In my article “Will Gloria Allred Try to Destroy Mitt Romney with an ‘October Surprise’?,” I pointed out that Allred may be trying to pull an “October Surprise” to defame Mitt Romney and ruin his bid for the presidency.
I figured that if Allred is involved, the surprise would have to be about a woman. Supposedly her “case,” if there really is one, is based on Geoffrey Dunn’s new book Horror Stories: Mitt Romney’s Shameful Record with Mormon Women. Jim Hoft of the Gateway Pundit states that the book details “Mitt Romney’s ‘psychological intimidation and bullying’ during his role as a Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The report describes how Romney ‘tried to bully’ Carrel Hilton Sheldon when she was suffering through a difficult pregnancy into not having an abortion.”
This is a “he said/she said” incident. A religious leader’s concern for a woman who is pregnant can be seen as “bullying” by someone who is pro-abortion when in reality the counseling is done from the heart.
Because of a blood clot and the blood-thinning drug Halperin, Sheldon’s physician determined that an abortion was the best course of action. Sheldon was an LDS church member. Another doctor was also consulted:
“The LDS leader in Massachusetts at that time, called the ‘stake president,’ was a Harvard-trained physician, Dr. Gordon Williams, and he counseled Sheldon to follow her doctor’s advice to terminate the pregnancy and protect her own life, so that she could continue caring for her four living children.”
Here’s the interesting part. Romney comes off as anti-abortion as the rest of the story is reported:
“According to an account later written anonymously by Sheldon for the LDS women’s journal, Exponent II, it was after receiving this counsel from [Dr.] Williams [who supported] the potentially life-saving procedure [i.e., the abortion] that she experienced an uninvited visit in her hospital from her Mormon bishop at the time, 36-year-old Mitt Romney, who adamantly opposed the abortion.
“‘He regaled me with stories of his sister and her retarded child and what a blessing the child had been to the family,’ Sheldon wrote of the incident. ‘He told me that “as your bishop, my concern is with the child.”’”
You can tell that the story is written from a very biased point of view. Nevertheless, it shows that Romney, at least when he was 36 years old, had very pro-life, anti-abortion views.
By the way, it’s important to note that the author of Horror Stories: Mitt Romney’s Shameful Record with Mormon Women is Geoffrey Dunn, the author of The Lies of Sarah Palin: The Untold Story Behind Her Relentless Quest for Power.
To add to the October Surprise conundrum for the Democrats, Ann Romney’s appearance on The View showed that she and the former governor hold a pro-life, anti-abortion position. Here’s what she said:
“Mitt has always been a pro-life person. He governed — when he ran, as pro-choice, but when a decision [came] across his desk . . . to use embryos for experimentation, he could not have [that] on his conscience — creating human life for experimentation. And that’s when he came out with an editorial saying he was pro life.”