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April 19, 2014

Operation Rescue: No Votes for Mitt Romney Until Todd Akin Gets Cash

The leader of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue wants GOP delegates to hold off on formally nominating Mitt Romney until funding is promised to the Senate campaign of Rep. Todd Akin (Mo.).

“Heaven sent a hurricane to hold off Gov. Romney’s coronation, so today we’re urging pro-life GOP delegates to abstain from any voting on Romney’s nomination until all GOP financial support for Todd Akin is reinstated and details of Romney’s income tax returns in connection with Bain’s Stericycle investment have been made public,” Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said.

Stericycle is a medical waste disposal company in which Bain Capital invested, according to Mother Jones. Other reports have said Romney had no specific connection to the investment in the company.

Operation Rescue, based in Kansas, has engaged in protests at abortion clinics and uses visible displays of aborted fetuses to deliver its anti-abortion message. The group defines itself as a “pro-life Christian activist organization.”

The organization is working with another group, Created Equal, to run a mobile billboard that features photos of aborted fetuses through the streets of Tampa, Fla., near the Republican National Convention.

Anti-abortion groups have come to the defense of Akin even as the Republican establishment both nationally and in Missouri have called on the lawmaker to drop out of the race against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) in favor of a candidate they view as more electable. The National Republican Senatorial Committee and other national groups backing Republicans pulled funds out of the race after Akin said women had natural defenses against pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.”

A St. Louis Post Dispatch/News 4 poll released Sunday shows Akin trailing McCaskill by 9 points in a race that many Republicans view as important in their quest to win control of the Senate.

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