Does Romney want to eliminate funding for planned parenthood?
In new commercials released today, the Obama campaign goes after Mitt Romney, yet again, on his multiple comments saying he supports “getting rid of” taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, because it does hundreds of thousands of abortions every year.
“I’ll cut off funding to Planned Parenthood,” Romney says in file footage shown in the commercial. “Planned Parenthood. We’re going to get rid of that.”
A female narrator says “women need to know the real Mitt Romney.” A little more than 24 hours after he told an Iowa newspaper that abortion legislation would not be part of his agenda if elected, Mitt Romney told reporters today that he would “immediately” move to defund Planned Parenthood.
“I’ve said time and time again, I’m a pro-life candidate,” Romney told reporters during a stop at a restaurant in Ohio today. “I’ll be a pro-life president. The actions I’ll take immediately are to remove funding for Planned Parenthood. It will not be part of my budget.
“And also, I’ve indicated I’ll reverse the Mexico City position of the president,” Romney added. “I will reinstate the Mexico City policy.”
Shortly after taking office in 2009, President Obama signed an executive order reversing the “Mexico City policy,” which prohibited funding to international family planning groups that provided abortions. It essentially barred recipients of U.S. foreign aid from promoting abortion as a method of family planning.
Romney frequently touted his desire to defund Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides abortions and other services to women, during the Republican primary.
He added during a debate in January that he’d like to see Roe v. Wade overturned, referring to the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal.
But his comments today were an abrupt about-face from what he told the Des Moines Register Tuesday morning, when he said, “There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.”
A spokeswoman quickly clarified that Romney is a pro-life candidate, but Democrats had already pounced, accusing Romney of moving to the center on a controversial issue just weeks before the election.
“We’re not saying that he’s changed his mind on these issues,” Obama’s deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, told reporters, “We’re saying he’s trying to cover up his beliefs.”