Romney Remarks Draw Criticism: No Abortion Legislation On My Agenda

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told reporters yesterday that there are no current pieces of legislation pertaining to abortion that he would support if elected as president.

“There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda,” he advised the editorial board of the Des Moines Register during a visit Tuesday.

Romney met with the newspaper prior to a campaign rally at a farm in Van Meter, Iowa.

He outlined that by executive order, he would reinstate the Mexico City policy that was in place during the presidency of George W. Bush, which bars using federal funds for overseas abortions. However, in regard to the home front, he had no immediate plans to overturn any laws pertaining to abortion.

After receiving word of his comments, the Obama campaign released a statement criticizing Romney for confusing voters on where he stands on the matter.

“It’s troubling that Mitt Romney is so willing to play politics with such important issues,” Obama spokesperson Lis Smith stated. “Women simply can’t trust him.”

Barack Obama has consistently expressed his support for abortion, making several speeches at Planned Parenthood gatherings.

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“I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right,” he told an audience in January, which marked the 39th year since Roe v. Wade. “And as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”

As previously reported, Mitt Romney announced in August that he does not oppose abortion in instances of rape.

“A Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape,” explained campaign spokesperson Amanda Henneberg in a statement promptly released in opposition to remarks made by Senatorial candidate Todd Akin. Akin had stated in an interview that he believes “the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”

Brendan Buck, press secretary for the Romney-Ryan campaign, also told Christian News Network that while Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan disagree on which exceptions to abortion are permissible, they have come to a compromise under the heading of the campaign.

“[T]he position of the campaign is not to oppose abortion in the cases of rape, incest, and to protect the life of the mother,” he advised. “Congressman Ryan’s personal beliefs provide only a life of the mother exception, but the position of the Romney-Ryan campaign also allows exceptions in the case of rape or incest.”

Keith Mason of Personhood USA states that of all of the presidential candidates during this election, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were the only two that refused to sign the Personhood Statement.

“We’ve gotten the attitude from Romney that he doesn’t need those of us who are pro-life. He won’t interact with us on the Personhood pledge,” Mason remarked. “[I]n a debate sponsored by CNN, Romney said he would not favor protecting the pre-born under the 14th Amendment because it would create a constitutional crisis. … That doesn’t sound like someone who is pro-life to me.”

Current legislation being presented to Congress in regard to abortion includes the Life at Conception Act, introduced by Representative Duncan Hunter of California. Approximately 120 congressmen from across the country have co-sponsored the bill. Many believe that the law, in establishing the personhood of the unborn, would effectively overturn Roe v. Wade.

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  • Stephanie

    Romney has never been an advocate for the preborn. Yet, countless Christians will “hold their noses” and vote for this pretender because he is the “lesser of two evils”.

    Christian’s have a higher standard. We have the Word of God as the standard to base every decision on. God’s Word is not silent regarding our leaders. We are to vote for men who fear God. Men who shun evil. Romney is biblically unqualified at every level. Those who vote for him out of a sense of fear, rather than faith, are going to be sorely disappointed if he is elected. He will not deliver as promised. But it could work out for our benefit in the long-run. Perhaps, Christians will become disheartened regarding our political leaders,and turn their eyes to heaven. Our faith should rest in the promises of God; not men.

    • Steve

      Exceptions of rape, incest, and the life of the mother, any Christian that agrees to Abortion doesn’t know the meaning of life and the true purpose of God in this world. Joe Biden comments I found offensive saying that he is a catholic but didn’t give any clarication where He stands on the issue. You can’t serve two master Joe you either love the one or dispose the other. To me this was disappointing if you believe in God then you stand as His witness in all places and defend those sacred beliefs not matter how unpopular they maybe to the rest of the world, as the Great Lord once said ” They draw near with their lips, But their hearts are far from Me “.

    • Brandon

      While I agree with much of this, Romney is still clearly better on abortion than Obama is. Therefore I have to vote for the one who has the best chance at defeating Obama, which would be Romney. I’m not voting for a person, necessarily, I am voting on an issue – opposing abortion more than it is now. We also are not electing a pastor.

      So, what is the alternative? If you don’t vote for Romney (or if you are voting 3rd party) then you are basically giving your vote to Obama… that would mean you are allowing someone that supports abortion (and has supported partial birth abortion) to stay in office.

      You only have two choices:

      1. Vote for someone that at least opposes abortion to some degree.

      2. Do nothing or vote for someone besides Romney, which will essentially be a vote for supporting abortion to its fullest.