Tancredo Supports Sonogram Use, Abortions

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Rep. Tom Tancredo(Colo.), who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, onFriday said he would support the use of sonograms for women consideringhaving an abortion and try to halt federal funding to clinics thatperform abortions, the Des Moines Register reports.

"Aspresident, I will do everything in my power to support and promote theuse of sonograms so that women are informed about their unborn childbefore making the decision to abort," Tancredo in a statement saidafter visiting the Women's Choice Centerin Bettendorf, Iowa. The center provides no-cost sonograms and otherservices to discourage pregnant women from having abortions.

He also said that he would try to stop "any type of federal funding for Planned Parenthood" clinics and that he believes Roe v. Wade-- the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case that effectively barred stateabortion bans -- should be overturned. Jill June, president of Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa,said that the best way to reduce abortions is to provide more fundingfor contraception programs, adding that Tancredo "really doesn't havethe facts, and he's out of touch with mainstream voters" (Pulliam, Des Moines Register, 10/13).

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Romney Comments on Roe, Constitutional Amendment

In related news, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney,who also is running for the Republican presidential nomination, whenasked Friday if he would support a constitutional ban on abortions,said, "I would love to see an America where there was no abortion, butthat's not where the American people are," the AP/Google.comreports. Speaking at a town hall meeting in Sparks, Nev., Romney added,"What I do want to see, and where I think the American people aretoday, is to see a conservative jurist on the Supreme Court and to see Roe v. Wade overturned" (Sonner, AP/Google.com, 10/12).

Topadvisers in August said Romney supports a two-tiered process in whichstates first would obtain authority to regulate abortion after Roe is overturned. The second step would be a constitutional amendment that bans most abortions nationwide (Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Report, 9/6).

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