The Rachel Maddow Show | August 13, 2012
>>> in 2008 , colorado voted on personal hood. colorado residents were asked that year if they would like to ban all abortions as well as the most popular forms of birth control as well as in vitro furlalization and maybe to criminalize some women's miscarriages. colorado voters said no to that by a 3 to 1 margin. by means of declaring a firstalized egg to be a personal hood got crushed in colorado in 2008 . then the personhood folks gave it another shot two years later in 2010 . how's about it, colorado ? no. when given a second chance for personhood for fertilized eggs, they said no again. by a huge margin, more than 40%. but they're doing it again. the anti-abortion, anti- birth control personhood folks have gotten enough signatures get it back on the ballot this fall, again, which obviously is good news for democrats running for office in colorado this year. i mean, think about it. if you're a colorado democrat and you're worried that the presidential race or your race won't be enough to get your voters to come out to polls, how about the prospect of banning birth control ? you think that might motivate some folks who would otherwise not bother to turn out? because they can read polls, too, colorado republicans this time, even the super conservatives, super anti-abortion coloradoens are sprinting away from the personhood thing as fast as they can. a spokesman for republican congressman mime couke coffman he doesn't take positions on any state and local ballot initiatives . same for corey gardner's office. as a federal legislator, he will not be taking positions on state initiatives. even joe coors said he's refusing to endorse personhood 3.0 in colorado . the same joe coors donated $1,000 to the personhood campaign just two years ago. this year as a candidate, person what, person who? leave me out of it. another one of the personhood measures was on the ballot in mississippi last fall. if it can pass anywhere, right? in october of last year, mike huckabee was one of the political celebrities trying to pass the personhood in mississippi , trying to criminalize abortion and birth control . mike huckabee asked mitt romney if he would have support ed personhood in massachusetts.
>> would you have supported the constitutional amendment that would have established the definition of life at concension?
>> absolutely. that was mitt romney , october of last year, signing on to a policy that would ban all abortions with no exceptions for rape or incest. it would ban most forms of birth control . it would likely ban in vitro furlalization. that was mitt romney said hewise absolutely support as of october of last year. in mississippi , a totally grassroots opposition movement grew up around this movement. personhood opponents held a save the pill rally. billboards like this one went up around the state. vote no to personhood for eggs, and amendment 26 makes birth control a lethal weapon. with that, mississippi said no to personhood by a big double digit margin. that's mississippi . the thing mitt romney said he would absolutely support was so extreme not even the conservative electorate of mississippi wants anything to do with it. the romney campaign has been trying to run away from the position romney took ever since he took it. when they ran ads attacking romney for holding that position, for advocating a ban on all apportion with no exceptions, the romney campaign push back was immediate. they called the ads viciously negative and false. in order to prove it was false, they pointed to another time last summer when mitt romney said something different about his position on abortion. romney campaign did not want mr. romney to be seen as the guy who wants to ban all abortion with no exceptions even though he has said he would like to do that. and it's imperically proven to be a massively unpopular position even in the reddest of red states . that's one of the reasons paul ryan is such a baffling choice for the romney ticket. congressman paul ryan now presumptive vice presidential nominee paul ryan co-sponsored a bill in the house that is a federal version of the personhood amendment. the abortion and hormonal birth control ban, the same one that even mississippi voters rejected last fall. how would you like it for the whole country? the national personhood bill that paul ryan co-sponsored declares that quote, the life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning, or the equivalent at which time each human being should have the attributes and privileges of personhood . and they get really specific about when precisely an egg becomes a person. it becomes the human sperm tuzoeza penetrating the oocyte to create a human zygote, a one-selled human embryo which is a new unique human being . that's who mitt romney put on the ticket. things did not work out well for republicans when they tried to campaign against health insurance covering birth control earlier this year. after a lot of bluster over it and a failed vote in the senate, the house republican leadership tried quietly to walk away from the issue. if you like how it went when republicans invade against insurance coverage for birth control this year, how do you think it's going to go now that a federal ban on the most popular forms of birth control has just been put on the republican presidential ticket? are mitt romney and paul ryan both going to campaign on paul ryan 's proposed national ban on most in vitro fertilization and the most popular forms of birth control in the country? when they announced the vice presidential pick, it was sort of surreal to see bob mcdonnell introducing mitt romney and paul ryan . it was staged in front of a decommissioned battleship. he has real executive experience, who served in the military, which makes it not embarrassing for him to use that as a prop. why couldn't romney pick him? because bob mcdonnell blew his chances when he became governor ultrasaund, forcing medically unnecessarily ultrasounds on virginia women and forcing them to pay for it. bob mcdonnell blew it and romney went with the republican budget want guy, with none of that baggage. except paul ryan is not just the budget want guy. in addition to his sponsoring the ban on all abortions and the most popular forms of birth control and most in vitro fertilization in the country, he has also supported a federal version of bob mcdonnell 's virginia forced ultrasound bill. he sponsored a federal bill to force women seeking an abortion to undergo a medical procedure regardless of whether or not they want it, regardless of whether or not their doctor thinks it's the right decision, but just because the government says you have to. the latest nbc/ wall street journal poll has mitt romney losing women to president obama by 15 points. so i guess now is as good a time as any to welcome congressman ultra sound to the republican ticket.