Planned Parenthood Starts “Women are Watching” 2012 Campaign

Politics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 11, 2012   |   1:54PM   |   Washington, DC

The Planned Parenthood abortion business has rolled out its 2012 election campaign with the theme “Women are Watching” – although the only thing the women of Planned Parenthood will watch is how much or little candidates promote abortion.

The pro-abortion group has launched a new web site designed to inform voters of the positions of various political candidates running for top congressional and statewide officers in 2012 — essentially to get pro-abortion activists to support pro-abortion candidates.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said the goal is to “let politicians know that the nearly six million supporters of Planned Parenthood are watching what they’re doing” and for the abortion business to “encourage [women] to pay attention to what politicians are saying, to be informed voters next November, and to protect women’s health and to expand access to women’s care” — i.e. abortion.

Richards told Cosmopolitan, the pro-abortion women’s magazine, that the goal is also to move away from the issue of abortion — a losing one now that polls consistently show a majority of Americans are pro-life, oppose abortions in most instances and believe abortions destroy a human life.

“It used to be either you were pro-choice or anti-choice,” she said. “Now we’ve shifted away from that. The conversation is going far beyond pro-choice and it’s becoming much broader. It’s about access to birth control, family planning, and preventative care.”

The new web site bashes pro-life candidates like Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and Iowa congressman Steve King, one of the pro-life leaders in the House.

The pro-life women’s political group Susan B. Anthony List criticized Planned Parenthood and the presumption that their “Women are Watching” campaign speaks for women in the political process.

“Planned Parenthood’s ‘Women are Watching’ campaign is its latest effort to distort the notion of feminine leadership and the role women play in advancing our country’s principles,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “The original American feminists – women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Alice Paul – espoused authentic pro-life feminism. They recognized that the rights of one group could never be built upon the broken rights of others.

“Cecile Richards is truly out of touch to be heading to a state whose Executive Council voted last year to end the state’s $1.8 million taxpayer-funded contract with Planned Parenthood. The pro-life American majority, women and men, in New Hampshire and across the country want out of the abortion business and an end to taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood,” she told LifeNews.

She concludes: “Women truly are watching. That is why each Republican presidential candidate has pledged to defund the organization so zealously attached to its abortion-centered model that it turns a blind eye to the systematic exploitation of women. Women deserve better. Women are indeed watching – state by state – and are served by the defunding of Planned Parenthood.”