Planned Parenthood Attacks Pro-Life Rick Perry on Abortion

Politics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 5, 2011   |   11:55AM   |   Austin, TX

The Planned Parenthood abortion business sent a fundraising email to its members over the weekend attacking pro-life Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has become the leading Republican presidential candidate.

If he receives the nomination, Perry would take on pro-abortion President Barack Obama, who has worked closely with Planned Parenthood to protect its taxpayer funding. The abortion giant is planning a fundraiser for Obama to help him raise money to obtain another four years to advance its pro-abortion agenda.

To ensure its members know Perry doesn’t support Planned Parenthood’s agenda, the fundraising email contains slams on Perry and his pro-life record and urges its membership to send him an email through its lobbying web site complaining about Perry’s pro-life accomplishments.

“As governor of Texas, Rick Perry has pursued a single-minded agenda: take away women’s health care, destroy Planned Parenthood, and block women’s access to safe abortion care,” the Planned Parenthood email says, ignoring the ways in which abortion practitioners in Texas are facing investigation for ignoring abortion health and safety laws.. “Now he’s running for president and may push his anti-choice, anti-women’s health agenda on every woman in the country.”

“Facing record numbers of uninsured women and families, Governor Perry has cut funding for family planning and tried to shut down the Planned Parenthood health centers that provide desperately needed care,” the email says, blasting Perry for signing a bill that revokes state taxpayer funding for the abortion business.

Planned Parenthood also criticizes Perry for signing a bill to allow women considering an abortion a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn child beforehand, saying, “He’s determined to enforce a cruel law designed to bring politicians into medical examination rooms and trample the rights of women and their doctors.”

“Enough is enough. Tell Governor Perry to give up his single-minded assault on women’s rights. Tell him that Texans, and all Americans, need more access to affordable care, not less. Fill out the form below to speak out now (by taking action, you are affirming your membership in the Planned Parenthood Action Fund),” the email asks.

When pro-abortion activists sign the message to Perry, they will be sending a pre-formatted message from Planned Parenthood, saying:

Women and families in Texas struggle daily to access affordable health care, and yet you’ve drastically cut funding for family planning. For many of these families, Planned Parenthood health centers are the only place to turn for care, and yet you’re determined to prevent Planned Parenthood from providing health care to women.

You’ve claimed to want to eliminate government involvement in health care, and yet you’re pursuing an unconstitutional law that forces women seeking abortion care to view a sonogram and requires doctors to read an anti-choice script written by the legislature.

Enough is enough. I stand with Planned Parenthood and the hundreds of thousands of Texan women who are suffering the consequences of your attacks on women’s health. I call on you to restore funding for lifesaving family planning programs. I call on you to end your efforts to prevent Planned Parenthood from providing health care to women. And I call on you to stop pursuing the unconstitutional, unjust law designed to bring politicians into medical examination rooms and trample the rights of women and their doctors.

While the abortion business rakes Perry over the coals for protecting women and unborn children, pro-life groups have given Perry an A grade for his pro-life record on abortion.  Perry has also promised to support a Human Life Amendment, which would ensure legal protection for unborn children in the U.S. Constitution.