Mitt Romney raising money at home of 'morning-after pill' exec
The $50,000-a-plate fundraiser Wednesday night is at the Miami home of Phil Frost, chairman of Teva Pharmaceuticals, which makes 'morning-after pills.' Mitt Romney opposes their use, calling them 'abortive pills.'
Mitt Romney is criss-crossing Florida Wednesday and Thursday, mostly for routine fundraisers. But one event Wednesday evening has caught the attention of activists on both sides of the abortion debate: a $50,000-a-plate dinner at the Miami home of a pharmaceutical executive whose company makes a kind of “morning-after pill.”
The pill, called Plan B One-Step, is produced by Teva Pharmaceuticals – and it is Teva’s chairman, Phil Frost, and his wife who are hosting the Romney fundraiser at their home on Miami’s exclusive Star Island. Anti-abortion activists sometimes refer to emergency contraception as “abortive pills,” a phrase Romney has used. Planned Parenthood says this characterization is false.
No matter. By all indications, the fundraiser is going ahead, in spite of criticism last week by the chairwoman of Concerned Women for America, Penny Nance. She told The Daily Caller that she would urge Romney to cancel the event “because it is dirty money.”
By Wednesday, there wasn’t much chatter in the conservative blogosphere about the fundraiser.
“The main thing would be whether he wiggled on any pro-life stances,” said an anti-abortion strategist, hinting at Romney’s past support for abortion rights. “Politicians do seem to be able to separate their politics from their fundraising ... as Obama hits up Wall Street while making them his favorite targets.”