Romney adviser defends candidate's abortion stance
October 14th, 2012
09:14 AM ET
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Romney adviser defends candidate's abortion stance

(CNN) – A top adviser to Mitt Romney defended the GOP presidential nominee Sunday against accusations he was changing positions on abortion, saying Romney was a "pro-life candidate" and would serve as a "pro-life president."

Ed Gillespie, speaking to CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on "State of the Union," said that was a long-standing position for the Republican candidate.

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"What the governor has consistently said is that he thinks Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and this is something that should be left to elected representatives, to the people through their elected representatives," Gillespie said, referring to the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming a woman's right to have an abortion.

Last week, Romney told The Des Moines Register's editorial board that he was not aware of any abortion legislation he would promote as part of his agenda as president.

"There's no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda," Romney said in an interview with the newspaper.

Democrats claimed that was a reversal for the candidate, who maintained during the GOP primary season that he would support efforts to remove funding for Planned Parenthood, a women's health group that provides abortion services. Several House Republicans have introduced legislation that would strip funding from the group.

Romney has also said that for any Supreme Court vacancies, he would nominate candidates who would support overturning Roe v. Wade.

On Sunday, Gillespie pointed to Romney's vow in the Register interview to re-enact the Mexico City policy, a provision that prohibits U.S. federal aid dollars from funding abortion services in other countries. The policy has generally been implemented by Republican administrations and dropped by Democratic presidents. President Barack Obama rescinded it shortly after taking office in 2009.

"It's an important issue in terms of taxpayer funding for abortion," Gillespie said on CNN.

He said the abortion issue would continue to play a role in the closing weeks of the campaign.

"Life is a very important issue in this election, as is the economy, as is national security. All these issues always play a very important role," Gillespie said.

CNN's Greg Wallace contributed to this report.

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  1. jnpa

    In his 1994 debate with Sen Ted Kennedy, Romney said "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country." He also said "I have since the time my mom took that position since she ran in 1970 as a U.S. Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe vs. Wade has been the law for 20 years that we should sustain and support it and I sustain and support that law and the right of a woman to make that choice. And my personal beliefs, like the personal beliefs of other people, should not be brought into a political campaign.” Romney asked for rebuttal time and said, "I have my own beliefs and those beliefs are very dear to me. One of them is that I do not impose my beliefs on other people. Many, many years ago I had a dear, close family relative that was very close to me that passed away from an illegal abortion. It is since that time that my mother and my family have committed to the belief that we can believe as we want but we will not force our beliefs on others on that matter and you will not see me wavering on that or be a multiple choice."
    So, did he lie then or is he lying now? One way or the other he lied. He will tell you whatever you want to hear folks. Please standby, every comment he has made WILL change, guaranteed!

    October 14, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. Natalie

    Debbie, your analogy does not hold water for the mere fact that abortion is legal in our country and meth, pot, and crack are not. Get it? Was that hard; did it make your brain hurt? If you don't want an abortion, don't have one. We don't live in a theocracy. You want men controlling your life, move to Iran.

    October 14, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Kelvin

    This is what fustrates me.... Just because you are a Catholic, Baptist ect does not give you the right to force your own person beliefs upon people who don't believe the same thing. You can live you personal life one way but when you live in publics like you have to think about all people. Not just the ones who believe that same was you do. That is what I think it is hilarious. republican want to get rid of program that help single mothers, also get. The demoniz birth control but yet want to force a woman to have a child without providing simple ways to prevent it. But yes to offer free birth control is a religious invasion? You don't have to use it, but I think it is far to have it available.

    October 14, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |

    @ debbie. Stop listening to the malarkey on faux news you are part of the 47% robme. Or are you ann it is our turn robme. By the way where are those tax returns.also those old folks paid long in advance for those hip replacements. Have a nice day ann.

    October 14, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Thomas

    Thats not what he said last year !
    Five sones , who avoided voluntary military service in times of war , wars they supported.
    19 Grandchildren .

    Dont trust Romney .
    He sounds more like the Rothschild family known as the House of Rothschild, or more simply as the Rothschilds.

    October 14, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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