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Mitt Romney’s Changes Stance On Abortion, Poses Challenge To Ryan Before Debate

via Gregory J. Krieg, ABC News

Mitt Romney says he has no plans to push new anti-abortion laws if elected, a position that could put him at odds with parts of his core constituency and his own running mate, Paul Ryan.

“There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda,” the Republican presidential nominee told Iowa’s Des Moines Register editorial board Tuesday.

Ryan, who will debate Vice President Biden Thursday Danville, Ky., has been one of the most active anti-abortion members of Congress, co-sponsoring a so-called “personhood” amendment during his last term. Under the proposed law, terminating a pregnancy would become illegal, even in cases of rape.

Romney’s comment inspired a unique kind of agreement between the two campaigns today, with both sides arguing the Republican was more dedicated to the anti-abortion cause than his remark in Iowa would suggest.

“Mitt Romney is proudly pro-life, and he will be a pro-life president,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said just hours after the comments were posted online. She later added Romney “would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life.”

From Chicago, the Obama camp pounced with spokeswoman Lis Smith saying today, “It’s troubling that Mitt Romney is so willing to play politics with such important issues…. Women simply can’t trust him.”

“We’re not saying that he’s changed his mind on these issues,” deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said. “We’re saying he’s trying to cover up his beliefs.”

In the aftermath of his well-received debate performance, Romney has seen his support among women voters rise. Recent polls show him even with or just behind Obama, who has held a commanding lead for much of the campaign season.

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One thought on “Mitt Romney’s Changes Stance On Abortion, Poses Challenge To Ryan Before Debate

  1. I will only vote for someone who truly believes in the sanctity of life, of the youngest and smallest of lives first. Ron Paul is that man but unfortunately not on the ballot. President Obama will never have my vote. Mitt Romney doesn’t seem to have a definite prolife stance enough for me. He is wishy-washy in this regard. It seems so easy for us to throw around the term “abortion”. How many people actually stop to think that this word means murder. Abortion is an easier to say unfeeling word that doesn’t implicate anyone or make us feel bad that a human baby is actually murdered. If that baby was born and out of the womb only one second, and the mother decided she did not want the baby and killed the baby, this would be called murder and she would go to prison. Does just passing through the birth canal make us human and not before? This is truly sad and stupid thinking that helps some people seemingly feel that it is not wrong to hurt and kill a feeling human being at the very beginning of life. This murderous act should never be an issue. “Thou shalt not kill”.Give your baby life and yourself peace of mind.

    Posted by Patricia J Arena | October 18, 2012, 2:22 PM

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