Planned Parenthood Slams Possible VP Pick McDonnell Over Ultrasound

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 6, 2012   |   6:59PM   |   Richmond, VA

The Planned Parenthood abortion business is attacking pro-life Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a potential vice-presidential running mate for Mitt Romney, over the new ultrasound law going into effect in his state.

This week, an ultrasound bill requires abortion facilities to show women the ultrasound they typically take before an abortion, as opposed to leaving them in the dark about the development of their unborn child at the time of the abortion. Should Romney select the Virginia governor to run with him against pro-abortion President Barack Obama, the attack could be a sign of what’s to come over the remainder of the presidential campaign.

Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said the abortion business is upset about a “deeply troubling record on women’s health,” McDonnell has because of his pro-life record and views.

“McDonnell ignored overwhelming outrage when he signed the mandatory ultrasound bill into law,” she said. “He eliminated state funding for teen pregnancy prevention for the most at-risk youth in Virginia, and he signed temporary, ‘emergency’ anti-women’s-health regulations to pass them faster and with little public input.”

Richards is also not happy that McDonnell will be heading up the platform committee for the Republican Party this summer as it puts together another pro-life platform on abortion, saying his participation is “a huge red flag for America’s women.”

“Poll after poll shows that women’s health will be a decisive issue for women voters in this election,” she said, “and Governor McDonnell has shown himself to be completely out of touch when it comes to these issues.”

Abortion advocates in Virginia came under heavy criticism for equating the ultrasound legislation there would allow women to see before an abortion to rape.  Yet, while abortion backers say having an ultrasound is like getting raped, a 2003 study shows 99% of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities do them beforehand.



During the debate leading up to the bill, McDonnell reaffirmed his pro-life views, saying, ‘I am pro-life” and he believes “deeply in the sanctity of innocent human life and believe(s) governments have a duty to protect human life.”