Mitt Romney Promises To “Get Rid Of” Planned Parenthood

Mitt Romney must think low-income women don’t really need breast exams. And those Pap smears that could detect cervical cancer? So frivolous! Surely that’s the only thing the GOP frontrunner could have meant when he told folks in Missouri he would “get rid of” Planned Parenthood, as well as a number of other programs, to reduce the debt. “The test is pretty simple. Is the program so critical, it’s worth borrowing money from China to pay for it?” Romney said. “And on that basis of course you get rid of Obamacare, that’s the easy one. Planned Parenthood, we’re going to get rid of that. The subsidy for Amtrak, I’d eliminate that. The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

This comment is WTF for a lot of reasons (not the least of which is his potshot at health care reform, in many ways similar to mandated health care in Massachusetts where Romney was governor), but especially because of Romney’s many ties to Planned Parenthood [second item]. As governor he signed a pro-choice pledge organized by PP, he attended a fundraiser, and his wife even donated money to the clinics! 

For what it is worth, the Obama administration released a statement in response shortly after his remarks:

Planned Parenthood is a vital health care provider for millions of American women, giving them affordable access to life-saving services like mammograms and cervical cancer screenings. Even more offensive is that he would justify on fiscal grounds the elimination of Planned Parenthood, which represents 0.01% of the federal budget … .

Romney must really think low-income women don’t need those breast exams. Surely he couldn’t be throwing PP under the bus for politics. 


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