Romney: I Want Roe Overturned, Will Stop Obama Abortion Funding

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 10, 2012   |   10:34AM   |   Washington, DC

In a weekend interview, presidential candidate Mitt Romney reiterated his pro-life position favoring the reversal of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that has resulted in 55 million abortions on unborn children since 1973.

Romney has repeatedly called for overturning Roe — doing so in January and again in April — and he repeated his desire to see it overturned in an interview on “Meet the Press” Sunday.

Whereas Democrats made their pro-abortion position a centerpiece of their convention in Charlotte last week, Romney made his pro-life views clear in the interview.

“Well, I don’t actually make the decision the Supreme Court makes and so they’ll have to make their own decision,” he said about Roe. “And it would be my preference that they reverse Roe V. Wade and therefore they return to the people and their elected representatives the decisions with regards to this important issue. And I hope to appoint justices for the Supreme Court that will follow the law and the constitution.”

Romney also made it clear he would reverse President Barack Obama’s decision to overturn the Mexico City Policy that has been in place under pro-life presidents. The policy protects taxpayers by ensuring their tax dollars do not go to groups that promote and perform abortions internationally. Obama reversed the pro-life policy during his first days in office in 2009 and Romney said he would put the pro-life policy against funding pro-abortion groups back in place.

“But, for instance, I’ll reverse the president’s decision on using U.S. funds to pay for abortion outside this country,” Romney said. “I don’t think also the taxpayers here should have to pay for abortion in this country. Those things I think are consistent with my pro-life position.”

As to abortion itself, Romney replied to a question from host David Gregory with:  “Well there are a number of things I think need to be said about preserving and protecting the life of the unborn child and I recognize there are two lives involved; the mom’s and the unborn child. I believe that people of good conscience have chosen different paths in this regard but I have chosen pro-life and I will attempt as president to encourage pro-life policies,” Romney stated.