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Campaign says Romney misspoke, does not support abortion for ‘health’ of the mother: pro-life leader

Ben Johnson

TAMPA, August 31, 2012, ( – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney misspoke this week when he said he believed abortion should be permitted if a doctor says the “health” of the mother might be compromised, according to the leader of one of the nation’s leading pro-life organizations.

“My position has been clear throughout this campaign,” Romney told CBS News. “I’m in favor of abortion being legal in the case of rape and incest, and the health and life of the mother.”  

Romney had not previously included maternal “health,” an exception pro-abortion activists have interpreted so broadly that it essentially justifies abortion under any circumstances.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, told American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer this week that she had spoken with a campaign official, who confirmed the former governor did not favor such an expansive exception. 

“If that were his position, he would never have received our endorsement, that’s for sure,” Dannenfelser said. “I have heard clarification from his spokesperson, restating what his position really is, which is rape, incest, life of the mother. That is his position. Those are his exceptions.”

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She said Romney had suffered a verbal miscue. “It happens a lot,” she said. “There are a lot of people misspeaking these days.”

In the interview with CBS, Romney had added that the president has little say over the issue, since Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court. The next president is expected to appoint one or more Supreme Court justices.


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