What the Candidates Think  

Obama: President Barack Obama calls himself pro-choice. He focuses on free birth control as part of the Affordable Care Act. Religiously affiliated organizations are exempt from having to cover employees’ birth control if they choose not to. Obama supports Roe v. Wade; he supports funding for Planned Parenthood and the organization has endorsed him.

Romney: Mitt Romney calls himself pro-life. He believes that the Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade and that states should determine their own abortion laws through the democratic process. He supports the Hyde Amendment, which broadly bars the use of federal funds for abortions, and wants to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Massachusetts Citizens for Life supports Romney.

Brown: Scott Brown calls himself pro-choice. He says he is in favor of funding Planned Parenthood, but is not in favor of federal funding for abortion. Brown supported legislation requiring contraception coverage by health care providers but pushed for the exclusion for religious organizations. Mass. Citizens for Life supports Scott Brown.

Warren: Elizabeth Warren calls herself pro-choice. She is in favor of funding for Planned Parenthood; Planned Parenthood is endorsing Warren.

Americans who identify as "pro-choice" are at a record low: 41 percent (Gallup, May 2012)

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