What voters are being told is at stake for abortion and reproductive rights in the U.S. presidential race depends upon where they live.
Republican Mitt Romney’s only television ad on those issues airs in population centers of closely contested states including Virginia, Florida and Ohio. It features a woman at her home computer assuring viewers that the former Massachusetts governor “doesn’t oppose contraception at all,” and “thinks abortions should be an option” in some cases.
The ad’s emphasis differs from Romney’s message as he sought his party’s nomination. During that phase of the campaign, he stressed his opposition to most abortions and bashed President Barack Obama’s health-care law for requiring religious groups to include contraception coverage as part of their medical insurance for employees.
That starker difference between the two candidates is highlighted by a Romney ally and anti-abortion advocacy group, the Susan B. Anthony List. Those commercials play in different regions of Virginia, Florida and Ohio, as well as in some other states.