Romney’s abortion remarks bring issue back into focus
The abortion issue returned to the fore of the presidential campaign Wednesday as Mitt Romney reaffirmed his opposition and said he would act from the White Houseto reduce the incidence of abortion in the United States and around the world.
“I think I’ve said time and again, I’m a pro-life candidate. I’ll be a pro-life president,” the Republican presidential nominee told reporters at a campaign stop in this central Ohio suburb.
“The actions I’ll take immediately are to remove funding for Planned Parenthood. It will not be part of my budget,” Romney said. “And also I’ve indicated I’ll reverse the Mexico City position of the president. I will reinstate the Mexico City policy.”
That was a reference to a ban on taxpayer funding for international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion counseling, a policy named after the city where it was announced. The ban has routinely been repealed under Democratic presidents and reinstated under Republicans.
The abortion issue, which became a brief focal point of the presidential campaign over the summer, resurfaced after a Romney interview with the Des Moines Register in which he seemed to downplay its import. He told the newspaper that there was “no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.”
Soon after his remarks were posted online Tuesday, a Romney spokeswoman told the Associated Press, “Mitt Romney is proudly pro-life, and he will be a pro-life president.” [more]