President Obama's campaign is accusing Republican Mitt Romney of trying to hide his "extreme" views on abortion in the final weeks before the Nov. 6 election.
Romney told the Des Moines Register during a visit to Iowa Tuesday that: "There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda."
But he did say he would ban federally-funded international nonprofits from providing abortions in other countries by executive order. And later, Romney's campaign sent a statement to the National Review saying "“Governor Romney would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life.”
"We know the real Mitt Romney will say anything to win,'' said Stephanie Cutter, Obama's deputy campaign manger. "Voters shouldn't be fooled...Women simply cannot trust Mitt Romney."
Romney had been supportive of abortion rights when seeking the Massachusetts governorship in 2002, but by 2006 was saying he firmly anti-abortion.
Obama's campaign accused Romney of "playing politics" with the volatile issue, one of a series of views he is hiding after a hard-fought Republican primary. He has pledged to appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1972 U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming a woman's right to have an abortion, and support legislation to protect unborn children capable of feeling pain from abortion.
"The Romney campaign is trying hard to mislead people,'' said Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America who is taking some off to volunteer for the Obama campaign. "They can't even keep their story straight."