Unannounced Obama ad continues abortion criticism of Romney
October 25th, 2012
10:59 AM ET
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Unannounced Obama ad continues abortion criticism of Romney

(CNN) - A new TV ad from President Barack Obama's campaign highlights multiple instances where Mitt Romney has expressed his support for overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision on abortion.

Both campaigns have produced ads in the past two weeks sparring over Romney's position on abortion and Planned Parenthood, with Obama's spots highlighting Romney's anti-abortion positions.

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"Which do you believe: what Mitt Romney's TV ads say about women, or what Romney himself says?" the narrator asks in the latest ad.

What follows is a series of clips of Romney saying he supports a "reverse of Roe v. Wade," which affirmed a woman's right to have an abortion. In another clip, he says, "I will cut off funding to Planned Parenthood."

Romney's spot responding to the Obama campaign's previous abortion ads shows a woman explaining the GOP presidential nominee's position.

"You know those ads saying Mitt Romney would ban all abortions and contraception seemed a bit extreme, so I looked into it," she says. "Turns out Romney doesn't oppose contraception at all. In fact he thinks abortion should be an option in cases of rape, incest, or to save a mother's life."

The narrator in Obama's latest spot says, "No matter what Mitt Romney's ads say, we know what he'll do."

The Obama campaign did not announce this spot, as the campaigns typically do, but the Campaign Media Analysis Group, CNN's ad tracking consultant, said it aired in several Florida and Virginia markets. The recent volley of abortion ads has been focused in Virginia, according to CMAG data. Video of the latest spot was uploaded to Obama's YouTube page on Thursday.

- CNN's Peter Hamby and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Mitt Romney • Planned Parenthood • President Obama
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. NameRichard McRae

    The Truth is CNN management is trying to destroy the Catholic Church.They also want you to use your feeble minds to think about abortion instead of Libya. The real abortion of Truth.

    October 25, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Malory Archer

    Long Time Democrat

    President Obama, People should not be made to pay for others life style choices.



    Nobody's asking anyone else to do so.


    October 25, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Tim

    Which Mitt should I commit to?? the severe conservative who believes rape is God's plan for woment to have babies, or the pro-abortion Mass. liberal??

    October 25, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Sol-L.I. N.Y.

    Colon Powell endoesed Obama again today......gotta love it. The man responsible for the phony WMD's in Iraq who fed lies to Bush and Cheney is in Obama's corner again.....no surprise here!

    All you Libs....must love that Powell...the mastermind of the WND's (remember his presentation to the U.N.?) is on your side. again.

    October 25, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Yeah. The gentler, kinder Mitt Romney is now for women ... unfortunately for him, he hand picked a running mate who is absolutely against women ... simply because we were born ... well, born with a vagina.

    October 25, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Ladies, what wil be your husband's response to your anger at him voting for Mittens when you or your mother/sister find the breast cancer too late? Will it be "it was the economy, stupid?"

    October 25, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. KM

    I don't blame Romney for his various positions on how he will move this country forward. Romeny is your typical CEO (this is not meant in a negative way). He was responsible for motivating his shareholders, changing marketing concepts to fit the times, etc., that is why in my opinion he doesn't stand for any particular issue. If the data shows that he is losing on a particular issue, he readjust to capture that market share. The problem with this in politics is that you are either for it or against it, and that is what people want to see.

    October 25, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. LIP

    Never quite understood how Democratic liberals can be 'against' capital punishment, but 'for' murdering babies

    October 25, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. GOP = Greed Over People!

    Once "god's gift" draws his/her first breath, the GOP "chri$tians" absolve society of all responsibility.

    Lyin' Ryan wants to cut Medicaid and shred any other safety net.

    Guess according to the GOP, the little nipper should be propped up outside, and wait for that "manna from heaven" to fall.

    Obviously, if the infant cannot process the manna and perishes, it was part of "god's master plan"!

    October 25, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. J Russ

    Patsy, it's not so much that they're telling you what you can do with your body, they're trying to say what you cannot do to your child.

    October 25, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Patsy, it's not so much that they're telling you what you can do with your body, they're trying to say what you cannot do to your child."

    Where's that "child" located? This has been decided. Don't like the Constitution? Move somewhere there isn't one.

    October 25, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Get those women under control – take away all their rights -


    After the women, chip away at men's rights. Pretty soon only corporations will have rights.

    October 25, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "abortion is a sin"

    The gov't isn't a theocracy.

    October 25, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. CB FL

    So is lying. An the list go on how Mitt & Ryan run this campaign.

    October 25, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. Joe

    Very smart ad. The best arguments against Romney are made by Romney himself.

    October 25, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Guest

    How any self respecting woman could support the dem ticket with Bill Clinton as it's standard bearer is beyond me. Keep buying the lies from the Obama campaign if you choose!

    ROMNEY/RYAN 2012

    October 25, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. Long Time Democrat

    Malory Archer

    You're wrong. Having others pay for someone else' contraception is NOT being responsible no matter how you want to sugar coat it.

    October 25, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. truth hurts

    Democrat Party Main Plank #1: Protect the murdering of unborn children at ALL costs. Call it"choice".

    Democrat Party Main Plank #2: Boo God, remove all references to religion or God. Attack those that are religious.

    Democrat Party Main Plank #3: Cultivate small interest groups to pander to and buy votes from using government money and services..

    October 25, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. vc

    Actually, we don't know what Romney will do on anything as he changes his mind often. I'm sorry but I don't trust him one bit.

    October 25, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    @richardmcrae, CNN and the Democrats are not the ones destroying the catholic church. The church is destroying itself and as an ex catholic I can tell you that between their old fashioned beliefs they are still stuck in the year 1 AD and their pedophile priests so they better look in the mirror to see who is destroying the church.
    As a woman nobody tells me not to use contraception. The world is overpopulated. We can't all be the duggars (who I don't believe are catholic) they are just stupid and irresponsible.

    October 25, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. wow

    Guest I am trying to understand you. Adultry is bad but rape is God's will?

    October 25, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. PacificView

    By Romney's reasoning we should take our air force back to 1917 levels? Obama's response wasn't flippant, Romney's baselineing the military to 1917 is absurd on every level. MR not qaulifed.

    October 25, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  23. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem is that we the public aren't 100% sure as to what Romney might be doing. We know that he plans on cutting taxes with no way to pay for it. Beyond that, I am not sure what he really plans on doing on lots of subjects.

    October 25, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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