Mitt Romney Won’t Comment on South Carolina Abortion-Ultrasound Bill

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 17, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Mitt Romney Won’t Comment on South Carolina Abortion-Ultrasound Bill

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 17
, 2007

Columbia, SC ( — In a campaign stop in South Carolina at the end of last week, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney refused to comment on a bill pending in the South Carolina legislature that is a new trend in reducing abortions. The measure would require abortion practitioners to allow women a chance to see an ultrasound.

The bill is a newer type of pro-life legislation that lawmakers are advancing in several states across the country.

It follows on research showing that a high number of abortion-minded women who see ultrasounds at pregnancy centers decide to keep their baby.

The legislation enjoys the support of other top GOP presidential candidates, but Romney appeared to sidestep the question when asked whether he backed it.
“I would like to see each state be able to make its own law with regard to abortion,” Romney told AP when asked a question ab out his stance on it. “I think the Roe v. Wade one-size-fits-all approach is wrong.”

The comments came after Romney spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said the former Massachusetts governor supported the bill but didn’t comment specifically on it.

"Gov. Romney is pro-life," Gitcho told the Charlotte Observer, adding that "(He) believes that states should be free to place restrictions on abortion, and favors measures that protect the sanctity of life."

Other candidates were more specific on the measure in interviews with the newspaper.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who has signed pro-life bills into law as governor in his state, says he backs the idea.

"I’m pro-life and my attitude has always been if we’re going to take a position, take it on the side of preserving life," he said. "Anytime we can help to highlight what an abortion is, that would be a good thing."

Arizona Sen. John McCain says he, too, favors the abortion-ultrasound requirement.

"Given the profound nature of a decision to end the life of an unborn child," he told the newspaper. "I believe the more information that can be provided to a woman struggling with the decision of whether or not to have an abortion, the better."

Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback said he supported the bill as well.

"I applaud the South Carolina legislature for considering this strong pro-life legislation," said Brownback. "An unborn child deserves as much protection as we can offer, and I believe this legislation moves us toward that goal."

Brownback continued, "Throughout my career in the United States Senate, I have been committed to upholding and fighting for pro-life policy. I believe, and always have, that we must defend life at every stage."