Focusing its political laser-beam on Mitt Romney, the Democrat Party is accusing the top-tier presidential candidate of supporting a Mississippi ballot measure defining life as beginning at conception.“
Mitt Romney has clearly decided that the right-wing of his party is more important than the pro-choice wing and he has decided to throw them under the bus,” said Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
Next week, Mississippi voters will consider the “personhood” amendment, a measure that defines personhood as beginning at the moment an egg is fertilized. The vote, it is widely agreed, carries significant consequences for abortion and birth control.
In a recent appearance on Mike Huckabee’s Fox News Show, Mr. Romney responded “absolutely” when asked whether he would support a constitutional amendment defining life as beginning at conception — an answer Mrs. Wasserman Schultz interpreted as supporting the personhood amendment.
“We’re seeing support for this dangerous approach from leaders in the Republican Party, including Mitt Romney,” she said.
The DNC is aiming at a political liability for Mr. Romney, who, while running for Massachusetts governor, promised pro-choice advocates he would support their cause but now says he is pro-life.
Promoted by Personhood USA, the personhood measure has been rejected in Colorado and is also being pushed in Ohio, Texas and Kansas.
The measure divides pro-life advocates, who disagree on its usefulness to their cause.
It is supported by the American Family Association, the Family Research Council and the gubernatorial candidates for both parties in Oklahoma, but the National Right to Life and the Catholic Church have expressed concern that it could be counterproductive.