This past May, Mitt Romney’s son and daughter-in-law welcomed twins via surrogate birth. Today, TMZ is reporting that the Gestational Carrier Agreement they signed in July 2011 contained a provision for the surrogate to abort if she felt her health or well-being was at risk. Additionally, TMZ reports that the relevant clause contains provisions for the biological parents choosing to abort:

Paragraph 13 goes on:”In the event the child is determined to be physiologically, genetically or chromosomally abnormal, the decision to abort or not to abort is to be made by the intended parents.  In such a case the surrogate agrees to abort, or not to abort, in accordance with the intended parents’ decision.” And there’s another relevant provision in Paragraph 13: “Any decision to abort because of potential harm to the child, or to reduce the number of fetuses, is to be made by the intended parents.”

Now for the stupid mistake.  We’ve learned Tagg chose the same surrogate in 2009, who gave birth to a boy.   Attorney Bill Handel — a nationally-known expert in surrogacy law who put the deal together between Tagg and the surrogate — tells TMZ when the 2009 contract was drafted there was no Paragraph 13 providing for abortion because Tagg and his wife didn’t want it.Handel says in 2011, when the second contract was being drafted, everyone involved “just forgot” to remove Paragraph 13.  Handel says, “No one noticed.  What can I say?”

TMZ also asserts that “sources connected with Mitt Romney” said that Romney covered some of the costs associated with the contract. The geniuses at TMZ put two and two together and came to the bombshell conclusion that Romney, in spite of his pro-life stance, secretly favors abortion.

Now that the story has broken, pro-abortion lefties and Romney-haters couldn’t be happier:

Delicious!

https://twitter.com/Untouchable128/status/249223014376415232

https://twitter.com/LeaningLeftward/status/249216726837903360

https://twitter.com/DaBaddestArnd/status/249251798660030464

Lest you think everyone resorted to their basest behavior, one charming Twitterer managed to elevate the discourse:

Sick.

  • Loren E. Heal

    Yawn.

  • Ginger

    Wow, how ignorant. Way to spin it.

  • Sharon Schlund

    And we will hear about this en nauseam for how long…..Smoke and Mirrors…are there not more important things in this country….like we are falling into oblivion, and despair because of our current administration.

  • http://twitter.com/Booker_TW Booker T.

    Ahh, yes. The lefties, in a moment of madness, have projected their affinity for group think onto the rest of us.

  • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

    Umm..so what about the clause? The only thing it said was it was all up to the intended parents. What’s the big deal? Okay so it was in one agreement, not in the other. Would they have used the clause except in the life of the woman carrying the baby? No. So what does it really matter if it was there or not.. LoL

    Nobody’s perfect. Especially not the Regressive Left. I swear they are all schizophrenic.

  • Adela Wagner

    How nice for them to be able to have access to a candidates families personal papers. All the while the rest of us are left wondering just who the hell Obama REALLY is, and would like access to papers that should be open to the public…but are not.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      That’s the best post I’ve read today.

      • Arguman

        Seeing as how it is an idiotic post, you either have low standards, lack critical thinking skills or didnt read many posts yesterday off of this and your other conspiracy theory sites

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hank-DeCat/100001190387982 Hank DeCat

          Seriously, dude, you’re just embarrassing yourself at this point. *You* accusing anyone of lacking “critical thinking skills?” Pot meet kettle.

        • http://www.facebook.com/john.hanover.35 John Hanover

          How sad is your existence?

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      That’s the best post I’ve read today.

    • Arguman

      lol. You are funny. Continually touting your logical fallacies. Distracting from the very post you comment on by invoking a long debunked conspiracy theory of “who” Obama is.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hank-DeCat/100001190387982 Hank DeCat

        “Logical fallacies” doesn’t mean what you think it means. I’m shocked! Shocked!

        Adela made an analogy not an argument. See if you can use some logic to figure out where you went wrong.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

      remember, how the went after joe the plumber, who wasn’t even a candidate!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hank-DeCat/100001190387982 Hank DeCat

    Reading the tweets is pretty interesting to see how the stupid grows with each tweet — a surrogate contract has an abortion clause — which, btw, obviously wasn’t used because the surrogate did give birth to their children; Romney’s SON and (presumably) daughter in law signed the contract with the surrogate. Yet, by the time you get mid-way down, people are tweeting about ROMNEY (not his son) being “OK with abortion” and that Romney (not his son) “signed a surrogate contract with abortion clause.” So there you go: that’s the kind of stupid it takes to be an Obama supporter — (1) Unable to differentiate Romney from his grown son & that what the son does — (who isn’t the one running, btw) — isn’t attributable to Mitt; and/or (2) Can’t even read & think Romney signed the contract.

    • Arguman

      And if Obama’s daughters were old enough to be in a similar situation you’re saying you wouldn’t be drawing a line straight to Barack? Rich.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hank-DeCat/100001190387982 Hank DeCat

        What you wrote doesn’t even make sense. Unlike the morons in these tweets who cannot tell the difference between a candidate & his ADULT son, I can tell the difference between a candidate and his ADULT son (or in the theoretical that you propose ADULT daughter). This ability of mine which seems so strange to you is NOT contingent on who the candidate *is* or his party affiliation; this ability is based on common sense, intellectual honesty, and rational thought (plus good old fashioned reading comp skills) — all things with which you are apparently unfamiliar.

  • Jamie Wilson

    Boy, if they stretch that straw much more it’ll break for sure.

  • grais

    #1- The lawyer gave a plausible explanation.
    #2- Tagg is not running for POTUS.

    Calm down little Harvey and all the rest of you knuckleheads.

  • Jennifer Luginbuhl

    Wow. Can these people even read? I am assuming that they have never seen a surrogate contract before, but they could have at least read the part of this contract that was made public. Nowhere in here did I see where the Romney’s thought abortion was an acceptable option or something they were considering. It is simply a clause that covers the hind end of all involved parties in case the worst case scenario should happen. Some of the tweets even stated that Mitt paid for his son’s surrogates abortion. Way to start rumors. Are we still in high school folks? Some days I just want to smack people upside the head.

  • Jennifer Luginbuhl

    Wow. Can these people even read? I am assuming that they have never seen a surrogate contract before, but they could have at least read the part of this contract that was made public. Nowhere in here did I see where the Romney’s thought abortion was an acceptable option or something they were considering. It is simply a clause that covers the hind end of all involved parties in case the worst case scenario should happen. Some of the tweets even stated that Mitt paid for his son’s surrogates abortion. Way to start rumors. Are we still in high school folks? Some days I just want to smack people upside the head.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rafael.penariosribero Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

    they know so much about romney that they didnt know he supports under the instance of danger to the mother and/or the child

    …wait

  • http://www.facebook.com/rafael.penariosribero Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

    they know so much about romney that they didnt know he supports under the instance of danger to the mother and/or the child

    …wait

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    How nice to see all those ghouls above cheering for abortion.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    How nice to see all those ghouls above cheering for abortion.

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    I wonder if and when these people find out the truth, do they feel stupid, embarrassed…or…squirrel!

    • http://www.facebook.com/gary.dewyn Gary Dewyn

      You assume they have feelings.

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    I wonder if and when these people find out the truth, do they feel stupid, embarrassed…or…squirrel!

  • vetgal1970

    Did I miss something? Is Tagg or his wife running for office? If not, then why is their personal information being released for all the world to see? Shame on you Barak Obama.

    Oh and by the way, is the Middle East still on fire? That seems a little more pertinent, than smearing your opponents’ family.

    • Arguman

      No but Tagg is a major surrogate for his father who is ostensibly running on policy positions 180 degrees from the clause in question Tagg had for his surrogate

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hank-DeCat/100001190387982 Hank DeCat

        So, you admit you can’t differentiate Mitt Romney from his ADULT son Tagg. Is this due to general stupidity or specific blind partisanship?

  • vetgal1970

    Did I miss something? Is Tagg or his wife running for office? If not, then why is their personal information being released for all the world to see? Shame on you Barak Obama.

    Oh and by the way, is the Middle East still on fire? That seems a little more pertinent, than smearing your opponents’ family.

  • Ryan Blake Comer

    This is absurd. How desperate is the media to concoct controversies where none exist? I’m no lawyer, but this all seems pretty standard. Allowing the surrogate to decide whether or not to abort if her life is in danger? How is that controversial? How would it look if Tagg and his wife said, “No, sorry, we know you think your life is in danger, but we think you won’t actually die so we’re not going to let you abort.” This is classic damned if you do damned if you don’t. If Tagg and his wife didn’t agree to that the left would be all up in arms like they were about the Republican platform. “Oh, how horrible, they don’t even allow a woman to abort their child if her life is threatened.” Seriously, WHAT CAN THEY DO?????

    As far as the part about physiological, genetical and chromosome abnormalities, all that’s saying is that Tagg and his wife get to make the decision to abort in that situation… NOT the surrogate. They are giving the surrogate the right to decide as it pertains to her own life, but they are reserving the right to decide as it pertains to the life of their child. There’s no indication that they would actually go through with an abortion because of abnormalities, they just want to be the ones afforded the right of making the decision. Again, how is this controversial?

    And the fact that it was not included in the ’09 contract is irrelevant. There is nothing controversial about the clause in the first place so why should it matter if it’s included or not?

  • Ryan Blake Comer

    This is absurd. How desperate is the media to concoct controversies where none exist? I’m no lawyer, but this all seems pretty standard. Allowing the surrogate to decide whether or not to abort if her life is in danger? How is that controversial? How would it look if Tagg and his wife said, “No, sorry, we know you think your life is in danger, but we think you won’t actually die so we’re not going to let you abort.” This is classic damned if you do damned if you don’t. If Tagg and his wife didn’t agree to that the left would be all up in arms like they were about the Republican platform. “Oh, how horrible, they don’t even allow a woman to abort their child if her life is threatened.” Seriously, WHAT CAN THEY DO?????

    As far as the part about physiological, genetical and chromosome abnormalities, all that’s saying is that Tagg and his wife get to make the decision to abort in that situation… NOT the surrogate. They are giving the surrogate the right to decide as it pertains to her own life, but they are reserving the right to decide as it pertains to the life of their child. There’s no indication that they would actually go through with an abortion because of abnormalities, they just want to be the ones afforded the right of making the decision. Again, how is this controversial?

    And the fact that it was not included in the ’09 contract is irrelevant. There is nothing controversial about the clause in the first place so why should it matter if it’s included or not?

  • joe

    I forget, Who’s running for president. Mitt or his son?

    • Arguman

      Ha. Rich. Why didn’t you ask that regarding Obama’s “radical Marxist” father?

      • http://twitter.com/pbandj6887 PJ Mags

        Obama made his father’s beliefs important when he called his father’s dreams (of socialism) his birthright.

  • Laurie

    Can TMZ find Obama’s college records?

    • Arguman

      What about Romney’s college records? You should be more concerned with those as it’s likely he cheated the system. Wealthy, Governor-of-an-influential-state Father, went to elite private school’s throughout his life with documented examples of behaviour that would disqualify or burden him if he were not a Governor’s son in regard to applying to elite/Ivy schools.

      • http://twitter.com/dwhtx64 Doug Hall

        Romney’s records are open to the public. Do you not know this? What on earth do you base the accusation that he likely cheated the system? His college records are stellar actually and if you had any real interest in them instead of using them as a cover, you’d know this. So while we are on the subject, do you have the slightest interest in seeing OBama’s college records? Why should we be MORE concerned with Romney’s than Obama’s?

  • http://twitter.com/PinkLemonade05 Carmen Delgado

    Really people? How many of you “grownups” allow your mommy and daddy involvement in your private life. You liberals are a joke. No matter what, you are so full of hatred that you will beat a dead horse. Rea

    • Arguman

      Actually tis you who are the joke. Considering you follow the website ofa cypher wannabee wonk with no credentials to speak of who names her “business venture” after the effects of her neurological disorder.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hank-DeCat/100001190387982 Hank DeCat

        Um, I hate to point out the obvious — but obviously it’s needed here — but you are also *closely* following this website.

        BTW — (re: your post below where you mistakenly state someone posted “logical fallacies”) Ad hominem attacks *are,* in fact, logical fallacies.

      • http://twitter.com/pbandj6887 PJ Mags

        Just admit it…you are a hate monger, you are not tolerant, and you don’t know what the word “hypocrite” really means.

      • http://twitter.com/aRKaNity rkn

        Interesting how you indict a site that is mainly a gathering place for public domain tweets where the host merely comments on them, doesn’t edit them, and where the public is given free opportunity to comment as well. Afraid of open and honest discourse are we, hmm?

  • Arguman

    Pot, kettle, Michele. If only you and yours could comprehend your hypocrisy

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hank-DeCat/100001190387982 Hank DeCat

      Project much?

  • Pamela Davis

    According to what I read, Tagg and his wife have the right to decide or not decide to allow their surrogate to have an abortion, unless it has to do with her health when she has the right to the decision. I don’t see the contradiction! That doesn’t mean that they would make the decision to abort the babies. Gov Romney has always said in the case of the mother’s health he agrees she should be able to abort. I’m so sick of the liberal media twisting everything around to benefit their agenda!

  • http://Twitter.com/jkerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

    Okay, clause or no clause. What does this have to do with Mitt Romney’s run for POTUS? My mom is a hard left liberal union wife. I am her polar political opposite. Are we supposed to assume that my beliefs are her’s too? Stretch much TMZ?

    Funny how easy it was for TMZ to get such a personal document about the offspring of a political candidate but, after 4 years in the highest office in the World, we know NOTHING about Obama. Seals all his records, TMZ stands with their liberally biased left wing Obamedia big sisters, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN and is silent on the subject?

    I guess we can still go to Univision to get real news.

  • Danny Wheeler

    So sickening.

  • michael kindle

    The contract clearly states the decision is up to the intended parents, these parents know that they would never make the decision for an abortion, so what is the problem? I don’t clearly see a problem with this. Actually, by stating that the decision is only the intended parents, that eliminates the surrogate from being able to make that decision, so again, where is the problem? This does not in any way cause an issue, if anything it clarifies that the Romney Jr.’s have total control and there will not be an abortion.

  • coffeeroad

    Non story here?
    Standard contract, standard clause.
    Bottom line the call is upto the “intended parents” who are pro-life and clearly didn’t exercise it.
    I would expect the attorney I used would pull a copy of and adapt my previous surrogate contract in order to stay in line with my personal preferences . . . This is attorney error, no more, no less.
    Simple issue of buyer and reader beware.
    Lesson learned – sure.
    Newsworthy – NOT!

  • http://communitycolor.com yintercept

    So if a master hires a servant to have a baby, the master has the right to abort the baby if the baby isn’t perfect. Yep, that sounds like the thoughts would come from an elitist like Romney.

  • disqus_CR25ev2Z1s

    Oh, please. My mom and her family are fiercely pro-abortion. I use that term because it has been made very clear to me at various points in my life that if I ever became pregnant out of wedlock, I would be kicked out of the family if I refused to have an abortion (which, being pro-life as a result of seeing the consequences of this edict, I would). One wonders what would happen to Obama’s daughters if they chose not to view an unplanned child as a “punishment”. I’m guessing much of the same.

    Regardless of this, I share this morbid little story to show that a parent and a child can very well have different perspectives on this sort of thing.

    However, even if it’s standard, I’m fairly disturbed that the biological parents of the unborn child can force a surrogate to abort late in the pregnancy because of “abnormalities” or because there are more kids than they want. I can’t imagine how scarred a surrogate must be when such things happen. Even if it isn’t her baby, she’s carried it for several months, bonded with the child, and is devoted to seeing it placed in a loving home with its parents.

    Regardless of all of this, I doubt Tagg would have carried out this clause, and it doesn’t change the fact that it was not Mitt Romney signing the papers. Ronald Reagan had at least one daughter who was pro-choice. Sasha and Malia may very well grow up to have my perspective on the situation. One cannot control everything one’s children do.

  • brewers_rule

    I would say thank you to TMZ for helping the world understand Romney is not the hard core right wing zealot their media brethren portray him as but the middle of the road moderate they claim they want & the Tea Party doesn’t. Couldn’t have made a better “vote for Romney because there is NO war on women” commercial myself.

  • elluke

    Blah, blah, blah….Obama’s spending like a drunken sailor is gonna abort the American dream!

  • http://www.toprightnews.com John Urban

    Harvey Levin is a despicable son of a bitch. He invades the private birth contract of a candidate’s son, but has utterly no interest in candidate Barack Obama’s school records from Occidental or Columbia, his law records with the slumlord he helped evict low-income blacks in Chicago, his former drug dealers testimony, or his medical records.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.hanover.35 John Hanover

    The camel is laughing at the DNC, they are grasping at straws and are too weak to break the camel’s back with the minuscule ones they find.

  • Alieninthissociety

    So if it was shown that the fetus(es) had some “chromosomal abnormality,” Tagg and Jen could have the surrogate abort. Since they were purchasing their children, they wanted perfect ones.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4L7MM3NFN5RTCPBF2IPKWDBSQU Charles

    Every time you think you have seen the depths of Romney’s stupidity, he goes and shows you how little you know about him.

    Disclaimer: I am a US Army veteran (E-5, Honorable Discharge). If you never served but thought invading Iraq was a good idea, your patriotism leaves a lot to be desired.