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Romney’s Sister Says He Won’t Ban Abortions

Jane Romney, speaking at an event in conjunction with the Republican convention, says  that abortion shouldn't be used as "football in political arena."

The Boston Globe: Jane Romney Says Brother, Mitt, Will Not Allow A Ban On Abortions
Mitt Romney’s oldest sister, Jane, said Wednesday a federal ban on abortion is "never going to happen" on her brother’s watch if he is elected president. On Tuesday, the Republican Party adopted a platform that calls for a constitutional amendment banning abortions in all cases. Mitt Romney, the party's nominee, has said he opposes abortions in most cases but favors exceptions for victims of rape and incest and for women whose lives are endangered by their pregnancies (Borchers, 8/30).

Politico: Romney's Sister Says He Wouldn't Ban Abortion
Mitt Romney's sister Jane, at a National Journal event, said he would not go for a ban on abortion as president. ... "Personally, I don't think abortion should be used as a football in the political arena." Democrats have not lacked fodder for their charges. Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin are among the many Republicans who oppose abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest. And the Republican platform adopted this week explicitly calls for a constitutional ban on abortion, saying "the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed." It does not specify any exceptions (Haberman, 8/29).

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