Mitt Romney Might Pick a Woman Running Mate. What's His Record With The Ladies?

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Team Romney might pick a woman as Mitt's running mate, reports now indicate.

As the Atlantic Wire's Elspeth Reeve pointed out, this marks a drastic shift from the campaign's previous "no more Palins" / "boring white guy" approach to potential veeps, which "appeared to rule out not just candidates who'd fail foreign policy quizzes, but also candidates who are female."

Of course, this raises a couple of questions. Romney hasn't exactly billed himself as a progressive candidate when it comes to the ladies -- he doesn't even have anything for women on the "issues" section of his campaign website.

But is it possible that maybe he is open minded enough to consider a woman for the position?

Let's look at Mitt's record on ladybusiness for some insight into this...

Abortion

Mitt Romney is pro-life. He thinks that Roe V. Wade should be overturned, and backs the Hyde Amendment, which would broadly bar using federal funds for abortions. He wants to protect the "rights" of healthcare workers who refuse to perform abortions.

Planned Parenthood

Mitt Romney would outright nix the program. He's been cited as saying "Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that." Asked what women who use the health system for things such as routine checkups, he reportedly said: "Well they can go wherever they'd like to go. This is a free society."

Contraception

In February, the GOPer voiced strong support of the Blunt Amendment, which would let employers deny health coverage based upon "moral" claims. He launched a petition against the Health and Human Services mandate that hormonal contraception counts as preventative care, and must be covered by insurers at no charge to women. He also lambasted the landmark Supreme Court ruling Griswold v. Connecticut -- which made clear Americans' right to privacy and effectively legalized birth control -- as wrong and un-Constitutional.

Healthcare

Romney has repeatedly vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act on his first day in the Oval Office. This wouldn't just have implications for contraception. As we recently reported, Obamacare would make 10.3 of America's 19 million uninsured women eligible for Medicaid. Also, the law requires that insurance companies cover preventative care and eliminate cost sharing for these services, such as mammograms, screenings for cervical cancer, and prenatal care. In addition, the ACA would bar gender rating (AKA charging women more money for insurance simply because they're women), cover maternity care, and mandate that businesses bigger than 50 people give nursing moms breaks and a place to express breast milk. So, repealing the ACA would do a lot more damage than requiring women pay for hormonal contraception again.

Paycheck Fairness

Romney does not seem to support legislation requiring equal pay for men and women. Instead, he says the way to achieve pay equity is by boosting American business.

Marriage

Mitt really likes marriage. Calling it "more than a personally rewarding social custom," he argues that it's "critical for the well-being of a civilization. That is why it is so important to preserve traditional marriage -- the joining together of one man and one woman." As president, Mitt would pick an Attorney General to fight for the Defense of Marriage Act and push for a Federal Marriage Amendment that would Constitutionally define marriage "as between one man and one woman."

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