Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says that women should support him because of a health insurance law he passed as the governor of Massachusetts — even though he has promised to repeal a similar law passed by President Barack Obama.
During an interview that aired on Sunday, Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Romney why women should vote for him after a fellow Republican, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), suggested that women could not get pregnant from “legitimate rape.”
“Look, I am the guy that was able to get health care for all of the women — and men — in my state,” the former Massachusetts governor explained. “There was talking about it at the federal level. We did something.”
“So, you’re saying look at Romneycare?” Wallace wondered.
“Absolutely,” Romney replied. “I’m very proud of what we did, and the fact that we helped women and men and children in my state.”
“And then with regards to contraceptives, of course Republicans and myself in particular recognize that people should have a right to use contraceptives. There is absolutely no validity whatsoever to the Obama effort and try and bring that up. And with regards to the issue of abortion, that is something where men and women have alternative views on that or different views.”
Throughout his campaign, Romney has pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which fact checking organizations have determined “is identical to the Massachusetts health care plan — the same thing.”
By repealing Obama’s health reforms, women could once again face insurance co-pays for contraception, screening for HIV, breastfeeding support, domestic violence counseling and other services.
Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), has voted for legislation that would ban some forms of birth control, ban abortion and end funding for Planned Parenthood, according to the Obama campaign.
Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox News Sunday, broadcast Aug. 26, 2012.