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I've always believe that the end of the year marked a season of kindness and mercy. Yet even in this time, we are reminded that not everyone shares these instincts any time of the year. Sometimes, these cruel people run for president. This one in particular is the likely Republican nominee: Willard "Mitt" Romney, who thinks that any woman pursuing a life-saving abortion is "getting off easy".

The woman was told by doctors that treatment of the clot would threaten the pregnancy, and so an abortion was necessary. The Mormon faith officially opposes abortion except in extreme cases, and women who are members of the church and seek an abortion are required to petition church elders for permission. She and her husband petitioned the Church to authorize them to receive the procedure, and a church elder told her and her husband that the procedure looked like unfortunate but unavoidable.

On the day of the abortion, the couple showed up at the hospital only to be greeted by their bishop, who had shown up, unannounced, to try to prevent her from going through with it, regardless of the fact that a church official with a higher rank than his had already given the okay. The bishop was determined to make his case against the life-saving surgery, and he was a total dick about it. According to a 2007 interview with Dushku, the following exchange occurred,

He said – What do you think you're doing?

She said – Well, we have to abort the baby because I have these blood clots.

And he said something to the effect of – Well, why do you get off easy when other women have their babies?

And she said – What are you talking about? This is a life threatening situation.

And he said – Well what about the life of the baby?

And she said – I have four other children and I think it would be really irresponsible to continue the pregnancy.

The bishop who tried to block that selfish, selfish clotted up woman from saving her own life with a legal medical procedure was one Mitt Romney. The woman he attempted to block did go through with her abortion and lived to see her four teenage children grow up. Her family later left the church.

It's no surprise that the man with the million-watt smile, perfect hair "gee golly" demeanor would do this. This is the same guy who made is fortune firing people or shipping jobs overseas. This is the guy who drove cross-country with his dog on the top of his roof. And this is the guy who will say or do anything at any moment to get elected.

Several years later, Dushku was pleasantly surprised to read that Romney was running for Senate as a pro-choice candidate, and even thought she could lend her support to Romney and his newfound pro-woman political stance. When she visited his office, he told her that he only supported a pro-choice agenda because church elders in Provo had told him that it was the only way he'd win the seat in the liberal state.

Mitt Romney has no respect for anything than his blind ambition.

Originally posted to RandySF on Sat Dec 24, 2011 at 04:01 PM PST.

Also republished by Abortion and Pro Choice.

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