Planned Parenthood President Blasts John Kerry, "Not Our Fault" He Lost

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 1, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Planned Parenthood President Blasts John Kerry on Abortion, "Not Our Fault" He Lost

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 1, 2005

Washington, DC ( — In her second interview since declaring she would step down as the head of the nation’s largest abortion business, former Planned Parenthood president Gloria Feldt told the Associated Press that John Kerry ran an ineffective campaign.

"I have great respect for John Kerry, but there’s no question he did not articulate these issues well,” Feldt said in the AP interview. "He seemed equivocal. He ceded the moral high ground to the other side.”

"It’s not our fault that the pro-choice candidate didn’t win,” Feldt claimed.

"The finger of blame shouldn’t be pointed at us who’ve been doing the work on the ground,” she said. "The finger should be pointed at the anti-choice extremists who don’t even support family planning programs that would make abortions less necessary.”

Despite national attention on the issue and a rally co-sponsored with the Kerry campaign, she told AP Kerry did such a poor job of articulating his pro-abortion position that many voters did not know where he stood.

A Kerry spokesman said he was surprised by Feldt’s comments, noting that Kerry made his position in favor of only Supreme Court appointees who back abortion.

"John Kerry’s record in the Senate for 20 years and throughout the presidential campaign was crystal clear that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare,” David Wade said.

Feldt said her remarks about Kerry were something she would not have said if she was still Planned Parenthood’s top representative.

In the AP interview, the 30-year Planned Parenthood veteran said pro-life organziations systematically gained control of the Republican Party.

"You can’t fault the anti-choice groups for participating in the democratic process,” she said. "They took over the Republican Party precinct by precinct; they did it by studying Democracy 101.”