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TRUTH TEST: Obama, Romney ads on contraception, abortion issues

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9News has taken a look at dueling ads in this Truth Test.

The first comes from Mitt Romney.

Voiceover: You know, those ads saying Mitt Romney would ban all abortions and contraception seemed a bit extreme. So I looked into it. 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.

There are two claims here to test.

It's true. Romney does not oppose contraceptives. He does not agree that employers should have to provide mandatory contraceptive coverage in their health plans.

The second claim is what he believes about abortion.

It's true. Romney believes abortion is an option in cases of rape, incest, or to save a mother's life. But, for context, Romney has changed positions on abortion over the years.

In 1994 and during his 2002 race for Governor of Massachusetts he said women should have a right to choose.

He has since changed his stance to pro-life with certain exceptions this ad mentions. Politifact explains more about his various positions.

In response, President Obama took that ad from Mitt Romney and came out with his own ad.

Narrator: Seen this from Mitt Romney? Then take a look at this.

The ad shows 2007 debate featuring Anderson Cooper.

Cooper: If Roe v. Wade was overturned, Congress passed a federal ban on all abortions, and it came to your desk, would you sign it? Yes or no?
Romney: Let me say it, I'd be delighted to sign that bill.
Narrator: Banning all abortions? Trying to mislead us, that's wrong. But ban all abortions? Only if you vote for him.

Romney did say those words in a debate back in 2007. But, in the context of that quote, he went on to say the nation was not ready to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

Here is his full quote from that 2007 debate.

"Let me say it. I'd be delighted to sign that bill. But that's not where we are. That's not where America is today. But if the Congress got there, we had that kind of consensus in the country, terrific."

It's false to say Romney's official stance is banning all abortions. He's said abortions should be limited to the cases of rape, incest or protecting the life of the mother.

The bottom line:

While you could argue Mitt Romney's changing stances on abortion have left him open to criticism, his official stance for this election has remained consistent. Romney has said there should be limited exceptions for abortions, not a complete ban.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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