Thursday, March 03, 2005
R U Serious?

Remember Victor Kiam who "used the Remington microblade and loved it so much (he) bought the company"?

Willard Mitt bought into a lot of companies. Do you think he loved those companies products, too?

We only ask because Romney has recently made it a point to tell residents of South Carolina, Utah and all viewers of C-Span in between that, when it comes to abortion, he is 'personally pro-life, if you will.'

Which confused us.

Because back in '94 Romney endorsed the legalization of RU-486, the abortion-inducing drug that was then being used in Europe. (source: Boston Globe, 5/19/1994, 5/27/1994) And back in '94 not many pro-life people were endorsing the legalization of RU-486. At least not for use as an abortion drug, if you will.

So what does this have to do with Victor Kiam?

Well, RU-486 was produced by the Roussel company, which was a division of Hoechst AG. You may recall that Hoechst was a spin-off of the I.G. Farben company, the German company which "produced the stabilizer for Zyklon B and owned 42.5% of Degesch (the "German Vermin-Combatting Corporation"), developer of this highly virulent weapon" which was later used in Concentration Camps during World War II. (source: lifeissues.org)

In 1997, Bain Capital - of which Willard Mitt was President - and the investment firm Goldman Sachs appear to have partnered with Hoechst to form Dade Behring. (source: Hoechst.com) Hoechst later abandoned RU-486. However, at the time of its announced partnership with Willard Mitt's Bain Capital, Hoechst and its subsidiary produced RU-486.

This just three-years after Romney endorsed the legalization of the abortion-inducing pill.

Strange actions for a 'personally pro-life' if you will man who is said to take positions "based on principle." (source: Boston Globe, 3/3/2005)

Although it does allow Romney a catchy slogan that he could use in a 2008 Presidential primary campaign:

"I endorsed RU-486 and bought into the company."

Let's see him try that out for size in South Carolina.


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