Republican Mitt Romney made two contrasting statements about his views, and intentions, with regard abortion this week. Tuesday he said he would leave abortion alone and Wednesday he said otherwise . He hasn't clarified since.
On Tuesday, the GOP's nominee for president told Iowa's Des Moines Register while campaigning in that state he saw "no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda." That statement was not consistent with views he expressed during the Republican primaries.
Romney would defund Planned Parenthood
Then Wednesday in Ohio Romney told reporters he'd be a "pro-life" president and would defund Planned Parenthood, a family and reproductive health organization in existence since 1942 and which has received federal funding since 1970. He also said he would re-instate the 'Mexico City policy,' a policy Obama nullified which banned the U.S. providing funds to any international agencies that provided abortions as a potential part of family planning. It was created by Ronald Reagan in 1984 while in Mexico, nullified by Bill Clinton and re-instated by George W. Bush.
The Obama campaign reacted to Romney's seeming flip-flop on the issue of abortion by saying that Romney made the statement to the Des Moines Register in order to gain votes by covering up his beliefs. The Democrats have pointed out that Romney has made conflicting statements on abortion, and Roe vs. Wade, in the past.
Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, a staunch anti-abortion crusader, stated that all along there has been no conflict in the ticket's stance on abortion.