White House hopeful Mitt Romney has spent much of his time as of late defending his increasingly obvious shift on social issues. Romney was in Washington on Saturday to genuflect before the National Review Institute, hoping the audience of conservative activists and intellectuals would buy his tale of conversion on issues such as abortion.

Mitt might have some more explaining to do. The Weekly Standard reports that in 2002 Romney answered favorably to several hot-button abortion issues in a Planned Parenthood questionnaire distributed to statewide candidates:

In the spring of 2002 Romney completed a Planned Parenthood questionnaire. Signed by Romney and dated April 9, 2002, it contained these responses:

Do you support the substance of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade? YES

Do you support state funding of abortion services through Medicaid for low-income women? YES

In 1998 the FDA approved the first packaging of emergency contraception, also known as the “morning after pill.” Emergency contraception is a high dose combination of oral contraceptives that if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, can safely prevent a pregnancy from occurring. Do you support efforts to increase access to emergency contraception? YES

Romney also completed the questionnaire of the National Abortion Rights Action League, or NARAL (now called NARAL Pro-Choice America), with this statement:

I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose. This choice is a deeply personal one. Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not mine and not the government’s. The truth is no candidate in the governor’s race in either party would deny women abortion rights. So let’s end an argument that does not exist and stop these cynical and divisive attacks that are made only for political gain.

Romney claims that his position on abortion has been evolving, and that his opinion changed after a discussion with a stem cell researcher. Right.

Once again, the ever-evolving Romney does the flip-flop. Truly a man of the people, his opinions seem to sway with every election cycle.


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