To: snarkytart

Abortion is my number one issue!!!!!


20 posted on 08/29/2012 12:38:21 PM PDT by napscoordinator (2016 U.S. President Rick Santorum gave the best speech at the Convention! Congratulations)
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To: Hilda

I’m shocked!! I mean look at his record!! oh...um, ok I’m not so shocked.


21 posted on 08/29/2012 12:40:50 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: napscoordinator

Abortion is not going anywhere. Sorry. Educating people is how you stop abortion, and also not funding it.
But asking politicians to flat out ban it is as realistic as asking them to take away women’s right to vote. Its not gonna happen.
Do you think Romney will pass pro-choice policies?


22 posted on 08/29/2012 12:42:06 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: Hilda
Jane Romney: My Brother Won't Ban Abortion

She's right, he won't. That isn't an enumerated federal power. Per the 9th Amendment, it is up to the STATES to decide whether they want to ban it, and Roe v. Wade unconstitutionally establishes a new power for the FedGov: policing abortion.

Abortion is being beat back at the state level. We must focus on getting more power to the states. Sick as it is, I think Romney was being honest when he said that RomneyCare was OK for Mass, but not for the US. I think he was expressing the difference between state powers and federal powers.

23 posted on 08/29/2012 12:44:26 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (My game is disruption. I will use lethal force --my vote-- in self-defense against Obama.)
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To: Hilda
A ban on abortion is “never going to happen” under a Romney administration, Jane Romney said. “Women would take to the streets. Women fought for our choice, we’re not going to go back."

That's funny. I thought that Harry Blackmun and his pals on the SCOTUS created the "right" to abortion out of thin air in Roe v Wade. Had no idea that women (in meaningful numbers) had "fought" for it.

No surprise that this turkey hasn't been deployed as Mitt's surrogate. Let's hope they keep her on a short leash.
24 posted on 08/29/2012 12:45:05 PM PDT by irishjuggler
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To: Hilda

The President can’t wave a wand and ban abortion.


25 posted on 08/29/2012 12:45:30 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Eat Mor Chikin!)
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To: sickoflibs
I don’t want a POTUS to ban abortion, that is not his job. I want a SCOTUS to over-turn Roe. Same with gay marriage, he needs to defend DOMA. that is it. I am NOT looking for another King.

RIGHT ON!

26 posted on 08/29/2012 12:45:44 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (My game is disruption. I will use lethal force --my vote-- in self-defense against Obama.)
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To: Hilda

“Mitt Romney would never make abortions illegal as president, Jane Romney said when National Journal asked her about the subject after a “Women for Mitt” event. “He’s not going to be touching any of that,” she said. “It’s not his focus.” “

Translation:

Mitt Romney would never make abortions illegal as president, Jane Romney said when National Journal asked her about the subject after a “Women for Mitt” event. “He just had to support it by saying the right things to get the nomination,” she said. “Conservatives believed him! Ha!”


27 posted on 08/29/2012 12:48:06 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (Sorry, gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international. Gone.)
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To: napscoordinator
Abortion is my number one issue!!!!!

Then fight it at the state level, or fight to overturn Roe v Wade, the source of fedgov's unconstitutional power to force abortions on states.

Presidents do not overturn SCOTUS decisions. They put in justices that do that.

28 posted on 08/29/2012 12:48:06 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (My game is disruption. I will use lethal force --my vote-- in self-defense against Obama.)
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To: Hilda
"That’s what women are afraid of..."

Balderdash.

29 posted on 08/29/2012 12:49:03 PM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: backwoods-engineer

I’m thinking you’ve never even read the Ninth Amendment, much less understood it.

And you obviously don’t have a clue about the basis for this republic, which is the self-evident truth about equal God-given, unalienable rights, starting with the right to live.

Other than the supreme right, the right to life, which other of our God-given rights do you believe states can alienate if they want to?


30 posted on 08/29/2012 12:51:14 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (The saving of America starts the day Christians stop supporting what they say they hate.)
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To: Hilda
Moderates on this forum are playing games with semantics.

Of course he cannot ban abortion outright but he can reverse every pro abortion move Obama has made...and that is quite a lot.

I see a whole lot of anti freepers who are almost always soft on culture issues slinking back in...wonder if they still post at the alt sites with their vitriol for us and their cruel comments on JR

they have a lot of gall to cruise back in now with our uber moderate nominee and lecture us on shutting up on social issues

in case ya’ll missed it...I detest you...and you all know who you are

you may be able to fool freepers who just came on the last 4-5 years but the rest of us remember you

but if you are gonna be here acting like Romney walks on water you can at least donate to the freepathons...that would be a help

31 posted on 08/29/2012 12:51:51 PM PDT by wardaddy (this white hair don't cover up my redneck......)
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To: Hugin

“I wasn’t aware that the president could ‘ban abortion.’”

Exactly! But what he can do is appoint only Supreme Court judges who will overturn Roe v. Wade. Another way: Congress can take the issue out of the Court’s jurisdiction. This would put the issue back in the states, where it belongs under the Constitution.

States can do whatever they want with the abortion issue, under the Constitution (correctly read). Roe v. Wade invented things which are not in the Constitution, and should be ignored and overturned. It would be simple for a President just to say, we will not enforce Roe v. Wade. Unfortunately, no President has the guts to do this.


32 posted on 08/29/2012 12:52:35 PM PDT by docbnj
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To: alancarp
I don't believe in birth control, but that's for me. I don't see how anyone in this day and age becomes pregnant without wanting to, unless they are stupid. Birth control is abundant and cheap. Abortion should never happen, there is no need. Just don’;t get pregnant in the first place.
33 posted on 08/29/2012 12:52:48 PM PDT by defconw (IT'S ON NOW! ROMNEY/RYAN 2012)
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To: Hilda
Romney cant ban abortion but he CAN and WILL appoint liberal SC Justices to replace Kennedy and Scalia who will then never vote to repeal Roe for the next 40 years at least.

Kennedy and Scalia will never retire if Obama is reelected but these two almost assuredly will in the next eight years if Romney is elected.

Liberals appoint liberal SC Justices it not rocket science folks.

34 posted on 08/29/2012 12:53:00 PM PDT by montanajoe (Blame Flame Shame or Beg I won't vote for R/R)
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To: backwoods-engineer
Presidents do not overturn SCOTUS decisions. They put in justices that do that.

Unconstitutional court opinions don't change the chief executive's sacred obligation to God and his country to support and defend the Constitution of the United States one iota.

35 posted on 08/29/2012 12:53:45 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (The saving of America starts the day Christians stop supporting what they say they hate.)
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To: Hilda

Ryan needs to distance himself from Romney tonight so he can run effectively in 2016.


36 posted on 08/29/2012 12:54:02 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (I used to want to change the world. Now, I want to stop the world from changing me.)
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To: Hilda

http://www.pollingreport.com/abortion.htm

Gallup Poll. May 3-6, 2012. N=1,024 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 4.

“Do you think abortions should be legal under any circumstances, legal only under certain circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?”

Always legal 25%
Sometimes legal 52%
Always illegal 20%
Unsure 3%

I have no idea of the accuracy of this poll but the link has more results.


37 posted on 08/29/2012 12:54:04 PM PDT by soycd
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To: Hilda
I wonder if the gop calculated if there are more people who will vote for romney because he's ok with abortion vs pro-lifers he will lose. GOP/Romney walks the fence all the time, so he can say one thing and do another. Just like the platform and romney; it's all smoke and mirrors.

I appointed conservative judges. 75% of the judges he appointed were extremely pro-abortion & pro gay. That means 25% are conservative, so being the lawyer he is, technically he did appoint conservatives; but only 25%.

38 posted on 08/29/2012 12:55:52 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness)
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To: Hilda
Democrats REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENT, FOX NEWS AND REPUBLICAN RADIO AND MEDIA have not lacked fodder for their charges. Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who is running for the Senate, are among the many Republicans who oppose abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest. And the Republican platform adopted this week explicitly calls for a constitutional ban on abortion, saying that "the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed." It does not specify any exceptions.

better...Dems haven't had to say shite really

39 posted on 08/29/2012 12:56:26 PM PDT by wardaddy (this white hair don't cover up my redneck......)
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To: Hilda
"Women fought for our choice."

That line is getting quite old and dated. It bespeaks a time before science and technology. It dates a women's understanding to that of the mid- to early-20th Century when there was lack of sufficient visual and microscopic evidence that the earliest stage of human development is, in fact, a little person, not a blob of flesh which could be called by a nondescript word, "fetus," or, that the "fetus" is, in fact, a separate entity.

That line dates a woman's intellectual understanding to a time before cameras could record the actions of the little child in the womb, allowing them to see that child reacting to noises in the kitchen where dinner was being prepared, the child burping or sucking its thumb.

Indeed, the word "choice," as it applies to the question of life before the usual delivery time, is a unique and misleading term.

Why does the law declare a "right to choose" to be necessary and proper for women who, that same government insists, cannot possess an identical "right to choose" the school where that child, if delivered must receive its education?

That line leads one to wonder: what about the "choices" of all the millions of women who were aborted in the womb, when they were just tiny miracles of the Creator and endower of life and rights?

40 posted on 08/29/2012 1:00:10 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: snarkytart

Do you think Romney will pass pro-choice policies?

I don’t know if he will pass pro-choice policies but I do know he won’t put in conservatives on the Supreme Court.


41 posted on 08/29/2012 1:05:32 PM PDT by napscoordinator (2016 U.S. President Rick Santorum gave the best speech at the Convention! Congratulations)
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To: Hilda

I get so tired of hearing this “every woman should be able to make choices” B.S. If a woman doesn’t want to get pregnant, she should not engage in sexual activity at all, take the pill or have a hysterectomy.


42 posted on 08/29/2012 1:09:34 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Hilda

Just think if we could have fast forwarded 50 years. Stanley Ann Dunham, the leftist that she was, would undoubtedly have had an abortion instead of marrying an already married Kenyan exchange student...so there are cases where we all can agree that abortion would have been the preferable outcome.


43 posted on 08/29/2012 1:11:29 PM PDT by sanjuanbob
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To: defconw

Right - abortion is feminism’s symbol of women having power over men, but the insidious part is that the “need” for abortion requires women to be out of control and evading responsibility for their own actions - something men are routinely accused of.

If both men and women would own up to the responsibility of being adults, then ... well, actually I guess 2/3rds of the Democrat agenda goes away.


44 posted on 08/29/2012 1:11:49 PM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: Grams A

Spot on!


45 posted on 08/29/2012 1:12:43 PM PDT by defconw (IT'S ON NOW! ROMNEY/RYAN 2012)
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To: alancarp

Exactly! I have no children. But I did not marry until I was 43. I could have had children if I chose. I did not use the pill either. I used self control and good sense. I knew when I could get pregnant. I was not a virgin when I married but I was not a whore either.


46 posted on 08/29/2012 1:16:56 PM PDT by defconw (IT'S ON NOW! ROMNEY/RYAN 2012)
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To: snarkytart

Abortion is a consideration in nominations ... not the only consideration.

Roberts betrayed us, but gave no reason to think he would prior to the knife-in-the-back. There’s no accounting for cowardice.

SnakeDoc


47 posted on 08/29/2012 1:25:22 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens, Justified)
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To: Hugin; Hilda
>>>>I wasn’t aware that the president could “ban abortion”.

He can't. But guess what...no other GOP nominee would have either. Bush didn't. You can't replace the supreme court.

Politicians will never get rid of abortion. Only revival will.

48 posted on 08/29/2012 1:27:08 PM PDT by NELSON111
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To: Hugin; Hilda
>>>>I wasn’t aware that the president could “ban abortion”.

He can't. But guess what...no other GOP nominee would have either. Bush didn't. You can't replace the supreme court.

Politicians will never get rid of abortion. Only revival will.

49 posted on 08/29/2012 1:27:21 PM PDT by NELSON111
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To: Hilda
Little is known about Jane Romney, who said she is an actress in Los Angeles,

Another HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS??? I didn't know Mitt had a crackpot for a sister...

50 posted on 08/29/2012 1:52:14 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!)
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