Quiet show on birth control ruling: Romney won't
By Associated Press | March 23, 2006
Governor Mitt Romney is declining to issue a proclamation recognizing a landmark
1972 Supreme Court decision legalizing birth control for unmarried people -- the
first time in 10 years a Massachusetts governor has passed on the proclamation.
The decision is irking family planning and abortion rights activists. The case,
Eisenstadt vs. Baird, is seen a precursor to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that
legalized abortion. Last year, Romney signed the proclamation, but deleted a
reference to Roe v. Wade.
"It's a shame that Governor Mitt Romney has missed this opportunity to
show his support for increased access to birth control," said Melissa Kogut, executive
director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. Others accused Romney of trying to
appeal to conservative GOP primary voters as he weighs a run for president in
2008. "Every day that Mitt Romney gets closer to his presidential run, he is
traveling further and further away from mainstream Americans," said Angus
McQuilken, a spokesman for Planned Parenthood. Bill Baird, the plaintiff in
Eisenstadt vs. Baird, issued a
written statement accusing Romney of flip-flopping by refusing to issue the
proclamation this year.
Romney communications director, Eric Fehrnstrom said "There should be no
expectation on anyone's part that they are automatically entitled to a
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