"Put simply, women in America cannot trust Mitt Romney," Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-choice America told the cheering delegates at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night. But if what Romney's sister said last week about her brother's stand on abortion is accurate, pro-life Republicans might not want to trust him much, either.
"He's not going to be touching any of that. It's not his focus," Jane Romney, the candidate's eldest sister, said in a response to a question about abortion at a "Women for Mitt" event in Tampa. The Obama campaign has been running ads warning women that their "right to choose" is threatened by the Romney-Ryan ticket, but Jane Romney dismissed that as a political scare tactic, the National Journal reported.
"That's what women are afraid of, but that's conjured," she said. "Personally, I don't think abortion should be used as a football in the political arena." Though believing "life is sacred," she assigns a greater value to a woman's choice.
"Every woman needs to be left to make her own choice," she said, stating confidently that a ban on abortion is "never going to happen" during a Romney administration. "Women would take to the streets," she said. "Women fought for our choice; we're not going to go back."
Jane Romney, who said she is an actress in Los Angeles, has not been seen on the campaign trail and does not act as a surrogate for the candidate, the National Journal noted. How familiar she is with her brother's thinking on the subject of abortion and to what extent she may be reading her own convictions into it is open to question. But assurances to "pro-choice" women, offered by a close relative to the candidate, are anything but reassuring to pro-life activists.
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