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Ann Romney: ‘We Need To Respect Choices That Women Make’

Ann Romney went on television this morning to champion a woman’s right to choose. Responding to Democratic strategist and CAP Action board member Hilary Rosen’s criticism that she “never worked a day in her life,” Mrs. Romney rebutted the attack and talked about her experience being a stay-at-home mom. Speaking to that point, she said, “we need to respect choices that women make.” Watch it:

Indeed, Ann Romney hit the nail on the head: We should respect the choices that women make when it comes to family planning. But those choices run the gamut — there’s the “choice” to stay home or work (though, that’s economically tough, and Ann Romney has probably never had to calculate the cost of daycare versus that of driving to work), take contraception to delay having a family until a woman is ready, and terminate a pregnancy that a woman cannot afford or handle.

Mrs. Romney and her husband have previously supported organizations that offer such choices: In 1994, during her husband’s bid for U.S. Senate, Mrs. Romney gave $150 to Planned Parenthood and her husband attended a pro-choice fundraiser.

But Romney’s positions have “evolved” to favor a conservative social agenda meant to endear him to the right wing. He now supports policies that limit women’s choices. Romney’s recent assaults on women’s health include “getting rid of” Planned Parenthood, supporting a personhood amendment, limiting contraception and restricting access to abortions.

Ann Romney’s message to women is clear: respect my choices, even if my husband may not respect yours.