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Romney Favors States on Abortion Rights?



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

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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."
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