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.

Filed under: Abortion • Reince Priebus • RNC
soundoff (409 Responses)
  1. casey

    Just more political extremism from the right. Yawn...

    April 4, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. luke,az

    Still waiting for the Republican party to implode into three groups; moderates,evangelicals and the tea partiers maybe a fourth group should be added ,the ron paulies. The circular firing squad has begun to shoot. These guys are nuts !

    April 4, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Thinkergal

    Keep it up, Republicans. Oblivion awaits!

    April 4, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. GOPlease

    Did the GOP learning anything after the last election????? They need to drop these pointless and stupid social issues they take up which were decided on 30 YEARS AGO, and get to focusing on what matters! IT'S THE ECONOMY STUPID GOP CLOWNS!!!!! THAT'S WHY YOU LOST AND WILL CONTINUE TO LOSE B/C YOU. JUST. DON'T. GET. IT!!!!!

    April 4, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. gary

    GOP leadership is delusional and deceitful. They use fear mongering and imagined extremes to rake in the support of the stupid and gullible.

    April 4, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. goblackhawks

    after reading these posts .. what it tells me .. Libs and DEMS are very jejune .. and need an education. Abortion is a necassary evil .. but killing a baby that survives an abortion .. which what the RNC chairman is talking about is sick .. and you folks on the left are scary who lack morals .. no wonder why Obama is your King

    April 4, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. MrMynor

    Once again, the GOP misses the mark as to why they lost the female vote to the Democrats. They try to vilify Planned parenthood by focusing on the single most controversial aspect of the services they provide (which, coincidentally, is expressly excluded from the activities that federal funding goes to pay for) and expect people to be outraged by the picture they proceed to paint through half-truths and convenient ommissions of fact. In reality, they are simply preying on the ignorant and insulting the intelligence of people who are informed on the subject because it is all smoke and mirrors. If the republican's would tone down the hyperbolic rhetoric a bit and stopped trying to make a mountain out of every mole hill the democrats leave behind, they would likely find it much easier to identify those aspects of their platform that resonate with the independent voters whose support they need to win elections. The social aspects of the republican platform are so outdated and antiquated that they do more harm than good for the party when election time rolls around. Abortion is not going anywhere. Marriage equality is inevitable at this point. Stop fighting losing battles and focus on something you can win so you stop looking like the party of the stereotypical angry old man who disapproves of everything because he is behind the times, and start looking like a party that gets stuff done.

    April 4, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. PercyA

    Well same old thing. Nothing new from these guy's, that's why they lost in '12 and will repeat in '16, as long Old Reice is still around, he and the rest of those right wing zealots.

    April 4, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. sactonana

    The Republinazis continue to to preach Freedom and Liberty, while trampling on the personal liberties of others.

    April 4, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Tim

    Keep it up you right wing loonies. This is a continued jump to insignificance and eradication for the GOP. Over the next 10 years your party will be a fraction of its current self.

    April 4, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd

    This is amusing..the party that shows no mercy towards poor kids who need healthcare, saying the other party commits infanticide..Come on out to AZ guy, talk to the thousands of kids being denied treatment, because giving private prison companies like CCA was more important!

    April 4, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. Thinks2010

    Well, I guess you can give Mr. Priebus a few points for having the honesty to say in public what the Republicans think about the 37% of Americans who are registered Democrats and the 70% who are pro-choice. It may be an outright lie or at least an utter distortion of the pro-choice position, but it is how the Repubs feel about it. I'm not sure it will do the Republicans any good when it comes to their rebranding efforts. I think that Dems and liberal/progressive independents can be grateful that Republicans just can't help blurting out in private or in public what they really think of most of their fellow citizens.

    April 4, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Uncle Samuel

    Gary – GOP leadership is delusional and deceitful. They use fear mongering and imagined extremes to rake in the support of the stupid and gullible.

    – Sort of like you have bought your Democrats' fear-mongering about Republicans and their racism, bigotry, religious fanaticism and misogyny? Well, done, sir, you've managed to managed to prove you and your party's hypocrisy in 20 words. Nice.

    April 4, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    If it weren't for Planned Parenthood, I might not be alive today. I have a family history of cervical cancer and back in 1990, when the health insurance I had through my job had a high deductible, I went to Planned Parenthood for my annual exam (which cost me about half as much as going to a doctor).

    My test came back positive for pre-cancer cells. Planned Parenthood had done a confirmation test (at no additional cost to me), and referred me to a local OB-GYN for follow up. I had laser surgery and am happy to report that all my exams since have been normal.

    I am grateful for the services Planned Parenthood provides. Without access to their affordable care, I – along with my three children – would not be here today.

    April 4, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. ted

    Reince Priebus – LOL

    April 4, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    I have only used Planned Parenthood for preventive care and cancer screening services. I have a friend, however, who went to a Planned Parenthood with the intention of getting an abortion. She had a two-year-old son and had found out on the same day that she was pregnant with her second – and that her husband was having an affair. She couldn't imagine raising two children as a single mother, so she sought out abortion services at Planned Parenthood.

    The staff at Planned Parenthood listened to her concerns – and talked her out of the abortion, telling her she was not in the right frame of mind to make such an important decision. My friend went back home – and fortunately was able to not only give birth to a healthy baby boy, but reconcile with her husband.

    Just a reminder to folks like Rince who ignore facts and insist on lying to people.

    April 4, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    Rince and the GOP insist on pursuing these divisive social issues – at the same time they are vigorously pursing ways to steal elections, be it through voter suppression or changing the rules governing the Electoral College.

    Their intention is to continue along this extreme path coupled with failed policies – so if they should succeed in stealing more elections, they can proclaim they represent the "will of the people" – to the detriment of our country and society.

    Just think it through, folks ...

    April 4, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    @luke,az: "Still waiting for the Republican party to implode into three groups; moderates,evangelicals and the tea partiers maybe a fourth group should be added ,the ron paulies."

    From your lips to God's ears! That way, the nutjobs will stay busy squabbling among themselves while the rest of us move this country FORWARD!

    April 4, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    @Eliott Carlin: "Started by a racist self hating human, Planned Parenthood has done untold more devastating damage to the black family than anything else, except perhaps our own government."

    By providing affordable healthcare to women who could otherwise not have access to it at all?

    April 4, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. lttlejohn

    Freaking unbelievable, what do these yahoos crawl out from under. I'm getting to the point that I don't care how much I like a candidate, if he/she is republican he/she gets a thumbs down and I am not a democrat.

    April 4, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  21. KBNJ

    Before anyone makes a comment, they really should look at Reince's article and, more importantly, watch the linked YouTube video of the Planned Parenthood rep's testimony to the end. I do NOT support overthrowing Roe v. Wade, but people really DO need to educate themselves on the horrors of failed abortions, late term abortions and Planned Parenthood's sometimes unconscionable policies and positions. I support the good things they do, and don't mind paying for some of it, but it is a absolute travesty to expect ME or anyone else to pay for killing infants.

    April 4, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. Wake up People!

    @Think Again.

    I'm so happy to hear that you are healthy. Great post.

    April 4, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    The rethugs have forgotten that after the then president of planned parenthood went over to the dark gop side the Komen walk lost support from women.
    If you think women don't want somebody telling them what to do with their bodies you are sadly mistaken.
    When the commercials about Viagra and Cialis are followed by a contraceptives ad for women and women, regardless of religion or where you work, have access to cheap contraceptives, like men, we will continue to fight against the repugs and tea baggers.

    April 4, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |

    Here we go again. . . .
    The GOP still pandering to low information voters. What's the new percentile? 50th?

    April 4, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    Bottom Line:

    The Accusation = The Conviction. All you have to do is make the accusation and the MSM will do you the favor of broadcast it to the far corners of the planet without a shred of journalism or critical analysis involved such that a good portion of the target audience will believe it's true.

    April 4, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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