The formerly pro-choice Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney in 2002: (H/T @EmilysList)

Supports Roe v. Wade: YES
Supports Medicaid funding of abortion services: YES

Mitt Romney in 2011:

I am pro-life and believe that abortion should be limited to only instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.

I support the reversal of Roe v. Wade, because it is bad law and bad medicine. Roe was a misguided ruling that was a result of a small group of activist federal judges legislating from the bench.

I support the Hyde Amendment, which broadly bars the use of federal funds for abortions. And as president, I will support efforts to prohibit federal funding for any organization like Planned Parenthood, which primarily performs abortions or offers abortion-related services.

Fun item of note: Romney’s Pro-Life Pledge doesn’t appear on the issues section of his campaign website. You have to search for abortion to find it!

What does it all mean? When running for office in a Blue State, Mitt Romney is staunchly pro-choice. When running for Craziest of the Crazy (AKA the GOP Presidential nomination) Mitt Romney is staunchly anti-choice.

For more examples of Romney’s extreme fluidity on the issues check out Multiple Choice Mitt.


Melissa Ryan is a political consultant. She’s spent a decade leading digital campaigns for nonprofits and political races, including EMILY’s List, Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, the New Organizing Institute, and Senator Russ Feingold’s campaign. Visit her website at melissaryan.net or follow her on Twitter @MelissaRyan.

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