Romney says won't pursue new abortion laws

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:20am EDT

1 of 2. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney carries a child after speaking at a campaign rally outside the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio October 9, 2012.

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CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (Reuters) - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, in an apparent fresh move toward the political center, said on Tuesday if elected he would not pursue specific legislation targeting abortion.

"There's no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda," Romney told the Des Moines Register's editorial board during a campaign visit to Van Meter, Iowa.

Romney's comment could be construed as reassuring some women voters who have had reservations about his candidacy. In recent weeks he has taken some steps toward the political center as he tries to attract independent voters before the November 6 election.

Some conservatives would like legislation aimed at limiting abortions, which were legalized in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

Reacting to Romney's comments, President Barack Obama's campaign sharply criticized the Republican, saying he had previously pledged to appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

"It's troubling that Mitt Romney is so willing to play politics with such important issues," said Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith.

Romney told the newspaper that he would issue an executive order to reinstate a ban on U.S. foreign aid money being used to pay for abortions in countries that receive the assistance. Obama had dropped the "Mexico City" policy on such aid shortly after taking office.

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul, asked to comment on his remarks, said the Republican is "proudly pro-life, and he will be a pro-life president."

(Reporting By Steve Holland; editing by Philip Barbara)

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Comments (34)
jeff81201 wrote:
Yo dude, since you’d be the Executive Branch, it wouldn’t be your duty to legislate., Of course, you would appoint more crazy right-wing justices.

Oct 09, 2012 10:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JohnBurik wrote:
He didn’t say what your lead (or tweet) says at all. He said “there’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with….”

Oct 09, 2012 10:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
GoldNugget wrote:
Who is this guy? In the last week he has changed position on virtually everything he has said for the past year. The GOP believes they can get away with it because the undecided (uninterested, low information) voters just started paying attention and hopefully they didn’t hear that other Mitt.

It is up to the Presidents Campaign but also the responsibility of the media to call him out on these stark reversals. Why is the right wing suddenly silent on his apparent bouts of moderation? Perhaps they have realized that right wing policies were doomed to lose. Apparently, the etch-a-sketch moment has arrived.

Oct 09, 2012 11:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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