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Obama Campaign truncates Romney quote in latest attack ad

by | Oct 18, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-life Mitt Romney

You would expect with pro-abortion President Barack Obama now trailing pro-life Mitt Romney by seven points in the latest Gallup poll that he would have even less regard for the truth than usual. And you would be right.

Virginia (where I live) is on the receiving end of a new ad which truncates what Romney said to CNN’s Anderson Cooper during a Republican primary debate. Cooper asked the GOP presidential candidates, “If Roe v. Wade was overturned, Congress passed a federal ban on all abortions and it came to your desk — would you sign it? Yes or no?”

What you see in the ad is Romney saying: “I’d be delighted to sign that bill.” What you don’t see is the rest of his response: “But that’s not where we are. That’s not where America is today.”

Mr. Romney’s position on abortion is clear. It is the same position as that held by pro-life President George W. Bush: he would allow abortions only in the cases of rape or incest or life of mother.

As we wrote about on Tuesday, Romney was asked about his position on abortion by the editorial board of the Columbus [Ohio] Dispatch.

Here’s how the Dispatch framed his response. “He conceded that the country is not ready to amend the Constitution to repeal the 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, so he would not push for such a change.” Then the newspaper quoted Romney directly.

“That’s not where America is now,” he said. “I would love us to be in a situation where the American people decide let’s not have abortion. But that’s not where we are. That’s why I think the most effective next step is to have the [Supreme] Court return the decision.”

Romney also said,

“And it is my preference that would return to the states and to the people and their elected representatives the issue of abortion–-as opposed to having the federal government impose, the Supreme Court impose its view on a one-vote majority. But that’s something that will be up to the court. That’s not something I can decide as president, that’s something which the court would have to decide.”

This also wasn’t new. Mr. Romney made precisely the same point last month on “Meet the Press,” where he said

“And it would be my preference that they [the Supreme Court] reverse Roe v. Wade and therefore they return to the people and their elected representatives the decisions with regards to this important issue. And I hope to appoint justices for the Supreme Court that will follow the law and the Constitution.”  (See

He has also made clear to the Dispatch that “I will not fund Planned Parenthood through federal funding.” Planned Parenthood, reliably demagogic, has turned that statement (which he has made many times) into the bogus claim the Romney wanted to run them out of business.

No, he wants to end federal funding of PPFA which performed 329,445 abortions in 2010, according to its most recent annual report.  That’s more than a quarter of the 1.2 million abortions performed in the United States every year, easily making them the nation’s largest abortion chain.

Moreover, Romney has often said that ObamaCare must be repealed.

In addition, Romney told the editorial board of the Dispatch he has “an executive order which I will put in place on Day 1, to see that the Mexico City policy is put back in place.” Obama rescinded this pro-life policy which had been enforced by Republican presidents going back to Ronald Reagan, opening the door to hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. funding to private organizations that perform and promote abortion overseas.

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