Romney: No Plans For New Abortion Laws

The Slatest
Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Oct. 10 2012 9:23 AM

Romney Says His Agenda Includes No New Abortion Laws

Mitt Romney speaks to supporters at a rally on a farm on October 9, 2012 near Van Meter, Iowa

Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images.

Mitt Romney on Tuesday appeared to take a giant step toward the center—only to have his campaign slowly walk his official position back toward the right before the day was over.

Speaking with the Des Moines Register's editorial board in Iowa, the GOP challenger suggested that his presidential agenda contains no plans for new abortion legislation, but said he would use an executive order to block federally-funded international nonprofits from providing abortion abroad (an executive order known as the Mexico City Policy, which has been previously favored by past GOP administrations).


"There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda," the GOP hopeful told the paper Tuesday.

After those comments were published online, Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul released a statement clarifying that: "Mitt Romney is proudly pro-life, and he will be a pro-life president." She gave a somewhat more specific answer to the National Review Online's Katrina Trinko earlier in the day, however, telling the conservative outlet that: "Governor Romney would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life."

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 



The End of Pregnancy

And the inevitable rise of the artificial womb.

Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola in New York City

How a Company You’ve Never Heard of Took Control of the Entire Porn Industry

The Hot New Strategy for Desperate Democrats

Blame China for everything.

The Questions That Michael Brown’s Autopsies Can’t Answer


Kiev Used to Be an Easygoing Place

Now it’s descending into madness.


Don’t Just Sit There

How to be more productive during your commute.

There Has Never Been a Comic Book Character Like John Constantine

Which Came First, the Word Chicken or the Word Egg?

  News & Politics
The Slate Quiz
Oct. 24 2014 12:10 AM Play the Slate News Quiz With Jeopardy! superchampion Ken Jennings.
Oct. 23 2014 5:53 PM Amazon Investors Suddenly Bearish on Losing Money
Oct. 23 2014 5:08 PM Why Is an Obscure 1968 Documentary in the Opening Credits of Transparent?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 23 2014 11:33 AM Watch Little Princesses Curse for the Feminist Cause
  Slate Plus
Oct. 23 2014 11:28 AM Slate’s Working Podcast: Episode 2 Transcript Read what David Plotz asked Dr. Meri Kolbrener about her workday.
Brow Beat
Oct. 23 2014 6:55 PM A Goodfellas Actor Sued The Simpsons for Stealing His Likeness. Does He Have a Case?
Oct. 23 2014 11:47 PM Don’t Just Sit There How to be more productive during your commute.
  Health & Science
Oct. 23 2014 5:42 PM Seriously, Evolution: WTF? Why I love the most awkward, absurd, hacked-together species.
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.