According to Yahoo, Romney is stepping back from his previous stance on abortion. Not his previous, previous stance on abortion, the one he’s taken since running for president.
On Tuesday the Republican candidate 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 statement is a shift from previous comments. In fact, as you’ll see in the video below, Romney has bounced back and forth on this issue a number of times. As the governor of Massachussetts he famously championed abortion rights. Even before becoming governor, in 1994, when he challenged the late Senator Kennedy, Romney was prety firm in his stance. “I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country; I have since the time that my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a U.S. Senate candidate,” he said during that year’s debate. “I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years, that we should sustain and support it.”
That prompted Kennedy to say, “I am pro-choice. My opponent is multiple choice.”
Multiple choice is right. Last year, Romney had this to say to Fox News. “I’d make sure that the progress that has been made to provide for life and to protect human life is not progress that would be reversed…My view is that the Supreme Court should reverse Roe v. Wade and send back to the states the responsibility for deciding whether they’re going to have abortion legal in their state or not.”
Now he’s backing off that to say that instead of legislation against abortion 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.
It’s not exactly a flip-flop, just a slow retreat from previous statements. The Obama campaign immediately pounced. Spokeswoman Lis Smith had this to say. “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.”
What are your thoughts?
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