Romney Opposes Pro-Abortion “Health of the Mother” Exception

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 31, 2012   |   5:53PM   |   Washington, DC

This past week, erroneous news reports surfaced making it appear Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney supports the pro-abortion “health exception” that pro-life groups understand allows for virtually unlimited abortions.

The reports came after a CBS News interview during which Romney misspoke and added the word “health” to his position on abortion when talking about the very rare exceptions to his pro-life view opposing 99 percent of the abortions done in the United States on an annual basis.

Although Romney had made his position on abortion clear throughout the campaign — opposing abortions except in cases of rape or incest and contrasting that with President Barack Obama’s position supporting 100% of all abortions throughout pregnancy for any reason — some pro-life voters wrongly assumed Romney had changed his position.

However, Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, tells conservative radio talk show host Bryan Fischer that she confirmed with the Romney campaign that the candidate did not meant to say “health” and that his pro-life views remain the same.

“If that were his position, he would never have received our endorsement, that’s for sure,” Dannenfelser told the American Family Radio host. “I have heard clarification from his spokesperson, restating what his position really is, which is rape, incest, life of the mother. That is his position. Those are his exceptions.”

Romney made the pledge Thursday night during his GOP presidential nomination acceptance speech that pro-life Americans wanted to hear. Romney not only promised he would be a pro-life president but said he would affirm the freedom of religion that has been under attack by the Obama pro-abortion HHS mandate.

As president, I will protect the sanctity of life. I will honor the institution of marriage. And I will guarantee America’s first liberty: the freedom of religion,” he said.



During the speech, Romney hit back at the false War on Women attack launched by Democrats and abortion activists.

“My mom and dad were true partners, a life lesson that shaped me by everyday example. When my mom ran for the Senate, my dad was there for her every step of the way. I can still hear her saying in her beautiful voice, “Why should women have any less say than men, about the great decisions facing our nation?”

“I wish she could have been here at the convention and heard leaders like Governor Mary Fallin, Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Susana Martinez, Senator Kelly Ayotte and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

“As Governor of Massachusetts, I chose a woman Lt. Governor, a woman chief of staff, half of my cabinet and senior officials were women, and in business, I mentored and supported great women leaders who went on to run great companies.”