Mitt Romney’s Abortion Stance Changes As He Promises ‘No Abortion Legislation’

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romneyin his recent interview said that he would not pursue any abortion-related legislation if elected president.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romneyin his recent interview said that he would not pursue any abortion-related legislation if elected president.

There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda,” Romney told The Des Moines Register..

However within two hours of the Register posting this  story, Romney campaign tried to clarify his statement by saying, “Romney would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life," said Republican spokeswoman Andrea Saul.

"Mitt Romney is proudly pro-life, and he will be a pro-life president," she further added.

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Romney told the Register he will restrict abortion in one way, and that would be through an executive order banning U.S. foreign aid money to be used for abortions. His statement signifies an obvious shift on a topic that Obama's campaign has aimed to use against him. Soon after the comments were posted on the Register's website, the president's campaign pounced.

It’s troubling that Mitt Romney is so willing to play politics with such important issues," Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said in a statement. "But we know the truth about where he stands on a woman’s right to choose – he’s said he’d be delighted to sign a bill banning all abortions, and called Roe v. Wade ‘one of the darkest moments in Supreme Court history’ while pledging to appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn it. Women simply can’t trust him."

In the same interview, Romney continued to moderate his past positions glossing over his earlier support for a strong amendment on contraception policy. When asked whether insurers would be required to cover birth control, Romney answered absurdly , "Well it’s a question as to, should you get a car painted, you know, red or blue. I mean you can decide which you’d like. People who want to have contraceptive health insurance can choose that in their policy. Those that don’t have -- that choose not to can buy a policy with or without. It depends on the kind of policy you buy of course.”

Romney has earlier declared to end taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, "Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that," he said in March, referring to budget cuts he would make as president.

Countering Romney’s latest statement, Dawn Laguens, Planned Parenthood Action Fund Executive Vice President, said in a statement, "Last week, Mitt Romney was dishonest about his tax plan and his Medicare plan, and today he’s being dishonest about his intention to end access to safe and legal abortion."

 

 

He further added, "Mitt Romney has been crystal clear that if he’s elected President, he will work to overturn Roe v. Wade. Mitt Romney’s views on women’s health are far outside of the mainstream, and that’s why he’s trying to hide them in the last weeks until the election.

Let’s have a quick look at what the Twitterverse has to say about Romney’s statement:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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