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.
“Mitt Romney will put critical healthcare for women and families at risk and will let politicians interfere in your most private, personal medical decisions,” the new radio ad states. “President Obama trusts women and knows the health care challenges families face.”
Responding to the ads, Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg told The Hill “misleading political attacks will not change President Obama’s failed record.”
“[Obama’s] policies have made it harder for women across the country to start businesses, get good jobs, or see their children able to go to college and get started with their lives. Mitt Romney will lead us to a real recovery so that women – and all Americans – can succeed and live the American Dream,” Henneberg said.
Planned Parenthood Votes, a pro-choice super PAC linked to Planned Parenthood, purchase 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.”
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.”
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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.