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What is Romney's Legislative Agenda on Abortion?
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What is Romney's Legislative Agenda on Abortion?

Abortion remains an issue in the presidential campaign. One reason is Mitt Romney's stance on the issue.

The once pro-choice and now pro-life candidate wants Roe v. Wade overturned, but he does not want the United States Supreme Court to outlaw or limit abortion. Instead, he wants to return to the pre-Roe status quo in which states decide abortion policy.

During Thursday's vice-presidential debate, moderator Martha Raddatz asked Republican candidate Paul Ryan if Americans who believe abortion should remain legal should be fearful of a Romney administration.

"We don't think that unelected judges should make this decision; that people through their elected representatives in reaching a consensus in society through the democratic process should make this determination," Ryan said.

Ryan's carefully worded response expresses Romney's position that the error of Roe v. Wade was to nationalize abortion policy.

In 2007, when Romney was asked about the landmark ruling, he said that Americans are not ready to ban abortion; so, he would prefer that states decide the issue.

"I'd like to see Roe v. Wade overturned and allow the states and the elected representatives of the people and the people themselves have the ability to put in place pro-life legislation,"Romney said. "And of course it's our aspiration that at some point we'll see a nation that doesn't have abortion. But until that time, I certainly believe that allowing states and citizens and their representatives to fashion their own laws to protect the sanctity of life is very, very important."

Last Tuesday, Romney reignited the issue of abortion in the presidential campaign. Romney told the Des ...

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