Fact Check: Obama Ad Challenges Romney Over Planned Parenthood

By Steve Kanigher

Published 08/06 2012 10:38AM

Updated 08/06 2012 01:51PM

Claim: A new advertisement endorsed by President Barack Obama that is airing in Southern Nevada quotes one woman as stating: "I think Mitt Romney is really out of touch with the average woman's health issues." A second woman states: "This is not the 1950s. Contraception is so important to women. It's about a woman being able to make decisions." The first woman: "I don't remember anyone as extreme as Romney." Romney is then quoted as saying: "I'll cut off funding to Planned Parenthood." The second woman: "I don't even think Mitt Romney can even understand the mindset of someone who has to go to Planned Parenthood." Romney: "Planned Parenthood, going to get rid of that." The first woman: "I think Romney would definitely drag us back."

Verdict: The ad is true with respect to the position of Republican presidential candidate Romney on Planned Parenthood but the overall message that he is extreme and would "drag us back" is misleading because those claims depend on one's position on the abortion issue. Romney, who is running as a pro-life candidate on the abortion issue, said he favors ending federal funding for "abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood." He also would like to see the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that affirmed a woman's right to an abortion under certain circumstances. While pro-choice advocates consider Romney extreme on the abortion issue, pro-life advocates strongly disagree.

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