“Many, many years ago, I had a dear, close family relative that was very close to me who passed away from an illegal abortion. It is since that time that my mother and my family have been committed to the belief that we can believe as we want, but we will not force our beliefs on others on that matter. And you will not see me wavering on that”.
This was no sound bite. It was a poignant, personal story, and Romney was telling it to connect with pro-choice voters on a gut level. He was showing them that he had felt the pain of criminalized abortion and for that reason could be trusted to keep abortion legal. He looked completely sincere. You can watch the video here.
Now watch the video of Romney 13 years later, appearing on Meet the Press as a pro-life presidential candidate.
... Was Romney telling the truth in 1994 when he described how Ann Keenan’s death had shaken his family? Or was he telling the truth in 2007 when he told Tim Russert that abortion was only theoretical to him until he became governor? How can you forget or minimize something you portrayed as so wrenching? How can one man be real unless the other is acting?
“I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time that my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a US Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.”
(The Boston Globe, 3/2/06)
“When I am asked if I am pro-choice or pro-life, I say I refuse to accept either label.”(The Salt Lake Tribune, 2/14/99)
“I will preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose, and am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard.”(Suffolk University, Boston, MA, 10/29/02)
“As a pro-life Republican I am in favor of the Supreme Court overturning Roe V. Wade.”“The right next step in the, in the fight to preserve the sanctity of life is to see Roe v. Wade overturned.”– Romney, Dec. 16, 2007.