[A not so pro-life administration, or a split ticket on the issue?]
Romney campaign: ‘A Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape’
WASHINGTON, August 20, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Responding to the media frenzy over Missouri Congressman Todd Akin’s gaffe about abortion and “legitimate rape,” the Romney campaign has avowed that it will not oppose abortion in cases of rape. Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said: “a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape.”
A spokesperson for the Romney campaign would not elaborate on the statement when contacted by LifeSiteNews, but affirmed the accuracy of the quotation.
The position is one which Mitt Romney has voiced previously. In his “pro-life pledge” of June 2011, penned in the pages of National Review, Romney began by stating: “I am pro-life and believe that abortion should be limited to only instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.”
The ‘pledge’ went on to enumerate several pro-life promises including reversing Roe v Wade, barring use of federal funds for abortion, reinstating the Mexico City policy banning US funds to NGOs performing or promoting abortion, and appointing judges who respect the constitution.
Romney’s position does not appear to be shared by his running mate, Paul Ryan, who has supported personhood legislation, which would recognize all human beings as persons, beginning at conception. He has stated in the past that the only case in which he would support abortion is threat to the life of the mother. “I’m as pro-life as a person gets,” Ryan told The Weekly Standard, a conservative magazine, in 2010.