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. Sniffit

    "Believe what you want, Larry. I just happen to believe that the rights afforded in the Constitution apply to those in the womb."

    So does the SCOTUS in the decision of Roe v. Wade. Since you apparently haven't read it and are entirely misinformed and don't understand that decision, which was based on a balancing of rights and interests, not a declaration that unborn fetusses have none, I suggest you go read it and form that understanding before you make silly comments that imply that people who recognize the right to choose don't believe that an unborn fetus has rights under the Constitution.

    April 4, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Scott

    Liberalism: The new form of Nazi.

    April 4, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "I just happen to believe that the rights afforded in the Constitution apply to those in the womb."

    Funny...so does the SCOTUS and they talked about it at length in the decision of Roe v. Wade, which you apparently haven't read and clearly don't understand.

    April 4, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. some guy in New Hampshire

    Why does every discussion and comment in politics have to instantly degenerate to a level of hysteria? Democrats murder babies. Paul Ryan starves old folks. W Bush is HItler. Obama is the antichrist. Let's get our heads on straight, people.

    April 4, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. James PDX

    The GOP conservatives support a god who once murdered every child on the planet and every pregant woman on the planet by drowning them, thus aborting every unborn baby on the planet. Yet they think they have the higher ground? Blasphemy!

    April 4, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Believe what you want, Larry. I just happen to believe that the rights afforded in the Constitution apply to those in the womb."

    Interesting. So you mean to imply that people who support the right to choose believe that an unborn fetus has no rights whatsoever? Funny how Roe v. Wade specifically acknowledged that it does and then went on to balance those rights and interests against the rights and interests of the mother AND of the rest of society. You apparently haven't read it and clearly don't understand it though, so we'll just shake our heads in mock pity at your under-informed commentary.

    April 4, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Demigod Vadik, CA

    Democrats keep telling Repubs, c'mon guys, move on with us, why do you keep rehashing these issues you are already clobbered on by us...

    ....but noooo, Repubs must, like wile e coyote, keep running off that same cliff over and over and over and over again...

    ...its getting sad to watch at this point...

    April 4, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. rs

    You know Priebus, one could say the GOP is the party that wants first-graders to be used as targets by the crazy people whose gun rights THEY SUPPORT.

    See how easy this game is?

    April 4, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. Chris

    Hard to believe the GOP is more interested in a person's sex life and the intensely private issue of abortion when there are so MANY other issues that SHOULD be of primary concern. How can the GOP be so interested in what happens behind closed doors and in the womb when their primary issues should be the economy, jobs and job creation, bringing back outsourced jobs, taxes, health care, to name a few. No wonder the GOP keeps losing members AND elections! They are no longer relevant to our world yet continue to believe they actually matter.

    April 4, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. Aztec Phil

    Just when you thought the GOP couldn't get any more insane.

    April 4, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. allenwoll

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    Thanks for your help toward the rapidly approaching GoP demise !
    .

    April 4, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. The Other Bob

    Donna

    O'drama ya Mama
    babies dont have rights. children dont have rights. as a matter of fact you dont really have rights until your 18. If a child had rights they wouldnt need permission slips from their parents. Up until your 18 every decision of your life is made by your parents. why should this be any different?
    -–

    Can you point to that age qualifier in the US Constitution? Lefties love to misinterpret the Constitution to create rights where none exist while at the same time denying the most basic of human rights to our most defensless citizens.
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    This may come as a shock to you, Donna, but not all laws are contained within the Constituion. I know, right?

    April 4, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. Walter Adams

    Definitely the stupid party still! Shrink the government down so it's small enough to fit in people's bedrooms and women's wombs. As long as the GOP keeps trying to manufacture non-issue issues it can avoid having to deal with jobs, guns, and immigrants.

    April 4, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Billster

    Who the heck is Prince Riebus?

    April 4, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. goblackhawks

    Zandigra .. is completely correct .. all you good open minded DEMS look into Margaret Sanger was .. she believed in Eugenics .. she also started Planned Parenthood ... and this is the organization that you folks defend. Very sad. As far as the Iraq argument ... we got rid of a "man" who killed and raped his own people .. Good for us .. I remember when DEMS used to defend the poor .. what about the poor in Iraq ..

    April 4, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Fair is Fair - So your testimony to the political grand jury is that the RNC chaiman uses his stones when talking, and not his brains?

    Wow. I do see your point.

    Most of us would agree that there is VERY little sign, indeed, that the [R] party has used anything resembling 'brains' for well over a decade now. You doubt this?....then just ask yourself why somebody like yourself thinks this version of the [R] party is so attractive?!!!

    April 4, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    I have yet to hear Mr. Priebus express to the anti-abortion crowd of men the need to keep it zipped, or if that fails (or seems unreasonable to his constituency) to simply use one of those umbrella things. Last I heard, it still takes one man and one woman to conceive. Pointing the finger at others after the deed is done is just so, well ... so very Republican, don't you think?

    April 4, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. SPA Knight

    David,
    The Constitution guarantees a protect of life. Given the choice between having life and a quality of life is a stupid notion. The quality of life is a subjective issue and should not be determined by a government official. I wonder if a child in Haiti would prefer a bowl of rice or a bowl of quality rice in order to survive another day without hunger.

    April 4, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. rs

    Donna

    The answer to this issue is simple. Abortions should be allowed ONLY up until the time the baby can survive outside of the womb using currently available medical technology. Babies should be allowed the same life saving technology as the elderly, all available means.
    _________________________
    Unfortunately- that is not where your party is at, and second- give up while you're ahead. The GOP isn't pro-life, abortion isn't just "birth control" and life isn't just defending zygotes.

    April 4, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. simp

    Really? didnt these idiots learn form 2012 election? Why are they still trying to tell women what to do with their bodies? well I could care less, the more they talk the better 2016 looks for the democrats>

    April 4, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. Marcus Takatoa

    The Planned Parenthood lady said that even after being born, the human wouldn't automatically have the rights of being a human. Pretty straigtforward.

    April 4, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "I just happen to believe that the rights afforded in the Constitution apply to those in the womb."

    So do we. Read Roe v. Wade. You apaprently haven't and even if you did you clearly don't understand it. SCOTUS quite extensively discussed and recognized the rights and interests of the unborn and then balanced them against the rights and interests of the mother AND of the rest of society. Being pro-choice does NOT mean beleiving that a fetus has no rights. Thanks for playing though.

    April 4, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. Guest

    It will never be said that the democratic party stands for personal responsibility, accountability, principle, or faith.

    April 4, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. Anthony in California

    So let me get this straight...

    Republicans want to cut funding to Planed Parenthood
    Republicans are against abortions.
    Republicans are against any food stamps for children in need
    So Republicans are Pro-Life until you are born. then you are on your own after that??

    Republicans want to cut funding for Dept of Education
    Republicans want armed guards and teachers trained and packing firearms.
    So Republicans are Pro-Life but want to protect it by arming society to the teeth???

    Republicans want less government but want to tell women what to do with their bodies and who Gays can marry?
    Republicans are ProLife but go to war for Oil.

    Republicans want to protect Marriage but dont have a problem Divorce?

    H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-S-Y

    April 4, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. cali girl

    Another looper from the party of Old White Men.
    News flash to the Get Out of my Panties party, your words just alienate you from the rest of the world.
    Another point, why don't you fools get off the Planned Parenthood train and leave it alone. Or maybe we should pass a referendum that says men are required to get vasectomy's.

    April 4, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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