Planned Parenthood Again Attacks Rick Perry on Abortion

Politics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 8, 2011   |   11:50AM   |   Washington, DC

For the second time in a week, the Planned Parenthood abortion business has emailed its members asking them to complain to Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry about his pro-life advocacy.

Planned Parenthood sent a fundraising email to its members over the weekend attacking Perry. To ensure its members know Perry doesn’t support Planned Parenthood’s agenda, the fundraising email contains slammed Perry and his pro-life record and urged its membership to send him an email through its lobbying web site complaining about Perry’s pro-life accomplishments.

The new email also urges abortion advocates to complain to Perry and it includes new attacks on him for revoking taxpayer funding for the abortion business and signing a bill into law allowing women a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn child before an abortion.

“Texas Governor Rick Perry has taken things too far in Texas. He’s attacking Planned Parenthood and blocking women’s access to health care — and it’s up to us to stop him,” Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards says in the email. “I’m appalled by what is happening in my home state. Governor Rick Perry and the Texas legislature have launched a relentless assault on Planned Parenthood.”

Richards describes the pro-life bill to help women see an ultrasound this way:  “Gov. Perry and anti-women’s health legislators in Texas passed a bill that would force women seeking abortion care to view a sonogram. It would also require doctors to read an anti-choice script written by the anti-choice legislature. To add to the cruelty, the only way to avoid these burdens would be for women to certify in writing that they are pregnant due to rape or incest.”

“Thankfully, a federal judge stopped enforcement of the worst parts of the new law just two days before they went into effect,” Richards bragged. “The judge rightly saw an unconstitutional law designed to bring politicians into medical examination rooms and trample the rights of women and their doctors. Governor Perry immediately vowed to appeal the bill.”

“Tell him to stop. Tell Gov. Perry that Texans, and all Americans, need more access to affordable care, not less. Tell him that enough is enough,” the abortion business CEO continued.

Richards also complained about Perry cutting taxpayer funding for family planning efforts for the abortion giant.

“Perry recently cut family planning funding by two-thirds — which could cut off health care to more than 300,000 Texas women,” she complained, even though women have multiple options for health care at facilities that do not also destroy the lives of unborn children in abortions and injure women. “Women in Texas struggle to find affordable health care, but Governor Perry is trying to shut down the Planned Parenthood health centers that provide it. And now he is threatening to continue pushing legislation that would put doctors at risk of losing their medical licenses unless they read a script written by anti-choice lawmakers to every woman seeking abortion care.”

“Our leaders have a responsibility to protect our rights and expand access to desperately needed health care. It’s time for Gov. Perry to stop blocking women’s access to health care, and start advancing women’s rights and health,” Richards concluded.

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.

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.