Planned Parenthood Radio Ad Bashes John McCain for Opposing Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 11, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 11,

Washington, DC ( — Planned Parenthood has joined its colleague NARAL in launching an attack on John McCain because of his pro-life position and voting record against abortion. However, the abortion business went further by airing the first advertisement blasting McCain and saying he would oppose abortion as president.

The 60-second ad started on Sunday and will air in the Washington, D.C. area through Tuesday as voters in Maryland, Virginia and the nation’s capital head to the polls in the next Republican primaries.

In the ad, Planned Parenthood’s Action Fund says McCain has voted against abortion throughout his entire career and supports overturning Roe v. Wade, which allowed unlimited abortions.

The ad attacks McCain, saying he has an “anti-choice” stance on abortion and that his “plan to outlaw abortion threatens the lives and health of women.”

“I do not support Roe v. Wade. It should be overturned," the ad says.

"That’s John McCain, not Mike Huckabee, and those are his real views. Even though John McCain knows what’s at risk, he wants abortion to be illegal again, just like it used to be," it adds.

The radio spot adds that McCain has a “zero percent rating from Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the lowest rating in the US Senate."

Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, talked about McCain’s record in a statement obtained.

“Sen. McCain believes government has the right to interfere with the most personal and often the most difficult decisions affecting a woman’s health,” she claimed. “Most Americans believe just the opposite and, as more voters realize Sen. McCain’s ardent anti-choice position, this will be an issue for him in the general election.”

Richards said she’s concerned that some voters wrongly think McCain supports abortion and the group wants to make sure they know that’s not the case.

“We will make clear to voters that Sen. McCain is anti-choice and wants to overturn Roe v. Wade,” said Richards. “The more voters learn about Sen. McCain’s ardent anti-choice record, the more resistance he will face from the majority of voters, especially among moderate Republicans and independents, who support Roe v. Wade.”

Richards blasted McCain specifically for voting against an effort to topple the Mexico City Policy, which protects Americans from having their tax dollars used to pay for abortions or promoting abortions in other nations.