Anti-abortion zealots do not trust Mitt Romney one bit. At the Republican Leadership Conference over the weekend, the Susan B. Anthony List, the organization nominally dedicated to electing anti-abortion women to office, announced the pledge they've convinced most of the major candidates to sign. But Mitt Romney refused to sign the pledge.
Sahil Kapur has a good piece up at TNR about the Tea Party's plans to go after Mitt Romney because he's not the "rock-solid fiscal conservative" they want. According to Kapur, FreedomWorks, the Dick Armey-led Tea Party organization, is threatening to "uneash part of its $25 million treasure trove in an attempt to sink his candidacy." Meanwhile, Joe Miller, the Tea Party candidate who took on Lisa Murkowski in Alaska and lost last November, has his own political action committee dedicated to going after Mitt Romney where it matters most: New Hampshire.
Yesterday night, the lawsuit over Indiana's law to defund Planned Parenthood got more complicated. As states go after abortion access and Planned Parenthood clinics in particular, the federal government has shied away from these state-level fights. But recently, states have begun to defund Planned Parenthood (and other abortion providers) by denying them Medicaid funds, making this a federal issue. For the second time, the Department of Justice has quietly weighed in.
ThinkProgressreports on a rift between the Chamber of Commerce and many GOP freshmen over the debt ceiling. The Chamber wants the debt ceiling raised because they know the economic results of not doing so would be bad for businesses. The freshmen, who have sworn not to raise the debt ceiling, responded to the Chamber:
The most important way for conservatives to roll back access to family planning is to link it to abortion. To wit, at the Faith and Freedom Conference last week, Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelserdeclared: “Every year that contraception and family planning increases, the abortion rate also increases in direct proportion. … This is an undeniable fact.” SBA List will not support a candidate that does not want to defund Planned Parenthood because of this faux-causal relationship between contraception and abortion.