With the Iowa caucuses just days away, GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney’s flip-flop record on abortion is once again being questioned.
Alex Moe reports for NBC, Dec 27, 2011, that Republicans in Iowa received a text message to their cell phones questioning Romney’s anti-abortion credentials. Upon calling the 515 area-code number the text message lists, an automated message on the other end includes hearing Romney’s answer during a debate when he ran for U.S. Senate 17 years ago.
“Mitt Romney on life. [Romney’s voice is heard next, a recording from an Oct. 25, 1994 Massachusetts senate debate:] As a nation, we recognize the right of all people to believe as they want and not to impose our beliefs on other people. I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time that my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a U.S. Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years that we should sustain and support it. And I sustain and support that law and the right of a women to make that choice.”
Here is video from C-Span from that ’94 Massachusetts Senate debate where the response from Romney originates. Neither the text message nor the automated message gives any indication who sent or paid for the messages.
In 2005, however, Romney changed his position from supporting abortion rights to opposing them.
Romney Communications Director Gail Gitcho responded to the text messages that abortion is the one substantial issue Romney has admitted he has changed his position. He is now pro-life — a position on which he is not going to change.
Mitt Romney is a Mormon — a former pastor (“lay clergy”) and ward bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The LDS’ position on abortion should therefore govern his stance on abortion. For that, please see Joan’s post, “The Mormon Church’s Stance on Abortion.”