During last night’s debate, John King tossed what he apparently thought was a softball question to Mitt Romney about a decision the latter made as Governor of Massachusetts concerning Catholic hospitals:
Governor Romney, both Senator Santorum and Speaker Gingrich have said during your tenure as governor, you required Catholic hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims … Governor, did you do that?
Romney replied as follows:
No, absolutely not. Of course not.
Romney is a liar.
He claimed to be against it, and even issued a potemkin veto of a bill passed by his legislature requiring such hospitals to do so. But, as the Boston Globe reported in 2005, he eventually executed another of his famous flip-flops:
Governor Mitt Romney reversed course on the state’s new emergency contraception law yesterday, saying that all hospitals in the state will be obligated to provide the morning-after pill to rape victims.
Don’t get suckered into thinking this is about whether rape victims should have access to the morning after pill. It’s about whether government has the power to force religious institutions to do things that undermine their own teachings.
President Obama and his creatures at HHS believe the government has this power. So does Mitt Romney. Both men have proven it through their actions. Both men continue to lie about their true positions.
Neither should be permitted to live in the White House after 2012.
[ht Quin Hillyer]