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Ann Romney Asks You To Consider Mitt’s ‘Character’ On Lady Issues — Not, You Know, Policy

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Ann RomneyAnn Romney did some good old-fashioned husband supporting on The View yesterday. After her husband Mitt Romney cancelled on the appearance, the campaign sent his wife, Ann Romney, to do some PR work. Since the Governor of Massachusetts seems to always stumble into trouble when it comes to lady issues (seriously, I’m considering going as a “binder full of women” for Halloween this year), Ann was seemingly called in to handle the highly treacherous: “women’s issues.” Personally, I find it concerning that the Republican candidate for President consistently needs to have women’s issues translated to him from his wife. What mumbo jumbo are these ladies talking about? Pay equity? Lilly Ledbetter whats-it? Ann, can you come here for a second! Handle this, will you?

Thankfully, Ann was as heartwarming as she was during her RNC speech. Until Joy Behar asked her if access to contraception and abortion was an economic issue. It was there that she pivoted from policy to discussing her husband’s “character.”

Ann, I love you, but you have to give us some policy to work with here because your husband sure isn’t.

The First Lady hopeful described herself as pro-life and “happy to say that.” While I do not share Ms. Romney’s view, I was impressed with her recognition that there are people of “good conscious” on both sides of the abortion issue. Not, you know, just baby killers. Ann also elaborated on her husband’s change of heart on abortion from originally being pro-choice to going pro-life when confronted with stem cell research as a governor:

“He could not have, on his conscience, creating human life for experimentation…”

From there, Ann says that her husband took to an op-ed to express his views, “coming out” as pro-life if you will.

But despite the mother of five being recruited to lock up the lady vote, she refused to answer the question that she in fact prompted. As those on the other side of aisle have a tendency to do, Ann Romney attempted to present women’s economic concerns as more important than contraception and abortion access:

“Four years ago there were a lot of other issues on the table. What I hear from women now is ‘help, please help’…If you really want to make a choice and those choices are about reproductive rights, that’s your choice.”

The economy is a very important issue — the biggest. But women’s job losses and financial woes are not mutually exclusive from birth control and abortion. For many, many women, the maintenance of their uterus is an economic issue. Whether it’s shelling out a couple hundred of dollars every month for birth control, getting their pap smears at their local Planned Parenthood, or simply being able to keep their fertility in check, all of these standard scenarios are money out of an American woman’s pocket — and that of American families.

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