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Fact Check: Obama Ad Questions Romney's Stand on Women's Issues

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Claim: A new advertisement endorsed by President Barack Obama that is airing on KLAS-TV Channel 8 has a narrator who states: "Which do you believe? What Mitt Romney's TV ads say about women or what Mitt Romney himself says." Republican presidential nominee Romney is then quoted as saying: "Do I believe the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade? Yes." Later, he is quoted as saying: "I'll cut off funding to Planned Parenthood."

Verdict: Whereas other ads have taken both Democrat Obama and Romney out of context, this one quotes Romney accurately but doesn't make a clear point. First, the viewer has no idea which of Romney's ads about women the Obama campaign is criticizing or why they deserve criticism. Romney's campaign lately has run one ad criticizing Obama's policies as they relate to women economically and another ad featuring women who served in his cabinet when he was governor of Massachusetts. The latter ad reflects their positive view of Romney's humanity.

The Obama ad then quotes Romney's take on the abortion issue as though those positions run counter to his ads. But Romney has made clear -- and says so on his campaign website -- that as a pro-life candidate, he supports a reversal of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made abortions legal under certain circumstances. The website states: "With Roe overturned, states will be empowered through the democratic process to determine their own abortion laws and not have them dictated by judicial mandate."

Romney's website also states: "Mitt supports the Hyde Amendment, which broadly bars the use of federal funds for abortions. As president, he will end federal funding for abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood."

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