“Romney enforced a law which required Catholic hospitals to provide abortions.”

Claim: “As governor of Massachusetts, Romney enforced a law which required Catholic hospitals to provide abortions.”

Ad(s): Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Sponsor(s): Pro-Life Super PAC

Air Dates: Feb. 23 – 28, 2012

Total Estimated Spending On This Claim: $9,545

FactCheck’s Summary: “To call this a stretch is putting it mildly. What Romney enforced – after first vetoing the legislation – was a requirement that hospitals provide rape victims with the morning-after pill, a drug that is designed to stop pregnancy from occurring if taken within a few days of unprotected intercourse. He didn’t tell Catholic hospitals that they had to perform abortions.” Click here to read more

Washington Post The Fact Checker’s Summary:  “The Pro-Life Super PAC asserts that Massachusetts requires Catholic hospitals to provide abortions, but its argument relies on a debatable definition of conception and a questionable assumption about how emergency contraception works. Regardless of whether viewers think the morning-after pill qualifies as an abortifacient, the ad doesn’t mention the drug. Instead, it uses vague language that could leave a reasonable person to believe the state requires religious health clinics to provide surgical abortions.” Click here to read more