At a rally with nearly 1,700 members and retirees of the United Auto Workers union, the president of the nation’s biggest abortion business told participants that they need to re-elect pro-abortion President Barack Obama.
The rally is the latest example of the political collaboration between the abortion industry and labor unions to support Obama, who has compiled an extensive pro-abortion record during his time in the White House.
“President Obama stood with us and we are going to stand with him,” Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards told UAW members last night at the rally, according to the Detroit News. “We didn’t pick these fights, but by God, we’re going to win.”
“The two organizations that have become the punching bags in the Republican primary are the United Auto Workers and Planned Parenthood,” Richards said. “… we’re proud to stand with you. We’ve got your back and we know you have ours.”
“The right wing is bringing progressives together like never before,” she said. “These folks are against women, they are against working people, they are against the middle class.”
Although Obama is viewed by a majority of Americans as having an extreme position on abortion, the New indicates UAW President Bob King said it is the pro-life Republican candidates who are supposedly out of touch.
“The Republican Party has gone so extreme and so far to the right that I think people are going to come together and say we want fair wages, we want health care, we want our cities rebuilt,” King said. “Republicans are blocking all that.”
The UAW has brushed with the issue of abortion before and, in 2003, UAW initially ought for but later dropped demands to pay for elective abortions under new contracts set to be ratified by United Auto Workers members. It was dropped in the contract finalized between negotiators. According to those familiar with the negations, the abortions would have been covered in health plans for current workers and retirees. Abortions are now only covered in rare circumstances when “medically necessary.”
However, labor unions have consistently funded pro-abortion candidates — something that upsets Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America.
“Union PACs are clearly in the pockets of Democrats. Last year during the 2010 election cycle, 93% of all union PAC money – almost $60 million – was given unapologetically to Democratic candidates, almost all of them staunch advocates of abortion. But this is merely union PAC money. If all big labor spending is taken into account, that number tops over $1.4 billion dollars during the 2010 elections, a non-presidential year cycle,” she notes. “Before Andy Stern joined the Obama Administration in 2009, the then-President of one of the nation’s most influential unions, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) said that they spent a “fortune” to elect Obama, $60.7 million in fact.”
“Both social and fiscal conservative union members must demand that their dues be used to support their jobs and not go toward harming families, and states need to pass Right to Work legislation, which support employees’ decisions whether or not to join a labor union,” Hawkins says. “The union bosses are extraordinarily powerful and their causes are not only helping the economy to wither down to almost zero growth, but are also harming the most vulnerable among us, the unborn. It’s time to strip these bosses of their power and let union members decide for themselves who they want to fund.”