After a week of Team Romney avoiding talk about abortion, his VP pick went ahead and said it: a Republican victory will mean overturning the landmark decision.
...Ryan, by contrast, reminded the country that he opposes abortion in all circumstances, and that Romney intends to severely restrict it.
“[I]f you believe that life begins at conception … That’s a principle,” he said. “The policy of a Romney administration is to oppose abortion with exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother.”
When Raddatz asked him if abortion-rights supporters should fear a Romney administration, he sort of harrumphed, and then responded, “We don’t think that unelected judges should make this decision; that people through their elected representatives in reaching a consensus in society through the democratic process should make this determination.”
In other words, they want to overturn Roe.
During every presidential election I can remember, pro-choice groups have worked hard to remind female voters that Roe is at stake, while Republican candidates have tried not to say anything to scare them. George W. Bush, remember, rarely spoke about banning abortion—he talked about promoting a “culture of life.”
But Ryan was admirably clear about his ticket’s intentions. None of this, of course, will be news to those who have followed the campaign closely. In general, though, swing voters haven’t been.
It will be interesting to see whether women start moving back away from Romney after hearing what he and Ryan have in store.