The Truth-O-Meter Says:

"I'm pro-life. He's not."

Sam Brownback on Tuesday, August 21st, 2007 in

Romney now opposes abortion

In an effort to distinguish himself from Romney, Brownback calls himself "pro-life" but says Romney is not.

Brownback accurately describes his own position. He has consistently supported increased restrictions on abortion and opposed federal funding for stem-cell research.

Romney says he is pro-life, but acknowledges that he has not been consistent on the issue over the years.

In his 1994 Senate race against incumbent Democratic Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Romney said in a televised debate, "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country . . . I believe that since Roe V. Wade has been the law for twenty years, it should be sustained and supported. And I sustain and support that law, and support the right of a woman to make that choice. "

Romney reiterated his position in his 2002 campaign for governor, saying "I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose and am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard."

Romney said he changed his mind on abortion after meeting with a Harvard stem-cell researcher in 2004.

In July 2005, he wrote in a Boston Globe op-ed, "I am pro-life. 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. But while the nation remains so divided over abortion, I believe that the states, through the democratic process, should determine their own abortion laws and not have them dictated by judicial mandate."

Brownback's statement about Romney would have been true if he had referred to the former governor's past position. But since Brownback was clear that it was present-tense, we find the claim to be false.

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Published: Wednesday, September 12th, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Subjects: Abortion


Brownback's votes: Abortion vote, 108th Congress

Abortion vote, 108th Congress< />

Stem cell vote, 109th Congress

Romney on abortion in 1994

Romney on abortion in 2002

TIME MAGAZINE, What Romney Believes, May 10, 2007

ABC NEWS, Romney Woos Anti-Abortion Advocates, June 15, 2007

Romney campaign Web site

Written by: Ryan Kelly
Researched by: Ryan Kelly
Edited by: Scott Montgomery

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