Video: Steele says abortion is 'individual choice'

updated 3/12/2009 4:41:37 PM ET 2009-03-12T20:41:37

GOP national chairman Michael Steele said Thursday that he's opposed to abortion and that Roe v. Wade should be repealed, commenting a day after a magazine quoted him as saying abortion was "an individual choice."

Steele clarified his stance in a written statement after online publication of the interview with GQ magazine.

Steele, who is adopted, said in the interview that his mother had the option of getting an abortion or giving birth.

He said: "You can choose life, or you can choose abortion." He said his mother chose life.

In that interview, when asked whether he thought women had the right to choose abortion, Steele said: "Yeah. I mean, again, I think that's an individual choice."

Steele was elected chairman of the National Republican Committee in January. He describes himself as "prolife."

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