Planned Parenthood Sinks $835K More Into Attacking Romney, $13M Total

Politics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 31, 2012   |   2:01PM   |   Washington, DC

The Planned Parenthood abortion business is putting another $835,000 into its efforts to attack Mitt Romney’s pro-life positions — reaching almost $13 million in its 2012 election efforts for President Obama.

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund will spend $853,000 to run a 60-second radio ad on Colorado, Ohio and Virginia radio stations from now until Election Day. The ad relies on the some tactic it has used before to bash Romney — saying his pro-life views on abortion and women “seem like they’re from the 1950s.”

“For me, it all comes down to who I can trust and who’s best for my family’s finances? And I just don’t think Mitt Romney is looking out for us … We’re not there yet, but President Obama has things heading in the right direction,” the ad says.

A Romney campaign representative told The Hill that the abortion company’s ads are “false ads and dishonest attacks” that attempt to defect attention from the poor economy.

“Misleading political attacks will not change President Obama’s failed record,” said Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg. “His 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.”

Previous Planned Parenthood ads target Romney’s previous comments saying he would “get rid” of federal taxpayer funding for the abortion business and Planned Parenthood.

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.”

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.