Healthcare poser for Romney7 September 2012
Legislation enacted in Massachusetts when Mitt Romney was governor appears to be linked to a fall in the state's abortion rate, according to the latest figures.
However, the Republican presidential candidate has shown no sign of wanting to make political capital out of this seeming achievement, because the legislation resembles the healthcare reforms President Barack Obama has introduced, which Mr Romney has vowed to reverse.
Massachusetts has seen a significant drop in its abortion rate since the enactment of universal health insurance in 2006. The law, signed by then-governor Romney, cut the number of uninsured in the state by half, with most of the decrease coming among low-income residents. The abortion rate dropped 7.5 per cent by 2008 and 21 per cent by 2011.
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