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

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. SSS

    It's clear that people here can't read. The exchange in which the RNC chair was referring to was about A BABY THAT HAD BEEN BORN during a botched abortion. Planned Parenthood wouldn't say that the baby would always be attempted to be saved, but rather that it's a parental and doctor decision about the life of the NEWLY BORN INFANT

    April 4, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. TimeMatters

    Here we go again, start the name calling and see what sticks. Let's not deal with the budget. Let's not deal with making sure people are trained to use the firearms they collect, that they are required to secure them when not in use and that firearms aren't enabled for mass killing. Let's not support affordable health care for all Americans.

    Let's throw mud and see if we can make anyone vote for us. This is the party of the Let's Not!

    April 4, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. who ares

    Liberals killing liberals. Can't get any better. Keep up the good work liberals, soon you will kill yourselves into extinction.

    Wonder if I can pay to watch you fks kill each other off

    April 4, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. Abort the GOP

    Another wacko from the RNC. This decision is between a woman and her health provider and ultimately between a woman and god not government.

    April 4, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Steffan

    What an idiot!

    April 4, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. HenryMiller

    "That decision should be between the patient and the health care provider,"

    We've known forever that the GOP doesn't approve of people being allowed to make their own decisions.

    Unfortunately, the Dems don't approve of that either—the only difference is in which small areas of our lives the two parties will tolerate individual freedom.

    April 4, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. v_mag

    Fair, here's the deal. Life cannot begin at conception if it clearly exists BEFORE conception. Sperm and egg are the only human cells capable of the reproductive function, so your comments about skin cells are a red herring. You're not so much "pro-life" as you are "pro-something-that-might-potentially-become-a-human-life", and while that is not a very pithy slogan, it is more accurate. So, please quit claiming to be pro-life and that life begins at conception. You're not, and it doesn't.

    April 4, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. boyamidumb

    This is a BS issue. Current laws are quite clear that you cannot kill a baby. This is another fool reaching for a headline. His little brain does nothing to help end unwanted births and unnecessary abortions.

    It would be nice if the people who want so badly to lead could actually think and help solve problems instead of promoting themselves at great cost to us all.

    The greatest crime people like this commit is aborting the truth.

    April 4, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Big_D

    Infanticide? That really shows who is working at bringing our country together. The GOP acts like they want a civil war with all the hatred they put out to their fellow Americans. Reagan would be embarrassed to be in today's GOP.

    April 4, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Dave T

    If the GOP really wants to be more inclusive, they first need to stop this kind of nonsense.

    April 4, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Robin Bray

    Have these boneheads ever visited Planned parent hood and seen the kinds of services they provide? No. These are the same folks who slam an art exhibit or book they have never seen or read. Proof our education system has failed so many.

    April 4, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    This guy, like the adherents who follow the far right GOP, is a fascist twirp. One week he's talking about inclusiveness, another day goes by, and he's back to being chairman of the "In Your Pants Party". Simple question: when is the GOP finally going to get out of everyone's pants?

    April 4, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. Lando

    Those statements are the road to the Republiban's total extinction. Keep it coming..

    April 4, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. Big_D

    First they target Planned Parenthood then they will go after women's reproductive rights. The thin veil is easy to see through. That's why the GOP wants Burqas.

    April 4, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Anomic Office Drone

    They've been losing for being too extreme. Clearly the solution is to be more extreme.

    April 4, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. RINO Bill

    This kind of crap that Priebus is spouting is exactly why I no longer want to be associated with the Republican Party.

    April 4, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Big_D

    Did you ever notice 90% of right to lifers are people that had abortions that are upset over their decision so they want to take that option away? It is just hypocritical and sad.

    April 4, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. neastsider

    The rnc's report 'autopsy' report of what went wrong and where and how for the bagger party, just turned into a deliberately administered political suicide. This nauseating fixation that the baggers have on women's rights now borders on criminal stalking. They just can't drop their hatred for women and their determination to insert their noses and opinions that they know what's best for the individual, the individual knows nothing

    April 4, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  19. headlessthompsongunner

    Hey Bobby Jindal... How much longer until the "STUPID" part goes away?

    April 4, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. lloyd roberts

    Priebus is upset because of their support for that organization. Can anyone else be upset with republicans for supporting the Catholic Church which has revealed that it has raped many young girls and boys and left permanent damage to millions of innocent youngsters over the last three centuries. I just don't get his point

    April 4, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. palebluedot

    Here we go again................This is 2013 ,not 1950. Wake up GOP.

    April 4, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. MrApplesauce

    I wonder if Rance Preibus feels the Republican Party should be blanket covered by every statement one of their members or employees makes.

    April 4, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. joe

    So Republicans played word games with their questions to make liberals look bad – Gee what a surprise. NOT

    April 4, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. K from AZ

    55 million murders in 40 years for the convenience of a majority of women who want the ‘freedom’ to screw their brains out, at taxpayer expense, and suffer no consequences. Most commendable!

    April 4, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. joe

    Welcome to the NEW Republican party – NOT

    April 4, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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