RNC chair suggests Democrats support infanticide through Planned Parenthood
April 4th, 2013
12:26 PM ET
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RNC chair suggests Democrats support infanticide through Planned Parenthood

(CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus linked the women's health provider Planned Parenthood to the killing of newborn children in an op-ed article published Wednesday on the conservative website RedState.com.

His article – under the headline "Media Covers up Democrat-Backed Planned Parenthood's Support for Infanticide" - blasted the media for not covering the recent testimony of a Planned Parenthood representative in Florida, who provided veiled responses to questions from state lawmakers on what should happen to a baby born after a botched abortion.

"That decision should be between the patient and the health care provider," the Planned Parenthood representative, Alisa LaPolt Snow, said during her testimony. Priebus does include a section of the back-and-forth where Snow acknowledges "[t]hat's a very good question. I really don't know how to answer that."

"Not once in her testimony did the Planned Parenthood representative say the newborn baby has a right to life," Priebus wrote in his opinion piece. "Not once did she say anyone has a duty to care for the child. Whether the living, breathing child survives is up to the adults in the room because, as we now know, Planned Parenthood doesn't believe the baby has rights."

In a statement, Planned Parenthood wrote the lawmakers in Florida were inquiring about a "vague set of extremely unlikely and highly unusual medical circumstances."

"Medical guidelines and ethics already compel physicians facing life-threatening circumstances to respond, and Planned Parenthood physicians provide high-quality medical care and adhere to the most rigorous professional standards, including providing emergency care," the group wrote. "In the extremely unlikely event that the scenario presented by the panel of legislators should happen, of course Planned Parenthood would provide appropriate care to both the woman and the infant."

Long the focus of Republican ire, federal funding for Planned Parenthood arose during the 2012 presidential election when GOP nominee Mitt Romney vowed to "get rid" of the organization during an interview with a local television reporter in St. Louis.

That remark prompted an angry response from Democrats, who claimed Romney was aiming to eliminate an important source of women's health care – including mammograms and cervical cancer screenings.

In his article, Priebus recalled the Planned Parenthood barbs from last year's race, and said Democrats – including President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Democratic National Committee chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz - should be held accountable for their support of the organization.

"In the last election, Republicans were repeatedly asked about whether they supported cutting funding to Planned Parenthood. It's time Democrats are asked whether they still support funding an organization that refuses to care for a newborn," he wrote.

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soundoff (409 Responses)
  1. Joe Plumber

    Let them keep talking. The more they talk – the more elections they lose.

    April 4, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  2. skarphace

    James: "Suggest? Its not a suggestion, its a fact. Abortion is murder."

    Murder has a legal definition. As abortion is currently legal and murder is currently illegal, then abortion cannot be legally defined as murder. Now, if the "Personhood Amendment" passes, then abortion will become illegal and you will have a better claim. Until then, you are quite wrong.

    April 4, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. Larry L

    I'm old enough to remember the days of back-alley abortions. I attended drunken a party in Texas during the 60's where in a back-room a girl was covertly given an abortion from some guy who claimed to be "like a doctor". She bled-out and I'll always remember the huge volume of blood she lost as she died. I knew of another girl who gave herself an abortion and nearly died – she had several surgeries to correct the damage and the resulting infection. People need to leave this issue in the hands of women, their doctor, and in some scenarios, the family. Keep politicians out of it!

    April 4, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. skarphace

    Karie: "v_mag, sperm is alive but it cannot grow into a human being on its own, therefore, killing it does not kill a living and growing human being."

    By that same argument, a fetus (before 22 weeks) is alive but it cannot grow into a human being on its own (it needs the mothers body to survive), therefore it does not kill a living and growing human being.

    April 4, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. Pete

    @wake up people,think again,glad we all agree this guy is far more a threat to his own racist,ignorent inept party of republicans than Micheal Steele and his charge cards ever were..I just sit back and laugh seeing all the republicans,posters here scrambling trying to save face that's all..Have a good night all!!

    April 4, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  6. belinda

    He should question why we elect GOP state senators, that don't know anything, about the serious issues that we face. In Texas, we have one, that confused the Morning After pill ( that PREVENTS hundreds of thousands of Abortions every year) with the Abortion pill. This is basic information, regarding a very serious issue. This is something that a sixth grader would know. State officials in Texas, reported after a study was done, that passing the Medicaid bill ( that was not passed by the GOP, would create jobs and save 4,500 adult lives and the lives of 2,700 CHILDREN. So, exactly, WHO is killing children ????? These people are amazing in their hypocrisy.

    April 4, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  7. belinda

    They don't even know the difference between the Morning After pill( that prevents hundreds of thousands of abortions) and the Abortion pill. They want to outlaw both. So, exactly who kills babies ? they are preventing medicaid expansion that will save the lives of 2,700 children. Disgraceful and hypocritical.

    April 4, 2013 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    50 million kids aborted. Way to go dems.

    April 4, 2013 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    I heard on the radio today that some states have laws allowing you to carry a gun to work, even if your employer forbids it.

    These are the same yahoos who want employers to be able to deny women contraceptive coverage as part of their health plan if it "violates" the employer's belief system.

    In a nutshell: Employers CAN tell you what you can do with your own body, but employers CANNOT tell you what to do with your gun.

    And the GOP wonders why they have a gender problem ...

    April 5, 2013 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
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