The Truth-O-Meter Says:

Mitt Romney previously believed "that abortion should be safe and legal in this country." Now he is "prolife."

John McCain on Monday, January 28th, 2008 in an ad on the Internet

Romney has changed his stand on abortion

A new ad from John McCain makes the case that Mitt Romney has not always opposed abortion. Romney has acknowledged that this is the case.

When Romney ran for office in Massachusetts — unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 1994 and successfully for governor in 2002 — he often said he supported abortion rights.

McCain's ad highlights a few of those statements. "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country," Romney said in a 1994 debate with Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy.

In a 2002 debate, Romney said there was no difference between his views and that of his Democratic opponent, Shannon P. O'Brien. "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.

In 2007, Romney said his views have changed. "And I get tired of people that are holier than thou because they've been prolife longer than I have," he said at a Republican debate on Aug. 5, 2007.

( looked at Romney's abortion record previously; check out our stories here and here .)

McCain's ad accurately conveys Romney's positions now and during the previous times Romney has run for office. The ad clearly labels which statements were made during which campaign. For this reason, we find the ad's statements True.

For more on McCain's ad attacking Romney, see our story here .

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Published: Monday, January 28th, 2008 at 12:00 a.m.

Subjects: Abortion


YouTube video, Web Ad: A Tale of Two Mitts , posted Jan. 28, 2008

YouTube video, The Real Romney? , January 2007, Romney on Abortion - 2002, posted Feb. 19, 2007

Massachusetts Telegram and Gazette, "Debaters brawl on taxes and abortion; Candidates jab, accuse, deride," Oct. 30, 2002

Boston Globe, "The Kennedy-Romney Debates: Debate Excerpts," Oct. 26, 1994

ABC News, Debate Transcript, Aug. 5, 2007

Written by: Angie Drobnic Holan
Researched by: Angie Drobnic Holan
Edited by: Amy Hollyfield

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