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. ProfGirl


    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.

    That's basically the point I was trying to make, but you said it better 🙂

    April 4, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. Donna

    James Bond
    Donna, have you ever heard of this very, very rare event happening. typical gop, try to raise concerns about something thats not happened,

    Just how do you know it is "very, very rare"? All of these abortions are done behind closed doors and now these dirty secrets are starting to make their way out into the public domain. Having it happen once is not acceptable. It is called murder or at least negligent homocide.

    April 4, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Boo

    Reince Priebus is another hypocrite. Ban abortion but let's all have another war. And these morons still wonder why they are losing elections.

    April 4, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. stick it

    Fathers of all bckgrounds from all partys thanx to legal sys. Are distant 2nd class citizens im all for "equall" rights fathers need to stand up and rally becouse no one not libs or rep will

    April 4, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. tnfreethinker

    Donna said...."Lefties love to misinterpret the Consti tution to create rights where none exist while at the same time denying the most basic of human rights to our most defensless citizens."

    It's righties who misinterpret the Constitution, and that is fact you cannot successfully argue against. The evidence is the fact that lefties win every SCOTUS case. DOMA will be no different, as it is clearly unconsti tuional.

    April 4, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. OrangePekoe

    What a crock. Republicans like this guy akways pick and choose what rights they support and which big government is ok such as the big government that snoops into your reproductive life. The truth is, deciding that a fetus is a human at conception is a RELIGIOUS belief and while that's your business, it isn't mine. Our government is supposed to be neutral on religious subjects so it has no business dictating when it comes to pregnancy and religious beliefs beyond the neutral medical safety guidelines for abortion. And considering that so many kids are killed and injured by gun violence every year it's appalling these people can turn a blind eye and yammer about the 2nd ammendment with a straight face.

    April 4, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. vargvast

    Republican sure are spending a lot of time and effort on everything but the economy and jobs.

    April 4, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. goblackhawks

    Yes this is true ... what is the story ? Pres Obama voted as a SEN. that is OK to kill a baby that survived a botched abortion ... So what is wrong with what he said. If REP are against Gay marriage and are homophobic .. than DEMS don't mind killing babies ....

    April 4, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Gonzoinhouston

    For the pro-lifers, the real issue isn't abortion at all, it's sex. Specifically, it's other people's kids having pre-marital sex. They oppose abortion and everything related to sex except abstinence. They also oppose anything that could benefit a pregnant unwed woman or a single mother except marriage. If you are pregnant and unwed your troubles are to serve as an example and warning to others. This is the only explanation that fits the pattern of their actions.

    April 4, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. James Bond

    Well donna, verdict is in, and,...... your wrong again....... boooooo....... why no outrage about iraq? heres your chance to shine, and.....crickets......

    April 4, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Ferret out the BS

    Couldn't the same question be asked of what would've happened before Roe V Wade. If you weren't shunted off somewhere to have a baby and get it adopted out then you went to a "back room" abortortionist. The outcome could very well be the death of the mother as well as the baby. The law was created for a reason and affirmed by the supreme court. Not everyone wants to be a part of a religeous dictatorship so if there is choice then you, the mother, can choose to have a baby or not.

    April 4, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. Calcommuter

    Ah yes, there's the Republican party we have come to know! Forget the budget, tax breaks for wealthy and corporations! Let's continue to go after women's rights! That's the new direction of the RNC? That's like when the creationists renamed their scope to "intelligent design". Different name, same old rhetoric. Looks like a lot of your candidates will be packing up for home this next election Mr Priebus.

    April 4, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. John Jacobson

    It appears as if the republicans are now becoming extremely desparate. As near as I can tell abortion is still legal, although they are doing their best to stop it and send it back to the alleys

    April 4, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |

    THAT'S IT. This party is just off the grid. I cannot support any Republican since the ONLY THING they can think about is a woman's womb, and her right to access to medical care.
    I'm not ready to jump to the Democrat ticket, so I'll be declaring myself an Independent from here forward.

    April 4, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. John

    They don't learn obviously. Maybe Planned Parenthood should sue the RNC and its members for slander and libel. Since rational arguments and losing many elections doesn't seem to have worked, hit them in their wallet.

    Oh and the irony is that some of the nations with the highest rates of infanticide such as China and India get lots of GOP support at the request of their paymasters in Big Business. Talking out both side of ones mouth and while ignoring the principles one espouses to hold dear – the Republican way.

    April 4, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. BG 23

    Republicans just don't get it.

    April 4, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. Core republican Values

    This Democrat has absolutely no problem with the Chairman of the RNC offending friends and alienating people.

    He's just another in a long line of freaks working hard to marginalize his extreme, offensive beliefs.

    April 4, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. goblackhawks

    if REP are bigots because they are against Gay Marriage ... then DEMS are baby killers ... Obama as a SEN voted that it is ok to kill a baby that survives a botched abortion .. so what is wrong with what he said ?

    April 4, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Julie

    I wish Planned Parenthood would go away – anyone who gives an organization who would support killing a child after a botched abortion is sicko

    April 4, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. James Bond

    Dave, your the one that got away, ha. dems were lied to about weapons of mass destuction, remember, most repubs were too

    April 4, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Martin

    If an unborn fetus is going to be classified as a "person", then Republicans had better be prepared to make sure that any pregnant woman gets her child tax credit backdated to the date of conception.

    April 4, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. Dennis Hyman

    If democrats support infanticide through Planned Parenthood, then the GOP supports mass murders through the NRA.

    April 4, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. JimG.

    I don't believe that "Pro-Lifers" are pro-life or "Anti-Abortionists" are anti-abortion. They are only interested in having an issue to push down peoples's throats. Their only concern is making abortion illegal, and not whether abortions are performed at all. Abortions were performed before Roe vs. Wade, and they would be performed if the case is overturned. Only until "Pro-Lifers" are concerned with the lives of the Mother, the Father, and the Born Child as well as the Unborn Child will I consider them to be truly Pro-Life.

    April 4, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    Larry L

    @Fair is Fair

    It's about time someone had the stones to say it.
    It's amusing to see the power brokers continue to manipulate social radicals with hot-button issues. Most of you have absolutely nothing in common with that top 1% but they must have your votes to retain power. You dance like a monkey on a chain over issues they care nothing about and cost them absolutely nothing. Gays, guns and god. The billionaire's tools to hold their GOP Puppet Show.
    Believe what you want, Larry. I just happen to believe that the rights afforded in the Constitution apply to those in the womb. Someone has to tand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Someone has to be the voice for those who are voiceless.

    April 4, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. Arch Stanton

    Here's something interesting: infant mortality rates are highest in the states that most often elect Republicans. Look at Mississippi, Alabama, etc. They lead the nation in infant mortality... and in electing Republicans.

    You want dead babies, just keep supporting conservative policies. As a bonus, you'll also get higher poverty rates, higher crime, worse infastructure, worse education, worse health care. Really, if you want proof that conservative policies don't work, just examine the track records of the states that most consistently elect conservatives. I live in a red state and I've seen how they govern, and it's not pretty.

    April 4, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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