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Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007

Former Gov. Mitt Romney's self-described position on choice has shifted from pro-choice to anti-choice.

As governor, Romney vetoed a bill giving rape survivors information about and timely access to emergency contraception. Fortunately, the Massachusetts state legislature voted to override Romney's veto. 1

In April 2012, two anti-choice groups, the National Right to Life Committee and the Susan B. Anthony List, endorsed Gov. Romney for president.2

Former Gov. Romney has said repeatedly that he would be an anti-choice president:

  • In 2007, former Gov. Romney said, "I will be a pro-life president." 3
  • That same year he also said, "I am pro-life and I support pro-life legislation…. I think the Roe v. Wade one-size-fits-all approach is wrong."4
  • When asked if the repeal of Roe v. Wade would be a good day for America, former Gov. Romney responded, "Absolutely." 5
  • Former Gov. Romney also said "absolutely" when asked, "Would you have supported a constitutional amendment that would have established the definition of life at conception?" 6
  • Vowing to defund Planned Parenthood, former Gov. Romney wrote that he would "eliminate Title X family planning programs," which includes federal funding for birth control and cancer screenings. 7
  • In discussing how he would address the country’s debt, former Gov. Romney responded, "Of course you get rid of Obamacare, that’s the easy one, but there are others," he said. "Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that."8
  • He vowed to eliminate President Obama's policy ensuring that women can get contraceptive coverage without a copay. He called the policy "a violation of conscience." 9
  • Romney told the Des Moines Register that he would reinstate the global gag rule, the policy that blocks U.S. family-planning funds to any overseas health center that provides, refers for, or even takes a pro-choice position on abortion. 10
  • Romney compared choosing a health plan that covers birth control to deciding what color your car should be: "Well it's a question as to, should you get a car painted, you know, red or blue." 11

Read Gov. Romney's full profile.


1 - Boston Globe, Scott S. Greenberger, "Lawmakers Override Governor's Contraception Veto: Move Will Ease Morning-After Pill's Availability," September 16, 2005.

2 - NPR, "Romney Scores Key Endorsements From Anti-Abortion Groups," April 12, 2012.

3 - The American Presidency Project, "Address to the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit," October 19, 2007.

4 - Associated Press, "Romney Sidesteps Question on Abortion-Ultrasound Plan," April 13, 2007.

5 - MSNBC, Transcript of GOP Presidential Debate in California, May 3, 2007.

6 - Think Progress, "Romney: I Would 'Absolutely' Support State Constitutional Amendment To Define Life As Beginning At Conception," October 3, 2011.

7 – USA Today, "Romney: How I'll tackle spending, debt," November 3, 2011.

8 – Think Progress, "Romney: ‘We’re Going To Get Rid Of’ Planned Parenthood," March 14, 2012.

9 – ABC News, "Romney Calls Morning After Pills 'Abortive,' Says 'Right to Worship God' Is Necessity," February 6, 2012.

10 – NBC News, "Romney: Shifting on abortion (again)," October 10, 2012.

11 – The Huffington Post, "Mitt Romney Goes Moderate On Contraception Coverage, Glossing Over Past Position," October 9, 2012.

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