A new television ad set to air from the Romney campaign tries to rebut charges from President Obama that the former Massachusetts governor has taken “extreme” stances on abortion and contraception.
In the ad, a woman identified as Sarah Minto, speaking to the camera, says “You know, those ads saying Mitt Romney would ban all abortions and contraception seemed a bit extreme, so I looked into it.” The ad shows her turning to Google for answers. “Turns out, Romney doesn't oppose contraception at all. In fact, he thinks abortion should be an option in cases of rape, incest or to save a mother’s life.”
Last week, Romney worried abortion foes when he told the Des Moines Register, “there’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.” The campaign later clarified that statement. Romney has also said he would end government funding for Planned Parenthood.
Romney has struggled to connect with women voters, though recent polling has suggested he has closed the wide gap Obama once held.