Republican U.S. Sen. Martha McSally called Planned Parenthood’s bluff Thursday after it launched attack ads against her for supporting efforts to defund it of taxpayer dollars.
The Arizona pro-life lawmaker is one of three U.S. senators that the billion-dollar abortion chain is targeting in a new $1 million-plus ad campaign. McSally, Cory Gardner of Colorado and Thom Tillis of North Carolina are considered vulnerable Senate seats in 2020.
Dylan Lefler, McSally’s campaign manager, told Fox News that McSally believes in supporting real health care for women.
“Senator McSally is focused on providing access to actual health care for women all across Arizona, while Planned Parenthood is only focused on protecting their business model,” he said.
Planned Parenthood’s new ads criticize the senators for supporting a new Trump administration rule for Title X funds, which provide family planning services to low-income individuals. The rule defunded Planned Parenthood of about $60 million in tax dollars.
The TV ads claim McSally, Gardner and Tillis “let the Trump-Pence administration force Planned Parenthood out of Title X.”
Actually, Planned Parenthood refused to participate. It chose to prioritizes abortions over birth control, cancer screenings and other health care services for low-income individuals when it refused to participate in Title X.
Lefler said McSally fights for real health care for all Americans, including women and unborn babies.
“They can spend all they want but Martha will not back down in the fight to protect real health care for women in Arizona, especially the ones served by community health centers who take care of far more women than Planned Parenthood, and to protect life,” Lefler said.
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Though Planned Parenthood claims to be a health care provider, its services are very limited, and its patient numbers have been dropping. Primarily, it promotes and performs abortions. Its former CEO, Leana Wen, even admitted recently that abortions are Planned Parenthood’s “core mission.”
McSally and other Republican lawmakers have been trying to defund the abortion chain of additional tax dollars, but pro-abortion Democrat lawmakers have blocked their efforts.
“We expect every hysterical liberal special interest group in the country to invade Arizona with false, negative ads for the next year since they know it is a pivotal race to keep the Senate majority,” Lefler said.
The U.S. Senate is a key target for abortion advocacy groups because it is only narrowly held by Republicans. If pro-abortion lawmakers win a few more seats, they could block important pro-life legislation, such as the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, and prevent Trump from appointing any more conservative judges to the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts. They also could pass legislation to give more money to Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups.
Planned Parenthood’s new ads spin the Title X situation by claiming the senators refused to “protect affordable health care.”
The new Title X rule ensures that tax dollars do not indirectly subsidize abortions by prohibiting grant recipients from referring for abortions. To comply with the rule, Planned Parenthood could have stopped doing abortions or completely separated its abortion business from its actual health services. It refused to do either.
According to CNN, the abortion chain hopes the ads will “reach and mobilize key communities, such as Black women in North Carolina and the Latinx community in Arizona, that have been hit the hardest by the Trump administration’s attacks on sexual and reproductive health care programs, including Title X.”
A billion-dollar abortion provider, Planned Parenthood still receives hundreds of millions of tax dollars from Americans every year. Its abortion numbers surpassed 332,000 last year, according to its most recent annual report.
America has some of the most liberal abortion laws in the world, and the abortion industry is fighting hard and spending huge amounts of money to try to keep it that way.