What is Romney's Legislative Agenda on Abortion?
Image: Evan Vucci / AP
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 ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

May
Subscribe to CT and get one year free.
Read These Next
Current IssueWhy Don’t the Gospel Writers Tell the Same Story?
Why Don’t the Gospel Writers Tell the Same Story? Subscriber Access Only
New Testament scholar and apologist Michael Licona’s new book argues that ancient literary devices are the answer—and that’s a good thing for Christians.
RecommendedAdultery in 2017: Christians Rank What Counts as Cheating
Adultery in 2017: Christians Rank What Counts as Cheating
Survey finds evangelicals are more accepting of politicians' unfaithfulness, but disapprove of flirty texting.
TrendingForgiveness: Muslims Moved as Coptic Christians Do the Unimaginable
Forgiveness: Muslims Moved as Coptic Christians Do the Unimaginable
Amid ISIS attacks, faithful response inspires Egyptian society.
Editor's PickThe March for Science Is Willing to Get Political. But Will It Welcome Religion?
The March for Science Is Willing to Get Political. But Will It Welcome Religion?
How evangelical scientists square their place in the global movement.
Christianity Today
What is Romney's Legislative Agenda on Abortion?
hide thisAccess The Archives

In the Archives

October 2012

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.