President Obama’s reelection campaign isn’t buying Mitt Romney’s contention that new restrictions on abortion aren’t part of his legislative agenda.
“It’s troubling that Mitt Romney is so willing to play politics with such important issues. But we know the truth about where he stands on a woman’s right to choose – he’s said he’d be delighted to sign a bill banning all abortions, and called Roe v. Wade ‘one of the darkest moments in Supreme Court history’ while pledging to appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn it,” said Lis Smith, a campaign spokesperson for Obama. “Women simply can’t trust him.”
Romney told the Des Moines Register Tuesday that he didn’t plan to put forward new abortion laws.
“There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda,” he told the paper.
Planned Parenthood, which Romney has promised to defund as part of his plan to balance the budget, called the quote “misleading.”
“Let’s be clear: Mitt Romney wants to overturn Roe v. Wade, end federal funding for Planned Parenthood’s preventive services, end insurance coverage for birth control, and repeal health protections for women,” the group’s political wing said in a statement.
Shortly after Register interview, Romney’s campaign clarifed the abortion quote to the National Review.
“Governor Romney would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life,” Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul said.