Last week, RNC committeeman Steve Duprey apologized for “accidently” showing up at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser in New Hampshire. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion business, killing 327,653 unborn babies in 2013.
Duprey said the following about his mistake: “For the past 43 years I have strongly supported both pro-life and pro-choice Republicans. I have been honest about my personal position on this issue and deeply respect the views of those who disagree with me. However, I realize that I made a mistake by appearing at an event for a political action committee that targets Republicans. I was not fully aware of the nature of the event in advance, and regret my attendance. I remain fully committed to working to elect more Republican candidates in 2016.”
He added, “I am a ‘Live Free or Die’ Republican. Where I have a personal difference in the party platform, I don’t trumpet it and I don’t make a big deal about it.”
After the incident, Planned Parenthood policy director, Jennifer Frizzell said, ““Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund both receive generous support from New Hampshire donors across the political spectrum – Republicans, independents and Democrats alike. We defend and protect access to reproductive care in the legislature and we work in a non-partisan manner to help elect candidates who support access to affordable, comprehensive women’s health care, including safe, legal abortion.”
However, New Hampshire Right to Life wasn’t too happy about the incident.
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The organization’s action committee Chairwoman, Darlene Pawlik, said, “Sitting as Chairman of this (debate) committee, NH Republicans should be concerned about how Mr. Duprey’s personal pro-choice standing will shape the Presidential debates. She added that Duprey “is not the representative New Hampshire needs to support either the New Hampshire or the National GOP platform, both of which support pro-life principles.”
According to the Concord Monitor, New Hampshire’s Republican State Committee Chairwoman, Jennifer Horn, said that the state party is “proudly and strongly pro-life” but welcomes Republicans who hold different views.” She concluded, “We will continue to be a voice for the most vulnerable among us and we appreciate that Steve admitted that he made a mistake in regard to this event.”
As LifeNews previously reported, according to Planned Parenthood’s 2013-2014 annual report the “non-profit” ranked in $305.4 million; and received over a half-billion dollars in taxpayer money, as it took in $540 million in 2012 and $528 million in 2013.
The vice president of American Life League, Jim Sedlak, commented on the figures from their report. He said, “Despite this lack of increase in its primary business, Planned Parenthood continued to receive over a half-billion dollars in taxpayer money.” Sedlak added. “It has such a tremendous publicity machine that it convinced corporate and private donors to increase donations by more than $75 million (from $315.4 million to $391.8 million).”