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Romney's 2002 Pro-Choice Pledge

The hits keep on coming for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.  After getting some good press recently, Jennifer Rubin of the Weekly Standard has a column that further damages Romney's attempts to run as the conservative alternative to John McCain:

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"In the spring of 2002 Romney completed a Planned Parenthood questionnaire. Signed by Romney and dated April 9, 2002, it contained these responses:

'Do you support the substance of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade? YES
Do you support state funding of abortion services through Medicaid for low-income women? YES
In 1998 the FDA approved the first packaging of emergency contraception, also known as the "morning after pill." Emergency contraception is a high dose combination of oral contraceptives that if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, can safely prevent a pregnancy from occurring. Do you support efforts to increase access to emergency contraception? YES'

Romney also completed the questionnaire of the National Abortion Rights Action League, or NARAL (now called NARAL Pro-Choice America), with this statement:

'I respect and will protect a woman's right to choose. This choice is a deeply personal one. Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not mine and not the government's ...'."'

Remember how big a deal it was when footage from the 1994 Ted Kennedy debate came out

Well, this Planned Parenthood questionnaire isn't for 1994 -- it's from 2002 ...

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