Romney lays down pro-life credentials with vow to ban most abortions

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 31 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5211
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for US president, is backing a reversal of the ruling issued by the US Supreme Court in 1973 that made abortion legal and has said that he will ban the use of federal funds for abortions at home and abroad should he win the election.

In a letter posted on a pro-life news website, Romney spelt out in detail his present anti-abortion position, which is in contrast to his previous position when he was governor of Massachusetts.1 The letter is similar to the position outlined on Romney’s campaign website.2

In the letter Romney wrote, “I am firmly pro-life. I believe that if abortion were limited …

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