Given the role that reproductive rights have already played in the 2012 election, the following controversy could have major ramifications for Mitt Romney's presidential bid:
Mitt's eldest son Tagg had twins earlier this year through a surrogate and Mitt helped cover some of the expenses. The agreement was covered by a "gestational carrier" contract that's standard with this type of arrangement.
The contract was uncovered by TMZ earlier today and it includes several clauses that could put Mitt and his campaign on the defensive. According to the contract:
"If in the opinion of the [physician or obstetrician] there is potential physical harm to the surrogate, the decision to abort or not abort is to be made by the surrogate."
"In the event the child is determined to be physiologically, genetically or chromosomally abnormal, the decision is to be made by the intended parents…In the event the child is determined to be physiologically, genetically or chromosomally abnormal, the decision is to be made by the intended parents."
Basically, the contract gives Tagg and his wife the right to abort the fetus if they thought it would suffer any sort of physical harm and they gave the surrogate the right to abort if her health was at risk in any way, even if the risk was not life-threatening.
It is unknown at this time if Mitt was aware of or had agreed to the terms of the contract. He has previously stated that he is opposed to abortion except in cases or rape or incest, or if the life of the mother was at stake.