Mitt Romney sought to reassure anti-abortion-rights groups that he is on their side on Wednesday as he vowed to be a “pro-life president” if elected.
“I’m a pro-life candidate. I’ll be a pro-life president,” Romney said Wednesday during a campaign appearance in Ohio.
Romney also promised to end public health funding for Planned Parenthood — a group conservatives oppose because it provides abortions — and to bar U.S. foreign aid from funding the procedures.
According to Reuters, Romney said he would stop public funds for Planned Parenthood “immediately” upon entering office.
Romney’s forceful comments followed an earlier interview in which Romney suggested he would not seek to limit abortion rights through legislation.
In an interview with the Des Moines Register on Tuesday, Romney said “there is no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.”