The reviews are in and everyone agrees Obama's swing state ad
attacking Mitt Romney on the abortion issue is dishonest. Romney's camp called the ad false the moment it appeared. Time magazine's Michael Scherer does a nice job summarizing the bogus claims which were earlier noted by Annenberg Fact Check.
The ad in question states that Mitt Romney "backed a law that outlaws all abortion, even in cases of rape or incest." Here it is:
It turns out Romney has never supported such a law because, as Annenberg points out, "there was no actual law for Romney to back." In a 2007 debate, Romney was asked a question by a member of the audience, "If hypothetically, Roe v. Wade was overturned, and the Congress passed a
federal ban on all abortions and it came to your desk, would you sign
it?" Romney answered that if there was consensus in the country and if it passed through Congress, he would sign, but added "that’s not where we are. That’s not where America is today."
On the basis of this one hypothetical question, the Obama campaign feels it can ignore all of the clear statements Romney has made on the issue. Since 2005, Romney has said repeatedly that he believes in exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother.
The Obama camp knows Romney's position on abortion. They have
decided to lie in a transparent attempt to push the "war on women" meme
in swing states. The strategy is to keep enough voters worked up about
social issues (abortion, gay marriage, etc.) to keep their minds off the
disastrous economic numbers which threaten to make Obama a "one-term proposition."