Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan insisted Wednesday that the GOP ticket has not shifted its position on abortion at all. His comments came one day after Mitt Romney drew attention from both sides on the issue when he told the Des Moines Register that there is “no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda,”
Ryan made the ice cream stop shortly before taking off for Kentucky for his highly-anticipated debate with Vice President Biden on Thursday.
Romney’s comment to the Iowa newspaper drew sharp criticism from Democrats, who cast the remark as an effort by the GOP nominee to draw attention away from his anti-abortion-rights stance. Social conservatives reminded Romney of his pledge to do “everything in my power to cultivate, promote, and support a culture of life in America.”
In a brief conversation with reporters on Wednesday, Romney confirmed that he will govern as a “pro-life president” and again promised to defund Planned Parenthood.
Ryan personally supports banning abortion in all cases, unless the life of the mother is at stake; Romney supports exceptions for rape and incest.