Romney Favors States on Abortion Rights?

Posted: Aug 22, 2007 3:57 PM

This is getting confusing...

From ABC News:  

"My view is that the Supreme Court has made an error in saying at the national level one size fits all for the whole nation," Romney told Jon Ralston in a televised interview. "Instead, I would let states make their choices."

Asked by Ralston whether it was "OK" with him that Nevada is a "pro-choice state," Romney said, "I'd let states make their own decision in this regard. My view, of course, is I'm a pro-life individual. That's the position I support. But, I'd let states have this choice rather than let the federal government have it."

Watch Stephanopoulos' interview with Romney here

And watch Romney flip again here

But ...

Romney's Aug. 21 interview with Ralston conflicts with the position he staked out Aug. 6 during an interview on ABC News' "Good Morning America."

Asked by Stephanopoulos whether he supports the Republican Party's 2004 platform on abortion rights, which states, "We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and we endorse legislation to make it clear that the 14th Amendment's protections apply to unborn children," Romney said, "You know, I do support the Republican platform, and I support that being part of the Republican platform and I'm pro-life." 

Update:  5:05 PM - I had a chance to catch up with a senior Romney advisor. Essentially, here is the explanation: 

"Governor Romney ultimately wants an Amendment to protect the unborn.  However, he views overturning Roe -- and sending it back to the states -- as a first step.  Once it's sent back to the states, you then have a chance to have a real debate and win hearts and minds to the pro-Life cause."