Pro-Abortion Houston Mayor Annise Parker Doesn’t Deserve Re-Election

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 19, 2013   |   5:52PM   |   Houston, TX

Houston Mayor Annise Parker is up for re-election and voters in southeast Texas should look elsewhere for someone to run the city.

Parker issued a proclamation declaring the day as Peter J. Durkin Day in Houston when the head of the Texas-based Planned Parenthood abortion business, facing accusations of massive Medicaid fraud related to billing for abortions and birth control, retired.

Parker also appeared at the grand opening gala of the Houston Planned Parenthood abortion facility.

“It’s not about the building; it’s about people’s lives; it is not about women, it is about families; and it’s not about what we do here today, it’s about our future,” the mayor said.

If those two reasons are not enough, pro-life blogger Keith Riler lays out the case further:



Not only has Planned Parenthood endorsed Mayor Parker as a “lifelong supporter of Planned Parenthood’s mission,” but Ms. Parker’s 22-year life partner is campaign treasurer for Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast.

The abortion connection is relevant not just as a standalone fact.  Its importance is elevated due to the recent discovery of Gosnell-style horrors at Dr. Douglas Karpen’s Houston women’s clinic.  Karpen is accused of one-upping Gosnell with his specially developed “twist off babies’ heads” technique.

In the case of Gosnell, we saw fellow abortionists circle the wagons.  NARAL’s response was particularly galling.  If Houstonians have a real interest in getting to the bottom of the Karpen case and preventing future atrocities in their city, Parker’s allegiances must be considered.  There are many ways to impede an investigation of Karpen, if one be predisposed to do so.

Houston voters should consider Ms. Parker’s proactive stances before they add one more achievement to her political résumé.