Planned Parenthood Touts Obama as Republicans Vote in Iowa
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 1/3/12 12:04 PM
As Republicans head to the Iowa caucus today to begin the process of selecting a GOP nominee to take on pro-abortion President Barack Obama, the Planned Parenthood abortion business is touting Obama.
That the nation’s largest abortion business will eventually endorse Obama for another four-year term is not a surprise to any pro-life advocate, but Planned Parenthood tweeted out praise that gives a more-than-obvious hint at the direction it will pursue politically this election year.
“Thanks for being a strong #prochoice president, @BarackObama,” the Planned Parenthood Action Fund tweeted this morning.
Obama and Planned Parenthood have maintained a cozy relationship throughout his four years in office and the development of his massively pro-abortion record.
Obama received the endorsement of the abortion business during the 208 presidential election.
“The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is proud to endorse Barack Obama for president of the United States,” president Cecile Richards said in a July 2008 press release LifeNews.com obtained. Richards called him a “passionate advocate” with a “a long and consistent record of standing up for” unlimited abortions.
Obama participated in a conference call at that time with Planned Parenthood leaders and activists and said, “As president I’ll make sure women have access to [abortion].” “I thank you for your endorsement and your leadership,” he added.
In a July 17th, 2007 speech to Planned Parenthood, Obama said he would “not yield” on abortion and attacked the Supreme Court decision saying the national ban on partial-birth abortions is constitutional. “There will always be people, many of goodwill, who do not share my view on the issue of choice. On this fundamental issue, I will not yield and Planned Parenthood will not yield,” he said.
The endorsement was only the second time Planned Parenthood has endorsed a presidential candidate, with the first coming in the 2004 elections as it backed John Kerry.
Last month, his re-election campaign hired a former abortion business official to run his campaign in North Carolina. The Obama campaign hired Lindsay Siler, the former director of public policy for Planned Parenthood Health Systems, to head its efforts in North Carolina, one of the pivotal battleground states Obama took from the Republican column in 2008 to pave his way to the White House.
In 2007, Siler worked for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, Obama’s former Democratic rival turned Secretary of State, and now she is excited to help perhaps the most pro-abortion president since Roe v. Wade get another four years to force Americans to fund abortions and the Planned Parenthood abortion business domestically and abroad with taxpayer dollars.
Obama curried favor with the head of Planned Parenthood in May when he met with about 50 people during a dinner at a posh home in West Lake Hills, Texas owned by venture capitalist Blaine Wesner and philanthropist Alexa Wesner. There, leading Democrats forked out $35,800 per person and $50,000 per couple to attend the swanky event with the president.
Although a public list of the names of the guest was not released, one prominent attendee outed herself: Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards.
“Dinner with President Obama in my home town! Doesn’t get nuch [sic] better than that,” she said on Twitter.
Richards is one of the most frequent visitors to the White House and top Obama administration events and she last spent time with the Obamas when Michelle Obama gave an award to Pakistan’s Ghulam Sughra during the International Women of Courage Awards ceremony at the State Department in Washington in March. Sughra was honored along with other recipients of the International Women of Courage Award at a ceremony where Obama said that, by overcoming fear and speaking up, the award winners had inspired other women to use their voices.
Visitor logs LifeNews.com obtained in February 2010 revealed what pro-life advocates suspected would happen once President Barack Obama took over as president. He and his administration have allowed the Planned Parenthood abortion business unfettered access to the White House and top staffers.
At that time, Richards had visited the White House and spent time with Obama administration officials on four occasions.
The close relationship prompted Obama to reject requests from pro-life Speaker John Boehner to cut off taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood.