I realize this was published in the last edition of the San Jose Metro, but I hadn't seen it referenced here and thought others might have missed it as well.
It again discusses some of Mitt's vile behavior while he was a Mormon bishop in MA. It recalls how he tried to bully a woman, Carrel Hilton Sheldon, into not having an abortion after she had been advised by her doctor that she needed an abortion for her own safety and had been told it was ok by the Mormon stake president in MA.
Sheldon's doctor advised her that the overdose of Heparin might have also harmed her 8-week-old fetus and, given the possible fatal repercussions to her, he recommended that she abort her pregnancy.I had heard of this story before but was not aware that another Mormon church leader who was a physician had already advised her differently.
Sheldon, a mother of four at the time (a fifth child had died as an infant), was then a practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), outside of Boston. 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.
"Of course, you should have the abortion," she recalled him saying.
According to an account later written anonymously by Sheldon for the LDS women's journal, Exponent II, it was after receiving this counsel from her Williams supporting the potentially life-saving procedure 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.'"
The article also contains some other pretty unflattering accounts of Romney's treatment and views of woman during his time as bishop including pressuring a single mother to give her child up for adoption to the church. Interestingly, the pressure was to give up her second child, a white male, while no pressure was put on her to give up her first child for adoption. I wonder why? It just so happens her first child was a black female.
It is a good read and contains many other tales of woe from woman who have had to deal with Mitt over the years.