Three years after expressing support for ”the substance” of Roe v. Wade, Governor Mitt Romney today criticizes the landmark ruling that legalized abortion and says the states should decide separately whether to allow it.
Romney outlines his abortion position in an opinion article today in The Boston Globe, a day after he vetoed a bill that would expand access to the so-called ”morning after” pill, a high dose of hormones that women can take to prevent pregnancy up to five days after sex.
In a written response to a questionnaire for candidates in 2002, Romney told Planned Parenthood that he supported ”the substance of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade,” according to the group. Today, Romney describes himself as a ”pro-life governor” who wishes ”the laws of our nation could reflect that view.” Calling the country ”divided over abortion,” he says states ”should determine their own abortion laws and not have them dictated by judicial mandate.”
”I understand that my views on laws governing abortion set me in the minority in our Commonwealth,” Romney says in the op-ed article. ”I am prolife. I believe that abortion is the wrong choice, except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother. I wish the people of America agreed, and that the laws of our nation could reflect that view.”
Romney said he had vetoed the emergency contraception bill to fulfill his 2002 campaign promise not to change state abortion laws.
But supporters of the measure, pointing out that Romney has also pledged to support expanded access to emergency contraception, accused the GOP governor of trying to burnish his conservative credentials for a possible presidential run.
It sure feels like this country is going to be all Roe all the time for the next few months. At any rate, Romney’s op-ed in the Globe on why he vetoed the bill can be found here.