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. rs

    just askin-
    Your ability to pick and choose convenient slogans is amazing. To be clear you are not the "pro-life party" if you supported the slaughter of 130,00 innocent Iraqis- many of them children, nor if you support the NRA and their insane gun laws that directly result in the deaths of 13,000 Americans year in and year our. Get it? loving zygotes doesn't means squat when you hate as many as the GOP does.

    April 4, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Boomer in Mo

    Abortion is a terrible thing in my mind. But I actually had a preacher explain to me about a passage in the Bible that says a baby is not a human being until they are actually born. I didn't go along with his argument, but apparently it can be made. However, if a 55 year old woman came up pregnant and was told she was carrying a defective baby, I'd have a hard time telling her not to abort it. In my community there are about half a dozen severely retarded, elderly adults living in the nursing home. They came in as residents along with their mothers, who have since died. Basically, those old women took care of their handicapped adult children until they were almost dead. I have trouble making someone do that. I do not know the answer, but public facilities for such severely handicapped children can be very abusive and I understand why those women basically enslaved themselves for 30, 40 or even 50 years.

    April 4, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. Sandy

    Small government republicans my butt! They SAY they want smaller government, but everything they advocate says BIG government! Why doesn't the press point this out!?

    April 4, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC


    I might have some respect for "Pro-Life" Republicans if they actually supported programs that could help decrease the number of abortions (e.g., availability of birth control, more resources for families). As someone who is pro-choice I have always found that incredibly frustrating. Helping to create situations where fewer women feel they need to consider abortion as an option could be common ground for both pro-choice and pro-life sides of this debate. Instead it seems that many Republicans just serve up rhetoric and more abortion restrictions, which just create different issues rather than solving anything.
    They feel that they've already covered that ground, creating circumstances that reduce abortions. Join them, and do whay you're told to do. Think they way they tell you think. Don't believe what you want, and only say what is permitted.

    April 4, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. James Bond

    Are you sure the dem super pac is'nt paying this guy

    April 4, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. rs

    And the Republican war on women's rights goes forward unabated. So much for your "re-branding" Piebus!

    April 4, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. rs

    James Bond

    Are you sure the dem super pac is'nt paying this guy
    Indeed, this is such an over-the-top public utterance!

    April 4, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. ST

    Oh! GOP, one issue after the other you will acquire all the votes you need to win. You started with Immigration Reform – that seems is not moving to anywhere. You jumped to gays and lebsians – you made your mess there too. The gun issue – you signalled that you are not ready to compromise. Now you are jumping onto abortion!!!
    You are doing fine. Just keep up the good work you are doing.

    April 4, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. PJ

    So Fair is Fair thinks this is "stones" worthy comment. Of course, she is the one who called the President a liar,
    so why not go along with other hateful, unfounded, desperate comments like her "leader" just made.
    Frankly, I'm tired of the audacity some of you show, thinking you know what the rest of us believe.
    Why don't you worry about caring for these children after they are born, instead of stripping them of any and
    all opportunities to have a good life. Health care, education, and food. All things Republicans want to destroy.

    April 4, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. rla

    How about the democratic war on babies??? How about we all agree to a massive birth control program and not get life started in the first place– end of argument

    April 4, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Cathy

    An old saying is"If men got pregnant, abortion would be not only be legal, it would be mandatory." Shut your mouth Priebus,you look even more foolish.

    April 4, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Patrick in Wisconsin

    This message goes out to donna, just saying, just askin, and all you other "pro-life" Replulicans. Abortion is the ONLY issue in which you take the side of life. You don't show the same concern for the thousand of civilians killed during both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. You don't show the same concern for the thousands of people killed each year by gun violence. You don't show the same concern for the tens of millions of Americans who lack adequate housing, food, or income. You don't show the same concern for the tens os millions of Americans who cannot afford our ridiculously expensive health insurance in America. You don't show the same concern for gays, lesbians, minorities, and immigrants who you have relentlessly discriminated against over the years. You say we're the hypocrites? Look in the freakin mirror. You are pro-life in name only.

    April 4, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. rs

    Boomer in Mo

    Abortion is a terrible thing in my mind.
    Abortion is terrible- and should be avoided at all costs. Yet, it is legal (something the GOP conveniently ignores), and given the GOP actively works against anti-pregnancy programs, or anything that supports single parents, or pre-natal health, one simply must assume they don't care much for the living- just those pre-born, and just for those 9 months.

    The GOP clearly has yet to figure out the fallacy of living life as if every event can be defined as an absolute. They also need to reflect on what "pro-life" is because clearly, as a party, they are not. Such statements (as the one by Priebus) reveals their utter lack of critical thinking, humanity, or their gross hypocracy and that of their narrow-minded followers.

    April 4, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. ghostriter

    OK,so one rep in FL represents not only all of Planned Parenthood, but democrats as well. Typical conservatives. I seem to recall several tea party reps that had to resign over racist material. Can we now say that not only are all tea party folk racist, but the republican party as well?

    April 4, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. JRD

    Fishin' for stupid, once again.

    April 4, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. Jim in California

    And Republicans support homicide through in-action on Gun Control, They support bank fraud through their "Too Big to Fail" orograms. I could go on, but this is just nlatant posturing.

    April 4, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Kuron

    How come all the Conservative Christians are so concerned about women having babies and then turn around and want to cut Food Stamps and Medicaid to care for those children after they are born?

    April 4, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Jake in Montana

    Republicans still stuck in the 1950's.

    April 4, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. cedar rapids

    The next time a repub claims the dems like to 'demonize' their opponents with words like 'bigot', just point them in the direction of Reince's comments.

    April 4, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. wwf

    They wonder why they lose elections. Simple. "Can't fix stupid".

    April 4, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. Jim

    Donna, just leave all the thinking to Priebus and do as you're told.

    April 4, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. tnfreethinker

    Donna....you have that completely backwards. Republicans are the one's who have no respect for our constitution. Argue all you want. That is a proven fact.

    April 4, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. James Bond

    Man, you cant buy this kinda stuff, the more they talk, the more offensive i find them, please watch, listen, learn eactly what these clowns stand for, certainly not the majority of u.s. citzens. on their way to the grave.not soon enough

    April 4, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. ERKO

    Oh good lord ... why do the Republicans always want to try and breed more republicans by not allowing abortions? It's criminal.

    April 4, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. Dave in Houston

    Pretty simple – intentionally killing unborn babies is infanticide. All the nonsense spouted by everyone else here is just that – nonsense.

    April 4, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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