Debate: Obama Defends Funding Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 16, 2012   |   11:07PM   |   Washington, DC

President Barack Obama proved during Tuesday night’s debate why the Planned Parenthood abortion business has called him their “champion” and has spent millions of dollars ensuring he is re-elected to another term.

Just minutes into the debate, Obama attacks Mitt Romney on the economy, claiming the only solutions Romney has for improving it involved cutting taxpayer funding for the abortion giant.

“We haven’t heard from the governor any specifics beyond Big Bird and eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood in terms of how he pays for that,” Obama said.

“When Governor Romney says that we should eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, there are millions of women all across the country, who rely on Planned Parenthood for, not just contraceptive care, they rely on it for mammograms, for cervical cancer screenings,” Obama continued — misleading voters by falsely claiming mammograms are done.

Obama continued misleading voters: “George Bush never suggested that we eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, so there are differences between Governor Romney and George Bush, but they’re not on economic policy. In some ways, he’s gone to a more extreme place when it comes to social policy. And I think that’s a mistake. That’s not how we’re going to move our economy forward.”

The president later mocked Romney for supporting efforts to revoke it’s federal funding.

“When they said, “We’re going to cut Planned Parenthood funding.” He said, “Me too.” When he said, “We’re going to repeal Obamacare. First thing I’m going to do,” Obama said. “That is not the kind of leadership that you need, but you should expect that those are promises he’s going to keep.”

Planned Parenthood has already invested more than $5.7 million into campaign ads targeting Mitt Romney on his pro-life views but, with polls showing him leading pro-abortion President Barack Obama, the abortion business is sinking more money into new ads.

Planned Parenthood Votes announced today that it is spending $578,000 on radio ads targeting Romney in the battleground states of Ohio and Virginia and added that it will put another $250,000 behind the ads it is already running on television in Colorado.



The new radio ads attack Romney over his position favoring overturning Roe v. Wade, which would help stop the 55 million abortions it has allowed throughout pregnancy for any reason.

Planned Parenthood Votes,  a pro-choice super PAC linked to Planned Parenthood, purchased the television air time to run spots in the Denver metro area that attack Romney for his statement earlier this year that he would “get rid” of Planned Parenthood funding. The ad also goes after Romney for his repeated statements that he favors overturning the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy.

Titled “Mitt Romney would turn back the clock,” the ad will run for two weeks in Denver and the surrounding area. Colorado is one of the top 10 battleground states that Romney and pro-abortion President Barack Obama are contesting, and it was the site for the first presidential debate featuring the two that polls show Romney won handily.

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the political arm of the company that does more than 300,000 abortions annually and has endorsed Obama.

Romney called for de-funding Planned Parenthood earlier this year.

“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.”