Montana Planned Parenthood Activist Bashes Pro-Life Rehberg

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 2, 2012   |   6:28PM   |   Helena, MT

The former spokeswoman for the Planned Parenthood abortion business in Montana has a new letter to the editor in which she promotes pro-abortion Sen. Jon Tester and bashes pro-life Rep. Denny Rehberg.

Montana is poised to be one of the key battlegrounds in the fight for Senate control in 2012. Incumbent Senator Jon Tester holds one of the lowest popularity ratings of any of the Senate Democrats up for reelection in 2012. The race is one which pits an abortion advocate against a pro-life stalwart — but former abortion business spokeswoman Stacy Anderson paints Rehberg’s pro-life position as anti-woman in the Billings Gazette letter she wrote:

The choice couldn’t be clearer. Rep. Denny Rehberg uses his position to target women and families and turns access to basic health care into a political bargaining chip. Sen. Jon Tester, however, stands up to these misguided political machinations and stands strong for women and families in Montana and across the country.

Last week’s budget negotiations are a perfect example. Rehberg, as chair of the Human Services Subcommittee, proposed a budget that:

Eliminated the Title X family planning program (cancer screenings and contraceptives for low-income women and families). Prohibited Planned Parenthood from participating in federal programs to provide preventive health care, including birth control, cancer screenings, annual exams, and STD testing and treatment. Included Stupak Abortion Ban (taking away health insurance coverage women have today).

Tester said “no” to each of these and was instrumental in ensuring these extreme proposals were rejected. In a year where budget-cutting for critical programs was very popular, Tester helped restore 99 percent of funding for Title X.

Sometimes it’s hard to see a difference between candidates. When it comes to prevention and the importance of women’s health, Tester is clearly superior to Rehberg. Tester actively supports Montana women and families and will fight to ensure they can access the health care they need. Rehberg, on the other hand, chooses partisanship over women time and again. With so much at stake in 2012, we must pay attention to each candidate’s record on critical issues. For women and families, Tester is the clear choice.

In other words, if you want a senator who supports taxpayer funding of abortions, Tester’s your guy. If you oppose taxpayer funding, vote for Rehberg.

LifeNews political reporter Andrew Bair says the race will be a close one and Rehberg will do well if pro-life voters turn out in big numbers in the Big Sky state:

Montana’s at-large Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg has announced a bid to challenge Tester. Rehberg, whose district covers the entirety of the state, enjoys high name recognition, giving him a clear advantage in the race for the Republican nomination. Despite widespread disdain for Congress as a whole, Rehberg remains popular with Montana voters. His own popularity surpasses that of Tester.

Rehberg boasts a 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee. Some of his key pro-life accomplishments include voting for the ban on partial-birth abortion, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and to de-fund Planned Parenthood.

In a clear contrast to Senator Tester, Rehberg has consistently opposed Obamacare. Rehberg voted against the health care law, which contains rationing concerns and massive abortion funding. Rehberg voted earlier this year to repeal the law and he voted for a bill to block its funding. Just weeks ago, Rehberg voted in favor of the Protect Life Act, a bill which aims to ban abortion funding under the new healthcare law

Planned Parenthood Action Fund has initiated a new website labeling elected officials either “Champs” or “Chumps” based on their support for Planned Parenthood’s pro-abortion agenda. Not surprisingly, Senator Tester is ranked as a Planned Parenthood “Champ” while Congressman Rehberg is ranked as a “Chump.” Rehberg should wear that as a badge of honor!

With the pro-abortion majority in the Senate thwarting pro-life efforts, defeating Senator Tester will be a crucial step forward in passing pro-life legislation.