Why I vetoed contraception bill

Why I vetoed contraception bill

By Mitt Romney | July 26, 2005

YESTERDAY I vetoed a bill that the Legislature forwarded to my desk. Though described by its sponsors as a measure relating to contraception, there is more to it than that. The bill does not involve only the prevention of conception: The drug it authorizes would also terminate life after conception.

Signing such a measure into law would violate the promise I made to the citizens of Massachusetts when I ran for governor. I pledged that I would not change our abortion laws either to restrict abortion or to facilitate it. What’s more, this particular bill does not require parental consent even for young teenagers. It disregards not only the seriousness of abortion but the importance of parental involvement and so would weaken a protection I am committed to uphold.

I have spoken with medical professionals to determine whether the drug contemplated under the bill would simply prevent conception or whether it would also terminate a living embryo after conception. Once it became clear that the latter was the case, my decision was straightforward. I will honor the commitment I made during my campaign: While I do not favor abortion, I will not change the state’s abortion laws.

I understand that my views on laws governing abortion set me in the minority in our Commonwealth. I am prolife. I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother. I wish the people of America agreed, and that the laws of our nation could reflect that view. But while the nation remains so divided over abortion, I believe that the states, through the democratic process, should determine their own abortion laws and not have them dictated by judicial mandate.

Because Massachusetts is decidedly prochoice, I have respected the state’s democratically held view. I have not attempted to impose my own views on the prochoice majority.


Hurray for the Gov. - Gov. Pataki - are you reading this?

This is the type of integrity that we should expect from those we vote for. :dancing:

I have been highly skeptical of Mitt Romney on his changing abortion views. I was not certain if he was truly sincere in his belief or if he was getting ready for the 2008 Republican primary.

Reading the op-ed piece by Mitt Romney has increased my respect for him. Thanks for the link.

(I am still skeptical, but not as much as before)

I am prolife. I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother.

:confused: Maybe he should have said selectively pro-life. He sounds just like the liberal ‘pro-choicers’ with that line. :frowning: At least he took a stand, though. That, at least, is a plus. Guess it’s as good as can be expected for Mass.? (No offense to anyone who lives there, of course.)

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