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Mitt Romney's abortion comment draws Democratic criticism

NEW YORK (WXOW)-- Republican candidate Mitt Romney said in and interview on Tuesday with an Iowa newspaper that he has no abortion-related legislation.

He does say, as president, he would reinstate through administrative means, a policy on banning nongovernmental organizations from using federal funds to provide abortions. "There's no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda," Romney said in an interview with The Des Moines Register.

The candidate said he would reinstate the so-called Mexico City Policy through administrative means, according to the newspaper. The Mexico City Policy bans federal funds from being used by private groups "to pay for the performance of abortions as a method of family planning, or to motivate or coerce any person to practice abortions." It has generally been implemented by Republican administrations and dropped by Democratic presidents. President Barack Obama rescinded it.

Obama's campaign said Romney's "statement contradicts his pledge to appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade," the 1972 U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming a woman's right to have an abortion.

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