by Steven Ertelt
November 18, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Planned Parenthood has hired the political director of a pro-gay rights Republican group to direct its efforts to reach out to pro-abortion Republicans for support. The nation’s largest abortion business hired Christopher Barron, an official with the Log Cabin Republicans.
Barron has been the political director of the gay rights GOP group since February 2004 and Log Cabin President Patrick Guerriero described Barron as a "huge asset" for his group.
Barron will begin his new job for Planned Parenthood next month, according to a CNS News report.
Pro-abortion Republicans applauded the move and Anne Stone, longtime national chairman of Republicans for Choice Political Action Committee, told Cybercast News Service she is "very excited about the possibilities" about Barron’s joining the national abortion group.
Stone indicated Planned Parenthood has struggled to reach out to pro-abortion Republicans and had people in Barron’s position that didn’t have the same "breadth of experience" as he does.
Stone told the conservative news service that "the rank and file of Planned Parenthood has generally been pretty Republican" despite the pro-abortion group’s strongly pro-Democratic outlook in election politics. PPFA made its first endorsement for president in 2004 and backed John Kerry over President Bush.
"Some state chapters have been very Republican, and a lot of their big donors in the past have been Republican, so having somebody in there who actually is very talented and Republican is a good thing," Stone said.
Amanda Banks, a federal issues analyst for Focus on the Family Action, told CNS the hiring isn’t a surprise.
"This gentleman has been employed by one organization that works in contradiction to the Republican Party platform, and now he’s going to work for another organization that does the same thing," she said.