Zygotes are more important than women, but money is more important than zygotes. At least if you're Mitt Romney. The staunchly unstable politician, who holds the mistaken (but convenient) belief that the morning after pill causes abortions, will be holding a big, fancy fundraiser at the Florida home of the chairman of the Board of Directors of Teva Pharmaceuticals, the company that makes Plan B. Does this mean that, by Romney's flawed logic, he's profitting from what he thinks are abortions?
Romney's doublespeak on the issue of abortion and birth control has been frustrating but fascinating. When he was running for Senate in 1994, he responded to allegations that he wasn't "pro choice," he was "multiple choice" by saying,
My mother and my family have been committed to the belief that we can believe as we want, but we will not force our beliefs on others on that matter. And you will not see me wavering on that, or be a multiple choice, thank you very much.
He was whistling a different tune back in November, when he said he supported Mississippi's "personhood" amendment, a measure so extreme that voters in America's most conservative state overwhelmingly rejected it. And even though he didn't sign the "Personhood Pledge" signed by his fellow Republican candidates and he's recently been blowing off the Personhood people like an embarrassing one night stand, as of February, he still believed that zygotes were people and that the morning after pill causes abortions. At a campaign appearance in Colorado, he said,
This same administration said that the churches and the institutions they run, such as schools and let's say adoption agencies, hospitals, that they have to provide for their employees free of charge, contraceptives, morning after pills, in other words abortive pills, and the like at no cost. Think what that does to people in faiths that do not share those views. This is a violation of conscience.
Since he's so adamant that Plan B and other types of emergency contraception cause abortions, you'd think he'd want to distance himself from companies and individuals who make their living off the stuff. But he seems to have no problem charging supporters $50,000 a plate at a fundraiser at the house of Dr. Phil Frost. Frost's company, Teva Pharmaceuticals, isn't exactly evasive about their relationship with Plan B, either. Think Progress points out that on the company's website, the logos for Plan B and other contraceptive products are displayed prominently (including ParaGard, and IUD, which also causes abortions in the eyes of the Personhood movement). Hypocritical? Yes. Surprising? No. We're talking about Mitt Romney here, a guy with views less stable and long-lived than one of those lab-created elements with like 230 electrons in its nucleus. Which he probably also would say causes abortions, if it would win him the votes.
I have to express some admiration for Mitt Romney. His tactic appears to be to confuse, double talk, and backtrack so much that he's expressed literally every view, thus assuring that at some point, he's personally agreed with. It's genius. Future Mitt Romney ads will be customized based on Facebook "likes." Are you a woman who likes sex? Here's a clip of Mitt Romney saying he supports the right of women to have sex with whomever they choose. Are you suffering from Slut Panic? Here's a clip of MItt Romney saying he can't stand it when women have sex with whomever they choose. Do you hate the auto bailouts? Here's Mitt Romney talking about how much they suck. Do you like auto bailouts? Here's Mitt Romney taking credit for them! I'm sure if you dug far enough, you could find a clip of Mitt Romney saying that he can't stand adorable kittens, or that he's allergic to children. Or that he's actually a communist.