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home : opinion : columnists January 18, 2017

10/31/2012 1:01:00 PM
Romney too extreme
Dear Editor,

Mitt Romney seems quite uncomfortable these days trying to explain his stands on many issues, including those affecting women. He's changed his mind so often trying to please his extremist handlers that it's no wonder. Someone that untrustworthy and extremist should not be elected.

Consider what former Governor Romney now says he would attempt to do:

-- "I'll be a pro-life candidate and a pro-life president." This, after Romney earlier claimed to be "pro-choice." His stand now is so extremist that he chose for his running mate Paul Ryan, who is fixated on anti-choice legislation, with no exceptions. Romney also maintains his endorsement of Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who uttered the now famous line that pregnancy resulting from rape "is something that God intended to happen."

-- The man who as governor of Massachusetts enacted a state health care plan, or "Romney Care," now says he'll get rid of "Obama Care," many of whose provisions stem Romney's own health care program. Women would lose the access to birth control and other services which they now have under the Affordable Care Act.

-- Much as he claims to support all people, Romney and his team would work to privatize services that now are public such as education, social services, parks, police, and public transportation -- services that women, men and children depend on.

-- He would not have "binders full of women" to appoint. As governor, Romney claims to have sought women's names for state appointments. It turns out he didn't go after those names; the National Women's Political Caucus submitted names of qualified women for the governor's consideration. Romney did not appoint women to top positions, as he claims, and the percentage of women in appointed positions dropped by half during his term.

One thing we can depend on a President Romney for. He likely would be given the chance to appoint one or more US Supreme Court justices, tipping the court to overturn Roe v. Wade, criminalizing all abortions. A Romney Supreme Court also would cement Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision that named corporations as people and strengthened corporate influence in financing elections.

President Obama consistently has supported women's rights, from the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to better health care and birth control services under the Affordable Care Act, from defending many public services to appointing Supreme Court justices committed more to justice than political expediency.

As one who has fought for many rights women now take for granted, I urge voters not to send us backwards. Vote for someone we can depend on to continue moving us forward. Vote to re-elect President Barack Obama. But don't take my word for it. None other than the Salt Lake Tribune has endorsed President Obama: "The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first."

Susan Butruille


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