Democrats Trash Romney on De-Funding Planned Parenthood

National   Steven Ertelt   Mar 15, 2012   |   12:51PM    Washington, DC

The national Democratic party is attacking Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney — sending out a fundraising email looking for donations from pro-abortion activists upset he wants to cut Planned Parenthood funding.

As LifeNews reported, Romney said he would “get rid of” Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business.

Answering a question from CNN affiliate KDSK of St. Louis, Romney listed a series of programs he would cut or eliminate as president in order to reduce the federal deficit.

“You get rid of Obamacare, but there are others,” Romney the station. “Planned Parenthood, we’re gonna get rid of that. The subsidy for Amtrak, I would eliminate that. The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, both excellent programs, but we can’t afford to borrow money to pay for these things.”

Now, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the pro-abortion Florida congresswoman Barack Obama handpicked to lead the Democratic Party, sent an email fundraiser bashing Romney.

Here’s Mitt Romney’s proposal for reducing the deficit, according to an interview he gave yesterday:

“Planned Parenthood, we’re going to get rid of that.”

That’s right, he said he’d get rid of Planned Parenthood — the more than 90-year-old organization that one in five American women has depended on for health care, and that for many women is their only option for cancer screenings, clinical breast exams, and critical preventive care. Apparently, we can’t afford it.

Here’s what he says we can afford: Protecting and expanding tax cuts for the wealthy, and “that includes the top 1 percent.”

Mitt Romney’s actually willing to cut off women’s access to health care to help fund tax benefits for millionaires and billionaires.

If you had any doubts that these attacks are real, or think they’re just a side effect from a nasty GOP primary season, consider this a reality check.

There’s one thing you can do right now — whether you’re a man or woman — to fight back against Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and every Republican in Congress who repeatedly thinks a woman’s health is their chip to barter:

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Meanwhile, the national party has released a 30-second web video with Romney’s quote, followed by foreboding music and a black screen with lettered warning:  “Cutting preventive health services for millions of women to pay for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.”

“Romney would cut Planned Parenthood’s cancer screenings, birth control services, prenatal care for millionaire’s and billionaires: tax cuts,” reads the text of the ad, according to Fox News.

Romney called for de-funding Planned Parenthood last month.

“I also feel that the government should cut off funding to Planned Parenthood,”said. “Look, the idea that we’re subsidizing an institution that provides abortion, in my view, is wrong. Planned Parenthood oughta stand on its own feet and should not get government subsidy.”

Romney also touted his pro-life credentials, saying, “I am a pro-life individual, I was a pro-life governor, I served as a pro-life governor, I’m a pro-life candidate. I simply do not want to participate in anything that takes the lives of an unborn child.”

Romney has called for de-funding Planned Parenthood previously.

In November, Romney had an opinion column in USA Today in which he advocated numerous ways to balance the federal budget, one of which involves eliminate funding to Planned Parenthood.

Romney proposes repealing Obamacare — which pro-life groups virtually unanimously opposed because of concerns related to taxpayer funding of abortions, rationing issues, and lack of conscience protections for pro-life medical workers. He says that will save $95 billion in 2016.

The fourth item on Romney’s list is one that will delight the pro-life voters he needs to secure the GOP nomination to face Obama:  “Eliminate Title X family planning programs benefiting abortion groups like Planned Parenthood.”

Romney previously pledged to de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business in October during his speech before the Values Voter Summit.

“Our values must also encompass the life of an unborn child,” Romney told the thousands of pro-life advocates gathered for the Family Research Council event. “There are, of course, strong convictions on both sides of this issue. Yet it speaks well of our country that almost all Americans recognize that abortion is a problem.”

“The law may call it a right, but no one ever called it a good. And in the quiet of conscience, people of both political parties know that more than a million abortions a year can’t be squared with the good heart of America,” Romney said.

The former governor pivoted from a philosophical position to talking about his political views and what he would do if elected president.

“I support the Hyde Amendment, which broadly bars the use of federal funds for abortions,” Romney said, “As president, I’ll end federal funding for abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood. I’ll protect a health care worker’s right to follow their conscience in their work.”

“I will nominate judges who know the difference between personal opinion and law. It is long past time for the Supreme Court to return the issue of abortion back to the states by overturning Roe v. Wade,” he added.