A new report out of Mother Jones suggests Mitt Romney was still involved with his investment firm, Bain Capital, when it invested in a Woonsocket medical waste disposal firm that handled aborted fetuses.
The story has implications beyond the abortion angle, as the following excerpt makes clear:
Earlier this year, Mitt Romney nearly landed in a politically perilous controversy when the Huffington Post reported
that in 1999 the GOP presidential candidate had been part of an
investment group that invested $75 million in Stericycle, a
medical-waste disposal firm that has been attacked by anti-abortion
groups for disposing aborted fetuses collected from family planning
I've got a cover story in this week's Phoenix about Congressman David Cicilline's push to woo women voters in this fall's elections.
The more I reported the story, the more I became convinced that this is the ballgame: win the women's vote by a good margin and Cicilline goes back to Congress. Fail and he goes home.
Anyhow, one element that didn't get in the story is this: the role of a newly invigorated ground game for the Rhode Island women's movement.
For years, there has been a stand-off on social issues on Smith Hill. The General Assembly's leadership has, for the most part, blocked votes on controversial issues like abortion and gay marriage in an attempt to keep the peace between liberals and conservatives.
The stalemate has frustrated partisans on both sides. But they know there is a danger in attempting a breakthrough - push hard for a vote on your bill, advocates fear, and leadership is sure to allow a vote on a bill from the other side.
With Rhode Island still in the depths of an economic crisis, social issues got little attention during the gubernatorial contest. But the pro-life blogosphere is aflutter about governor-elect Lincoln Chafee's decision to name Dr. Pablo Rodriguez to his Transition Advisory Committee - a group, as the name suggests, that advises the transition team.
Ernest Greco, the latest Democratic entry in the other Congressional race - you know the race for Representative James Langevin's seat - will probably have a hard time gaining traction against his better known primary foes: the incumbent, who is pro-life, and former State Representative Betsy Dennigan, who is pro-choice.
The Providence Journal has a story today suggesting that Congressman James Langevin could be a pivotal vote on health care reform, given the thin margins in the House and Langevin's position as a pro-life Democrat. Abortion restrictions, after all, are a flashpoint in the debate. And a handful of pro-life Democrats managed to win tougher-than-expected provisions in the initial House version of health care reform because their votes were so valuable.