Does Romney want to eliminate funding for planned parenthood?

The Obama campaign has run millions of dollars worth of ads attacking Mitt Romney’s pro-life views on abortion and the president’s campaign apparently thinks that’s not enough.

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.”

We will read your comment immediately so leave a remark!

RSS Guardian Express

  • Autism and the Challenges of Easter April 18, 2014
    For most families living with an autistic loved one, everyday holds certain demands. Holidays, like Easter, provide even further challenges for those with autism. The traditions most people take for granted must be approached from a unique perspective. Zack, who is 11 years old, is moderate to high-functoning on the Autism Spectrum. He loves the […]
    Stacy Lamy
  • Peaches Geldof Funeral Arrangements Shared April 18, 2014
    The funeral arrangements for Peaches Geldof have been shared by her family. It will be a private funeral on Easter Monday (April 21), and will be held in the same church as her mother’s funeral. St. Mary Magdalene and St. Lawrence Church in Davington is also the same church that the 25-year-old socialite married and […]
    Alexandria Ingham
  • Game of Thrones Spoilers Ruining the Experience? April 18, 2014
    Sharing spoilers of Game of Thrones is ruining the experience for some people. They do not want to know what happens in the episodes before they get a chance to see it themselves. The issue reached its peak so far this week after many publications started sharing the events of the “Purple Wedding” just after […]
    Alexandria Ingham
  • Game of Thrones Spoilers Lead to Arguments Online April 18, 2014
    The internet has been surrounded with Game of Thrones spoilers this week that include the death of a certain character, and it has led to arguments online. Many people who have not read the books or seen the episode yet have gotten annoyed at publications for sharing the details of the character’s death, and even […]
    Alexandria Ingham
  • Miley Cyrus Hits Out at Hospital Rumors April 18, 2014
    Miley Cyrus has hit out at rumors suggesting her recent trip to hospital was due to her partying ways. A number of publications decided to jump on the idea that the 21-year-old was out partying in a way to get over the recent death of her dog, Floyd. In a statement, which she linked to […]
    Alexandria Ingham

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 626 other subscribers