Planned Parenthood Continues Trashing Sarah Palin on Abortion, Rape Kit Lies

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 30, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Planned Parenthood Continues Trashing Sarah Palin on Abortion, Rape Kit Lies

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 30
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — With the vice-presidential debate coming up this week, Planned Parenthood continues to trash Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on abortion. The abortion business is also repeating the false claims that Palin somehow went after women who were victims of sexual abuse by making them pay for rape kits.

Cecile Richards, president of the pro-abortion group, says in an email to her supporters that she was surprised when she heard Palin named as John McCain’s running mate.

"It was hard to believe that McCain had actually found someone more anti-choice, more extreme, and more out of touch than he is on issues that matter to women," she claimed.

As has reported, polls of women voters don’t support that contention.

Richards goes on to say that Palin and McCain would cause "a return to the dark ages" over abortion and reproductive health issues.

To carry out her attack on Palin further, Richards is asking Planned Parenthood backers to sign an open letter to Palin that the group plans to feature outside the venue hosting the debate.

"We’re taking your message of opposition straight to St. Louis, Missouri, for the vice-presidential debate to say ‘Sarah Palin is not our candidate’ in a big, bold way that the candidates, the media, and the people of St. Louis won’t be able to ignore," Richards says.

The group plans to ‘display signs with the open letter" claiming women don’t support McCain and Palin.

The letter to Palin recycles pro-abortion attacks on the governor: "You are not our candidate because you do not support a woman’s right to choose, even in the case of rape or incest."

But it also includes the now-disproved rape kit controversy.

"You are not our candidate because you required women in Wasilla to pay for their own medical examinations after being raped," Planned Parenthood claims.

However, the claim is completely false.

As columnist Warner Todd Huston explains in his piece de-bunking the myth, "Evidence of the incident, though, shows no involvement by Palin at all."

He cites investigative reporter Jim Geraghty of National Review and says "Geraghty also could not find a single instance of a rape victim ever having been charged for her own rape kit."

"Additionally, Geraghty found that it was the hospitals in Alaska, not the police agencies, that were passing the bills on to the victims’ insurance companies," he added.

"On top of all of that, there are no stories prior to Sarah Palin being offered the billet as VP by John McCain that makes the claim that Palin was informed of or involved in this policy of charging rape victims for rape kits," he adds.

"And, since there was only one rape reported in the city between 1996 and 2000 when the story first came to the papers, it’s no wonder she wasn’t aware of the policy. When would it ever have come up?" he concludes.

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