And Planned Parenthood is pissed. “Mitt Romney can’t have it both ways,” the president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund wrote in a statement. “The record is clear: Mitt Romney has vowed to restrict access to birth control, including emergency contraception, and undermine millions of women’s access to family planning.” Romney supporters spent $50,000-a-plate for a dinner hosted at the home of Phil Frost, chairman of Teva Pharmaceuticals, which makes the morning-after pill Plan B One-Step.
During the great contraception debate in March, Romney claimed that as president he would seek to cut all federal funding for Planned Parenthood. “Planned Parenthood, we’re going to get rid of that,” he declared. Obviously the organization is closely monitoring his statements and whereabouts. And Romney previously referred to morning-after pills as “abortive pills.”
But is Romney a hypocrite for breaking bread at the home of the chairman of the largest maker of generic pharmaceuticals in the world? Teva also makes Adderall, Codeine, Naproxen, and Estradiol, among many, many others.
Romney probably just views Phil Frost as another filthy-rich businessman to befriend, not an abortion peddler. Maybe his campaign didn’t even know about that particular drug on Teva’s laundry list of products. We suspect the campaign didn’t hand out goodie bags with packages of “abortive pills,” but for $50,000 a plate …