Democratic Party Chair: Planned Parenthood Probe Partisan

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 28, 2011   |   6:54PM   |   Washington, DC

The chair of the Democratic National Committee has responded to the news that a House committee will conduct an investigation of the Planned Parenthood abortion business, calling it a partisan attack.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat who President Barack Obama named as the DNC chair to help oversee his re-election campaign, blasted the probe of the abortion giant and its finances and potential coverup of statutory rape and sexual abuse a “burdensome and politically motivated, big-government investigation.”

“I am a strong supporter of congressional oversight, however, the scope and nature of this investigation is unprecedented, invasive, and the big-brother equivalent of a modern day denial-of-service attack,” said Wasserman Schultz, according to a Sun-Sentinel report. “Republicans, having failed to strip funds for Planned Parenthood’s essential health-care services through the legislative process, now appear to want to bury Planned Parenthood under a broad and unwarranted political witch hunt.”

The Florida-based newspaper quotes the pro-abortion congresswoman as saying Planned Parenthood is frequently audited by state and federal officials and she claimed the audits provide no reason to investigate Planned Parenthood. That’s despite the abortion business having a history of Medicaid fraud.

The support from the head of the Democratic Party is no shock — she headlined a rally for Planned Parenthood in Augustfor the event sponsored by Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast, a local abortion affiliate.

“Show your support for Planned Parenthood, and tell your elected officials that women’s health matters,” an announcement of the rally read, without mentioning abortion. “We’re so excited to co-sponsor a rally in Ft. Lauderdale during the August Congressional recess with all our wonderful coalition partners – and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congressman Ted Deutch, and Congressman Alcee Hastings in attendance. We’re going to turn downtown Ft. Lauderdale pink, and thank our elected officials who have defended women’s health care.”

Schultz tweeted about the rally afterwards — providing a picture and saying she was “with Rep. Red Deutch at the Planned Parenthood rally in south Florida. We are truly fighting for women’s lives. This is personal.”

“I joined my colleague Rep. Ted Deutch and others from the FL State Legislature at a rally with Planned Parenthood in South Florida tonight,” she added on her Facebook page. “This year, we’ve experienced some of the most severe attacks on women’s rights since Roe v. Wade. I was six years old when Roe v. Wade was handed down. And never in my life have I felt my constitutional rights as a woman were threatened like I do right now. The women who came before us faced tough times too, but they stayed with it – because they knew that it was up to them to ensure that they left us a better world. And now it’s our turn to carry the torch.”

That wasn’t the first time Wasserman Schultz has participated in events for the local abortion business — as she headlined a training day for pro-abortion student activists earlier this year.

Wasserman Schultz was named by pro-abortion President Barack Obama recently to take over as the head of the Democratic Party nationally and prepare for his re-election campaign next year. At the time of her appointment to the position, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards praised Wasserman Schultz as a “heroine” for her extensive abortion advocacy. The appointment made it clear Obama would not run from his lengthy pro-abortion record.