Romney Faces Attack From Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

Politics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 23, 2011   |   4:53PM   |   Washington, DC

The Planned Parenthood abortion business is going after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney again, this time with its president Cecile Richards penning an opinion column in Time magazine.

Richards is most upset that Romney has repeatedly called for revoking federal taxpayer funding for the abortion business, which she mischaracterizes as him supporting pulling the plug on all family planning programs.

“In a recent USA Today op-ed, he proudly vowed to end the nation’s family planning program, also known as Title X,” she complained. “The program, signed into law decades ago by Republican President Richard Nixon, provides preventive health care, such as birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings and well-women checkups to 5 million women each year. It’s a program that consistently has bipartisan support because it saves lives, keeps women healthy, prevents unintended pregnancies and detects cancer early when it can best be treated.”

Richards’ column fails to mention that 96 percent of pregnant women who go to Planned Parenthood get abortions, or how a Planned Parenthood center in Texas told one pregnant teenager that it wouldn’t provide her any medical care or support unless she was there to have an abortion.

Instead, Richards attacks Romney for siding with pro-life groups an the nation’s Catholic bishops in opposing a mandate the Obama administration is looking to put in place that may have insurance companies be forced to include birth control and drugs that can possibly cause abortions under “preventative care.”

“Romney would eliminate this huge advancement, since he has vowed to repeal the gains made for women under this historic legislation. By opposing Title X, he’s now committing to end preventive health care for millions of American women, care that includes family planning but also lifesaving cancer screenings — all in a desperate effort to win his party’s nomination,” Richards says.

The Planned Parenthood president also claims Romney is not being true to his party by supporting Planned Parenthood de-funding, even though most republicans favor it and virtually all Republicans in Congress have voted for de-funding.

“While Romney and a few of the Republican presidential candidates support measures that would impede women’s health-care rights, there are many Republicans (and Democrats) who support Planned Parenthood and access to women’s health,” she writes. “In fact, some Republicans, such as Margaret Goldwater, the wife of Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, founded their local Planned Parenthood chapters. Traditional Republican values included both support for family planning and a firm commitment to keeping government small and out of folks personal lives.”

“By attacking the health and well-being of women in America to score political points, Romney is showing women exactly how little he understands their concerns — and their lives,” she concludes.

With women opposing taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood by a 51-40 percentage point margin, its Richards who’s out of touch.