Abortion remains an issue in the presidential campaign. One reason is Mitt Romney’s stance on the issue.

The once pro-choice and now pro-life candidate wants Roe v. Wade overturned, but he does not want the United States Supreme Court to outlaw or limit abortion. Instead, he wants to return to the pre-Roe status quo in which states decide abortion policy.

During Thursday’s vice-presidential debate, moderator Martha Raddatz asked Republican candidate Paul Ryan if Americans who believe abortion should remain legal should be fearful of a Romney administration.

“We don’t think that unelected judges should make this decision; that people through their elected representatives in reaching a consensus in society through the democratic process should make this determination,” Ryan said.

Ryan’s carefully worded response expresses Romney’s position that the error of Roe v. Wade was to nationalize abortion policy.

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