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. BrianOC7

    And if anything happens during a pregnancy the mother is treated like a piece of meat. Despite the fact that she is a mother, daughter, sister and a human being.

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

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

    Aaaw, how cute....you're trying to imply that people who are pro-choice don't believe an unborn fetus has rights or interests. Apparently, you've never read Roe and clearly, even if you have, you don't understand it.

    April 4, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. James PDX

    Donna, I agree with you for the most part, despite my being a liberal. But your idea about using abortion as a form of birth control doesn't quite make sense. Do you really think that people take no precautions thinking they can just go in and pay for a surgery every time they get pregnant? While there are always a few extreme cases in every situation, this just isn't practical and likely happens very seldom even with irresponsible teenagers. Or are you saying that if someone used other forms of birth control and they failed, then tough luck? I do agree that an abortion should only happen before the fetus is viable outside of the womb, except in extreme cases like the mother's health, as that is plenty of time to make up your mind. Waiting until the 2nd trimester is just irresponsible.

    April 4, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. jag

    No one would joyfully want to have or would want to provide an abortion. It's as if anyone who supports Plan (operative word) Parenthood or a person's (woman's) right to chose and to important healthcare concerns, from the perspective of these extremist, are Satanic and are sacrificing children in a ritual (safe environment). I heard someone say the other day that outlawing abortions will not prevent them, but "will" prevent how safely they are "medically" performed.

    The GOP just do not seem to want to evolve. Not just politically, but also from the stone age.

    April 4, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC


    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.

    Abortion as a means of birth control MUST BE BANNED. There are PLENTY of highly effective and readily available birth prevention drugs and devices. Abortion should NOT be considered one of them. If you support abortion on demand then you ARE supporting INFANTICIDE. Yes, that is the truth you lefties refuse to accept. Stop the baby killing, stop the murder of our most innocent citizens.
    You'll change your tune about abortion should not be used for birth control just as soon as someone raises their hand and admits to carrying the seed of Satan.

    April 4, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Next up: damage control in the form of efforts to suppress women's votes.

    April 4, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. ellid

    Just when you thought the Republicans could not go any lower....

    April 4, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. ok...

    So much nonsense from this guy. Pro-life and pro-death penalty.

    I look forward to the next rendition of the GOP. THis one still doesnt' work.

    April 4, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Wake up People!

    Can someone please explain to me what exactly is the GOP stance? They don't support birth control, they don't support a womans right to choose, they scream and holler about the welfare queens being the cause of the deficit. So how do they expect these unwanted children to survive?? I'm confused. And anyone that thinks abstaining works is sadly mistaken. It didn't work years ago and it's not working now. Actually kids are having sex by age 12 nowadays. Teen pregnancy is now glorified with shows like 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom. Also while I have never had an abortion, I know women that have and every single one of them paid cash. The state nor Planned Parenthood gave them a dime.

    April 4, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Wes

    Republicans are pro-life, but don't guarantee health care. So what? Even if the RNC Chair's statement were true, the GOP is just as ugly...maybe even worse. At least the dems give people the option to prevent a life that's not wanted, whereas the GOP force people to give birth and them leave them helpless if they can't even take care of this child. Idiots.

    April 4, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. t.marino

    Wow...and the hatred for women continues on. Good luck to your party in 2014 because you are going to need more than luck.

    April 4, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. nothing new here

    Okay, then why doesn't the Republican party stand for birth control?
    Why doesn't the Republican party promote adoptions, esp. within their own party?
    And why does the Republican party want to end so many programs that will help the poor and disadvantaged?

    Answer those questions, then we can talk.

    April 4, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. SPA Knight

    Is it better to sink with integrity and sense of human dignity or to remain on the liberal lifeboat floating about on a cesspool of immorality.

    April 4, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. maine liberal

    the republicans support the death penalty = late term abortion in the 60th trimester

    April 4, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Rosslaw

    From the party that despises health care for children and firmly believes that if a woman cannot afford mammograms or other diagnostic treatment, she should die. Oh, and the GOP is hell-bent to live out fantasies about women that they've carried for years with sharia law requirements like invasive ultrasound. To top it off, the odds are good that Priebus, like prior RNC heads, will come out and announce that he's gay after his term is finished.

    April 4, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. goblackhawks

    John in Brooklyn - the only anti-woman party is the DEM party. the misogyny on the left for good people like Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman is sick .. you folks on the left think all woman think the same .. I hope woman care more about jobs and taxes than they care about getting the pill

    April 4, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Who the heck is Prince Riebus?"

    Another white person suffering from congenital bigotry and giving the rest of us white people a bad name.

    April 4, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. Brian

    What a piece of garbage the new chairman is. The clump of unthinking, unbreathing and incapable of feeling cells has more rights than the actual human being involved. It's hilarious how conservatives get so up in arms to protect a fetus but would never lift a finger or open their wallets to help actual living and breathing human beings who need it.

    April 4, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. nothing new here

    WE are still waiting for the GOP to support gay civil rights, the party still can't get that right.
    Yes, keep pandering to the social conservatives – it was good while it lasted, Republicans.
    Now - step aside.

    April 4, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. Fat Larry

    10,000,000 unborn babies murdered during the past ten years. 10,000 American soldiers killed in the past ten years of war, food stamps, poverty caused by Republicans. Good comparison Dems.

    April 4, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. Mammo

    Can the Republican Party get any lower???????????? This is a civilized nation for Gods sake.....

    April 4, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. skarphace

    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."

    Then you do not support the Tea Party agenda of which Preibus is the spokesman. They want to make abortions illegal in every single case, including pregnancies resulting from rape, incest, and when the mother's life or long-term health is in jeapordy. Don't believe me? Read up on the "Personhood Amendment" which the Republican House has tried many, many times (many times more than budget legislation) to pass.

    Your view is much more moderate than that of the Tea Party, and is quite similar to mine in fact, and I consider myself a moderate Democrat, although I am maybe more in line with independents.

    April 4, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. NickAnast

    Yeah, sure, let's just ignore the fact that Planned Parenthood also offers prenatal care for pregnant women who want to have their babies. And the GOP wonders why it keeps losing elections.

    April 4, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. Wes

    Even if the GOP were right, the GOP are worse. They want to act all self-righteous, yet can't afford to support providing guaranteed health care for these kids that were forced to join the world.

    Doesn't the GOP get it? They are a party full of hypocrisy. The Bible & Guns? Pro-life & Anti-healthcare? Pro-life & Pro-Death Penalty. The party is doomed. Goodbye.

    April 4, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. Bruce

    Same old, same old nonsense from the party that doesn't realize why it lost the last election!

    April 4, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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