Romney promises no abortion legislation
Wed, 10 Oct 2012 6:52p.m.
By Steve Peoples
Wading into an explosive social issue, Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday said 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," he told the Des Moines Register in an interview posted on the newspaper's website.
The former Massachusetts governor said he would instead use an executive order to reinstate the so-called Mexico City policy that bans American aid from funding abortions. President Barack Obama waived the order soon after taking office.
Still unclear is what Romney would do if a Republican-controlled Congress passed abortion legislation and presented it to him to sign into law.
The Romney campaign sought to walk back the comments soon after they were posted on the Register's website. "Gov. Romney would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life," spokeswoman Andrea Saul said, declining to elaborate.
Romney supported abortion rights when he first became Massachusetts governor, but he changed his position while in office.
Facing sceptical conservatives in the Republican presidential primary earlier in the year, Romney regularly discussed his opposition to gay marriage, abortion and illegal immigration. Once he claimed the Republican presidential nomination, however, he focused almost exclusively on economic issues and has pushed a more moderate tone as Election Day nears.
As both campaigns court female voters, Obama's campaign has featured Romney's opposition to abortion in television ads running in several swing states.
The president's campaign pounced on Tuesday's apparent shift, issuing a statement that "within just a couple hours of the story with Romney's abortion comments posting, his spokesperson clarified that he would in fact support legislation to restrict a woman's right to choose."
"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," Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith said.
As recently as a presidential debate in January, Romney said the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that legalized abortion across the nation. He has repeatedly said he would cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood, a women's health organization that provides abortions. Such a move would likely require legislation.
The Planned Parenthood Action Fund says Romney's statement to the Des Moines Register is misleading.
"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," said action fund executive vice president Dawn Laguens.
Saul said Romney's position is clear: "Mitt Romney is proudly pro-life, and he will be a pro-life president," she said.
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22/10/2012 11:14:28 a.m.
@kevin I couldnt have said it better myself, until any 1 religion is proven to be 100% true it has no place in politics, also @ Jan all religions claim to be about love and peace and morals but the simple truth is that there is nothing good that a religion does or gives people that cant be done without religion, but there are evil things that can only be achieved through relioious beliefs! it has been this way since the birth of religion and is still happening today. Until people start using simple common sence and stop believing these "fairytales" there can never truely be peace on earth. How someone can actually believe things on "faith" astounds me, there is no other part of our lives that requires faith for the simple reason that faith is gullability and the excuse that people give when there is no good reason to believe. Lets face it if there was a good reason to believe you wouldnt need faith!!!
21/10/2012 4:25:45 p.m.
KEVIN' Mormon don't smoke or drink alcohol' but only preach the word of God and Commandments, Rommey is full of fairy dales.
21/10/2012 11:56:44 a.m.
According to the anti-abortion movement media (ie Lifesite Canada), Romney is lying. He has promised to repeal Roe versus Wade and will indeed be an unrepentant anti-abortionist if elected to office.
19/10/2012 8:39:46 a.m.
If romney is elected it will be a disaster, he is far to religious. Religion has no place in politics, the most powerful man in the world needs to do what is best for the world not push the rules of fairytales
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