Truth Tracker: Political Ad "Jenni's Story"

Ad Attacks Mitt Romney On Contraception & Abortion

Leading up to the November election, 7NEWS and will check the accuracy of political ads.

"Truth Tracker," is based on the following scale:


-Mostly True

-Mostly False




An ad paid for by the "Obama for America" campaign starts with a woman telling, "Jenni's Story."

AD: "I've never felt this way before, but it's a scary time to be a woman. Mitt Romney is just so out-of-touch."


AD: "Mitt Romney opposes requiring insurance coverage for contraception."


The ad references a Washington Post article from February 29, 2012.

(More info: Link)

Even though he was not in Congress, Romney voiced his support for an amendment by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, that would have allowed employers to opt out of health coverage required by the President's health care law, including contraception.

AD: "And Romney supports overturning Roe v. Wade."


Romney has said multiple times that he is pro-life. In an interview with ABC News on April 16, 2012, Diane Sawyer asked the Republican candidate, "To the women who've said we've had the legal right for 40 years, what do you say to them about no longer having that legal right if you repeal Roe v. Wade?"

(Watch at 3:02 of this video clip: Link)

"I would love the Supreme Court to say, 'Let's send this back to the states.' Rather than having a federal mandate through Roe v. Wade, let the states again consider this issue, state-by-state. But, I'm pro-life, that's my view. I believe that there is a sanctity to human life," said Romney.

AD: "Romney backed a bill that outlaws all abortion, even in cases of rape and incest."


According to the ad, the source of the statement is from a CNN debate from November 28, 2007. Romney was involved in a presidential debate in St. Petersburg, Fla.

In that debate, a YouTube user asked the following question:

"If Roe v. Wade was overturned and Congress passed a federal ban on all abortions and it came to your desk, would you sign it? Yes or no?" asked the YouTube user.

(Watch at :08 of this video clip: Link)

As part of his answer, Romney said, "I would welcome a circumstance where there was such a consensus in this country that we said, 'We don't want to have abortion in this country at all, period.' That would be wonderful. I'd be delighted."

When asked if he would vote, 'Yes' or 'No,' Romney said, "I'd be delighted to sign that bill, but that's not where we are. That's not where America is today. Where America is is ready to overturn Roe v. Wade and return to the states that authority. But, if the Congress got there; we had that kind of consensus in that country, terrific."

7NEWS found the statement MOSTLY FALSE because while the 2007 CNN debate question asked about "all" abortions, instances of rape and incest were not specifically mentioned. In November 2011, Romney met with the editorial board of the Des Moines Register and made clear his position on this issue.

(Watch at 46:58 of this video clip: Link)

"In the case of rape, incest or risk to the life of the mother, I believe in those circumstances that abortion should be legal," said Romney in November 2011.

AD: "There's so much we need to do. We need to attack our problems, not a woman's choice."


AD: "I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message."

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