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Have you always been for life or effectively pro-choice

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Moderator: Governor Romney , in recent months, you've said you were, quote, "always for life," but we've also heard you say you were once, quote, "effectively pro-choice." Which is it?


Romney: Well, I've always been personally pro-life, but for me, it was a great question about whether or not government should intrude in that decision. And when I ran for office, I said I'd protect the law as it was, which is effectively a pro-choice position.


About two years ago, when we were studying cloning in our state, I said, look, we have gone too far. It's a "brave new world" mentality that Roe v. Wade has given us, and I changed my mind.


I took the same course that Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush and Henry Hyde took, and I said I was wrong and changed my mind and said I'm pro-life. And I'm proud of that, and I won't apologize to anybody for becoming pro-life.


Moderator: Governor, with respect, some people are going to see those changes of mind as awfully politically convenient.


    • Romney **: You know, I told you that I'd studied at great length this issue. When I ran, I -- for the very first time, I told you that I was personally pro-life but that I would protect a woman's right to choose as the law existed.


And that stayed the same until two years ago, as I indicated.


And at that time, as a result of the debate we had, the conclusion I reached was that we had gone too far, that cloning and that creating new embryos was wrong, and that we should, therefore, allow our state to become a pro-life state.


I believe states should have the right to make this decision, and that's a position I indicated in an op-ed in the Boston Globe two years ago.



  1. Romney won the first debate (click to see reasons to agree and disagree).


Questions for Governor Mitt Romney from the 1st debate:


  1. What do you dislike most about America?
  2. Would it be a good day for America if Roe v Wade was repealed.
  3. Have you always been for life or effectively pro-choice?
  4. When you said that being a pro-life president entails more than just appointing strict constructionist judges, was that directed at Giuliani?
  5. Should Scooter Libby should be pardoned?
  6. Which current cabinet official would you keep?
  7. Would it be good for America to have Bill Clinton back living in the White House?
  8. Are you embarrased of your health care program?
  9. Should we be in Iraq when the American people do not victory is possible?
  10. Do you support a tamper-proof work status ID card?
  11. Should Congress have acted in the Terri Schiavo case?
  12. Is it worth moving heaven and earth and spending billions of dollars to get Osama?
  13. Should we change our Constitution to allow foreign born citizens to become president?
  14. What do you say to bishops who deny Communion to elected officials who support abortion rights?
  15. Do you accept Huckabee's statement that he wasn't talking about you?
  16. Will you expand federal funding of embryonic stem cell research?
  17. What tax would you like to cut?



  1. George Stephanopoulos
    1. So do you now believe that abortion is murder?
    2. Should women who have abortions and doctors who perform them be jailed?
    3. If it's killing, why should states have leeway?
    4. What do you believe the punishment should be for an abortion?
  2. Wolf Blitzer
    1. Have you changed your opinion on Abortion?
    2. What is your current position on abortion?
    3. How do you account for your change on abortion?
  3. 1st Debate
    1. Would it be a good day for America if Roe v Wade was repealed?
    2. Have you always been for life or effectively pro-choice?
    3. When you said that being a pro-life president entails more than just appointing strict constructionist judges, was that directed at Giuliani?
  4. 2nd Debate
    1. What would you say to someone who lost a wife or a daughter to an illegal abortion if you named the Supreme Court justice who tipped the balance and over turned Roe v Wade?
    2. Governor Romney, during this campaign, you have been criticized -- and again tonight you've been criticized -- for changing your position on some issues. You say that it's a part of learning from experience. Can you point to an area in which your learning from experience led you to change to a position that is less popular with the Republican base?
  5. Katherine Jean Lopez
    1. Were you faking it when you said you were pro-choice?
  6. Dan Balz, David S Broder and Ruth Marcus
    1. Do you support making abortion illegal?
  7. Mary Katharine Ham
    1. What do you think about the partial-birth abortion ban?
  8. Mike Allen
    1. What policies would you initiate to show your sincerity?

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