Romney’s son and wife announce in vitro twins.
‘Happy 2 announce birth of twin boys David Mitt and William Ryder. Big thanks to our surrogate. Life is a miracle,’ Tagg Romney tweeted late Friday.
He added in a Facebook post that he and his wife, Jen, used a ‘gestational surrogate’ to carry the babies — meaning that Jen and Tagg Romney are the genetic parents, but the embryos were implanted in and carried by another woman…
Neither in vitro fertilization — which is one step in a gestational surrogacy pregnancy — nor the surrogacy itself are uncommon nowadays. But to some parts of the anti-abortion movement, they remain controversial because ‘excess’ fertilized embryos can be destroyed. The Catholic Church opposes IVF.
I am happy for Tagg Romney and his wife. Congrats and best wishes.. But this brings up an interesting point.. Mitt made it clear that he supported Catholic opposition to the Federal requirement for their organizations to provide birth control benefits..
Romney attacked Obama’s initial proposal, which would have required Catholic-affiliated employers to pay for a service that violates the church’s teachings.
“This kind of assault on religion will end if I’m president of the United States,” Romney said, calling it “a real blow … to our friends in the Catholic faith.”
SO then what would Mitt and Ann say about the fact that the same Catholic organizations that they support for their opposition to mandated birth control benefits would oppose having to pay for in vitro fertilzation just as vehemently.
A teacher at a Catholic school in Indiana is suing the diocese where she worked after being fired because the in vitro fertilization treatments she received were considered against church teachings.
Emily Herx, a former English teacher at St. Vincent de Paul School in Fort Wayne, filed a federal lawsuit against the school and the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.
My guess is that the Romneys might point out that they paid for the in vitro fertilization services out of pocket and didn’t rely on a health insurance policy so it would be a different situation for Tagg and his wife.
And that would be one more example of how the Romney’s instinctively think that rich people deserve more out of life than poor people.. just because.