Like most radical Republicans, Mitt Romney's view of women is biblically defined. They are vessels, mere containers for the seed of men. They are also temptresses, the ultimate evil corrupting righteous men.
giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel ~ 1 Peter 3:7
Do you know that you [women] are each an Eve? The sentence of God on this sex of yours lives in this age: the guilt must of necessity live too. You are the devil’s gateway: you are the unsealer of that forbidden tree; you are the first deserters of the divine law; you are she who persuades him whom the devil was not valiant enough to attack. You destroyed so easily God’s image, man. On account of your desert-that is death-even the Son of God had to die. ~ St. Tertullian
As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active force in the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of woman comes from a defect in the active force or from some material indisposition, or even from some external influence. ~ St. Thomas Aquinas
If they [women] become tired or even die, that does not matter. Let them die in childbirth, that's why they are there. ~ Martin Luther
Make dads the godly leaders with the women in submission, raising kids for the glory of God. ~ Randall Terry, Operation Rescue
Sisters, do you wish to make yourselves happy? Then what is your duty? It is for you to bear children. ~ Brigham Young
I think no more of taking a wife than I do of buying a cow. ~ Heber Kimball, one of the original apostles of the Mormon church, he had 43 wives.
I have no wife whom I love so well that I would not put a javelin through her heart, and I would do it with clean hands. ~ Brigham Young on the concept of "blood atonement" for sins. He had 55 wives.
To radical Republicans, a pregnant woman is merely a jar containing the gift of a man's sperm. Whether or not the sperm was placed there by violence is immaterial. The woman of no more concern than a glass beaker.
As for rape? The sin is for a woman to survive rape. Death is the only proof a woman has that she didn't "ask for it."
It is better to die in defending one’s virtue than to live having lost it without a struggle. ~ Spencer W. Kimball, President of the Mormon Church until 1985.