October 10th, 2012
11:25 PM ET

KTH: Mitt Romney's changing views on abortion

Mitt Romney backtracked after saying he would not pursue abortion legislation during an interview he gave on Tuesday to the "Des Moines Register." Critics point to his comment as further proof he's embracing a centrist position to appeal to voters, especially women.

A campaign spokeswoman released a response to the "National Review" soon after, telling them, "Governor Romney would, of course, support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life." On Wednesday, Romney told reporters "I'm a pro-life candidate, and I'll be a pro-life president." He went on to say he would immediately eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood.

Keeping Them Honest, his stance on the issue has fluctuated throughout his political career, long before his run for president. Anderson Cooper looks at his previous views on abortion starting with a statement he made in 1994 when running for office in Mass. against Sen. Ted Kennedy. "I believe abortion should be safe and legal in this country," said Romney.

Filed under: 2012 Election • Abortion • Keeping Them Honest • Mitt Romney
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  1. Yo Krieg

    Mitt Romney said everything the Tea Party wanted to hear to win the Republican nomination. Now he is saying everything the Independents want to hear by changing his position on many issues. Is he now moving from the right to the center out of desperation ?. Does he really believe he can have it both ways ?.

    October 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  2. Gina

    Makes me wonder and not sure if I even want to vote this election.

    October 14, 2012 at 3:23 am |
  3. Bridget Allison

    Romney as President is a frightening proposition. He says one thing publicly, another privately. Face it, these same o fat cat republican men would have their daughters on an international flight if abortion became illegal in America. I am a Catholic woman who believes I have no right to tell any woman she must bear a child. Let Planned Parenthood educate rather than spend resources defending Roe v Wade.

    October 11, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
  4. maggie

    why is Romney not afforded the same luxury of "evolving" we heard about when Obama changed his position on same sex marriage?

    October 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  5. susan Porretta

    Abortion will always be available to women who have the means to call their doctor privately and pay for it irregardless of what the government says. PP is for women who really don't have the means to seek an abortion. They are not in a financial position to be supporting children. PP can help them also with contraception. Romney wants to remove funding for PP, but then these women will be forced to go on Welfare and we will see a huge # of children dependent on government funding, (unless, Romney wants them to rot in the street which I wouldn't put passed him).

    October 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • yvette H

      planned parenthood saves womens lives. so many women dont have access to care. prevention is better than abortion, and the lives that are saved, from the ability to have access to care is countless. How many motherless children do we want in foster care? how many pregnant poor women do we need on welfare? Prevention is the stalwart of Planned Parenthood

      October 18, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  6. Carol Rosenblatt

    It is ironic that a country that embraces and promotes freedom and diversity has a Presidential nominee that would deny women a choice...and then lie about it! He is the consummate salesman...he will say anything to close the deal! Never underestimate the power of independent women...

    October 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
  7. Proactive

    No suprise. He has changed opinions, views, stance on and about everything. How he can be trusted is beyond any sane comprehension.

    October 11, 2012 at 9:26 am |
    • scottf

      I agree with you 100% sir. The underlying trait that you have to have as President is whether you are truthful. How can you trust someone who changes positions on EVERYTHING . There is one area where he has not changed his position, however, and that is releasing his last few years of taxes. This is the REAL Romney-secretive and manipulative.

      October 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • yvette H

      i agree wholeheartedly that the lack of veracity this candidate displays, and his" trust me" attitude is quite frightening. and as james said, correctly so, if men did get pregnant it would indeed be an amendment by now! any woman who votes for the agenda of this ticket, is certainly akin to a holocaust victim that votes for hitler

      October 18, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  8. nancy gonzalez

    I wish someone would interview a rep from planned Parenthood to learn of the many things they do. They are not just an abortion clinic. If they shut down P P, there will be more abortions because many people rely on P P for contraception. Also if abortion is abolished, there will be many back alley hacks and incompetinent people trying to do abortions. Even women with wire coat hangers trying to do the deed.. I know this because I remember it from my younger days. If a woman wants an abortion, she will get one. It is legal. Leave it alone. Because it seems to be mostly men who are opposed to abortion, all they have to do is just wear a condom. Problem solved.

    October 11, 2012 at 2:15 am |
    • James

      As the old saying goes "If men could get pregnant the right to an abortion would be the 11th commandment"

      October 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm |

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