by Steven Ertelt
November 23, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Someday when Roe v. Wade is reversed and states are again allowed to pass pro-life laws affording legal protection to unborn children, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he would support putting abortion practitioners in prison. His campaign says he sides with the pro-life movement in not punishing women.
Romney’s position first came to light in a November 19 interview with Human Events.
"I don’t see putting doctors and women in jail. I don’t believe that’s ever been part of our history, even when states were able to put in place effective pro-life legislation," he told the conservative newspaper.
"I haven’t seen provisions of that nature ever being proposed," he added.
In the interview he restated his position in favor of overturning Roe.
"I do believe that the next step that should be taken is to overturn Roe v. Wade, and to no longer have the Supreme Court impose its one-size-fits-all philosophy on the entire nation," he explained. "There will be steps beyond that, of course, but the next step is to overturn Roe v. Wade."
Following the interview, the Cybercast News Service sent the Romney campaign additional questions.
Communications Director Matt Rhoades responded and clarified the former Massachusetts governor’s position further.
"Governor Romney does not believe that abortion legislation should punish women who have abortions," Rhoades told CNS. "Governor Romney recognizes that we must be sensitive to both lives involved in these situations, the unborn child and the mother."
He added that "The people who should be held accountable for violations of this nature are the people who perform an illegal abortion, the penalties of which could include anything from disciplinary action to incarceration."