California Planned Parenthood Opposes Recall, Backs Bustamante

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 11, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

California Planned Parenthood Opposes Recall, Backs Bustamante

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 11, 2003

Sacramento, CA ( — Abortion advocates jumped into the California gubernatorial recall race on Thursday by opposing the recall and endorsing pro-abortion Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante.

"Bustamante is a longtime supporter of Planned Parenthood’s mission and has a proven track record on issues of reproductive choice and family planning," said Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) President Kathy Kneer.

The organization is repeating the mantra Bustamante has had during the campaign: California voters should oppose recalling pro-abortion Gov. Gray Davis but, if he is recalled, they should vote for Bustamante to replace him.

"While Planned Parenthood stands with Governor Davis in opposing this recall effort, we recognize the importance of urging voters to support a candidate on the second part of the ballot whose positions on family planning and reproductive choice reflect the pro-choice majority of this state," Kneer added. "That candidate is clearly Cruz Bustamante."

Although there are 135 candidates on the ballot, the top-tier candidates include Bustamante, pro-abortion actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and pro-life state Sen. Tom McClintock.

McClintock has been endorsed by the California Pro-Life Council and other pro-life leaders in the state.

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood says Schwarzenegger isn’t sufficiently pro-abortion.

"Planned Parenthood urges voters not to be fooled by other candidates who claim to be pro-choice, but have no credentials to support that claim," PPAC said in a statement.

Planned Parenthood twice endorsed Bustamante for Lt. Governor and gave him a 100% pro-abortion rating each time.

For pro-life voters, one group says McClintock is the best choice.

"Tom McClintock is committed to the restoration of policies that respect human life, and will work to protect those members of society who are least able to protect themselves-unborn children," said Brian Johnston, director of the California Pro-Life Council.

Daniel Ramirez, a Democrat, is also pro-life but is a minor candidate and not expected to attract many voters.

Related web sites:
California Pro-Life Council Recall Info –
Tom McClintock –
Daniel Ramirez –