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.

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

    Right GOP....you are all about the fetus and its rights, but once it's a viable living breathing human being born to parents or a single mother who is not equipped financially or emotionally to care for it, you want nothing to do with it! Hypocritical much? Mind your own business and get off the social agenda. We thought it was "all about the economy, stupid!"

    April 4, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota


    P.S. And these kooky Republicans also don't support birth control either!

    Their folly is spectacular to behold, isn't it?

    April 4, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. sally

    Same old GOP! Always shouting as if they give a flip for children. They could care less whether they starve once they're born.

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

    “Media Covers up Democrat-Backed Planned Parenthood’s Support for Infanticide"
    I have officially heard it all! I know the GOP is crazy but come on guys. This reminds of me of the movie the campaign trying anything to make the other guys look bad.

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

    "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."

    More like as soon as her 15 year old daughter comes home carrying the seed of a minority schoolmate.

    April 4, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Dustin

    So why is planned parenthood doing mammograms?

    April 4, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Milagros

    The 'womans body' excuse for what amounts to convenience killing is pathetic. Ignoring the rights of the soon to be born victim and father these 'women' and healthcare accomplices slaughter an incredible 100,000 innocents per month. Only the most cold and heartless among us could think this through and believe this sub-human behavior is somehow justified.

    April 4, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    The next time the RNC wants to conduct a multi-million dollar study to figure out what went wrong, they could pay me all of those millions. I'd go straight to the dollar store, buy a hand mirror, and give it to them. "Check, please."

    April 4, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. D Johnson

    More abject stupidity from the GOP.

    April 4, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. PassingThrough

    @ goblackhawks


    Actually, you are parroting the lies told by Sanger's opponents who were quite happy to keep the poor breeding in order to provide cheap labor. Sanger's position was that women could and should be taught proper birth control in order to NOT squeeze out babies every 9.5 months, each child progressively weaker and more "challenged" than the last–if it survived. (If you think that doesn't happen, just look at the last few kids in the Duggar family). She also was more focused on the health of the mother over a fetus–as it should be.

    PP's abortion services are less than 3% of what is provided in their offices. They also provide family planning (BC, etc.) in order to PLAN for healthy and WANTED pregnancies, STD testing/treatment (male and female), cancer screenings, etc. You know? All those things that the Republicans want to get rid of because it would result in a smarter/healthier population.

    Immorality? Yeah... If you were a rich, white Republican wife in the "good old days", you could get a discreet D&C for "female problems" without a murmur. If you were poor, you had to take your chances with the butcher in the back room. The immorality comes from the hypocrisy of those who think it was and is only acceptable for them.

    April 4, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. jimmy

    infanticide was already accomplished by the republicans bombing iraq and the democrats dropping napalm on vietnam

    April 4, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Lenny Pincus

    Ahh, the Republican sense of integrity and human dignity. More like epic self-delusion. Should we rely on the brains of people who think climate change is a hoax, that the world is controlled by an unseen demonic organization, and that Obama is the anti-Christ? All of that is ignorance of the first order, and Priebus is the head cheerleader.

    April 4, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. Mike

    If the GOP had any sense, they would have shown this 1diot the door a long time ago . .

    April 4, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Dave

    Spreading lies and disinformation. When will they realize that this is what costs them elections.

    April 4, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. CA Liberal

    Republicans are "pro-life" only until you are born, then forget about it. Death penalty is great. No health care or education is fine. No job? No safety net for you, just starve. Not my problem. Nobody has a right to life after they are born, just before they are born.

    April 4, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Susan StoHelit

    Abortions already aren't allowed at any point when the fetus could survive – unless it's a case where medically, the baby would not have survived for any significant time as is.

    And only people who are remarkably ignorant think there's no choice when a non-viable premature fetus (pre 22 weeks) comes out breathing – skin so thin it tears at the drop of a hat, no chance for survival, it's cruelty to impose torturous medical interventions when there is no chance. There is a choice, and if the parents don't wish the baby tortured for no reason, it should not be done.

    April 4, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. lucianne

    It never ceases to amaze me that the GOP appears to be terrified of women, sex, and anyone with a different skin color and then whines on about Christianity. Jesus said very little about what's under a woman's panties anad a lot about the poor and little children. Also I think i remember something about false witness somewhere in the Bible. And the eye of some needle or other. Does anyone besides me wonder what these looney-tunes are reading? The party of stupid. And dishonnest. And stingy. And mean. Freud would have a field day investigating their potty training.

    April 4, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Susan StoHelit

    Planned Parenthood is a great organization – they do everything to help women have a healthy life. Mammograms, pap smears, gynecological exams – only someone who only listens to propaganda thinks they're only about abortion.

    April 4, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Pedro Lopez

    Does "Right to Life" imply right to food, shelter, clothing, and medical care? No? GOP hypocrites.

    April 4, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Erasrhedd

    That's how to expand your appeal to the masses and less fortunate.

    April 4, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. Jack21

    Lol I am a conservative,but this is just too much from the gop lol

    April 4, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Wake up People!

    Also who decides when a fetus can live outside the womb?? A few years ago my daughter was pregnant. She suffered from Pre eclampsia. She was sick from sun up til sundown for the first 6 months. In the first 3 months she lost 35 lbs. Her BP kept escalating, and she was back and forth, in and out the hospital. At 6 months her doctor decided to deliver the baby. We had a beautiful baby girl born at 6 months and weighing 14.6 ozs. That is less than 1#. She was a feisty little thing and we hoped and prayed for the best. She lived 6 1/2 weeks and then passed away. Our family was devastated. Now if this 6 month baby couldn't survive outside the womb what makes you think a 6 week fetus can???

    April 4, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Vince

    I love when people don't learn lessons. Keep it up RNC...it's working out so well for you during elections!

    April 4, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. t.marino

    The republicans hatred for women and women's rights continues to dominate their platform. I guess the party of stupid cannot help themselves and is quickly becoming the party of hate.

    April 4, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. Fair is Fair


    "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."

    More like as soon as her 15 year old daughter comes home carrying the seed of a minority schoolmate.
    If my 15-year-old came home with the seed of ANY schoolmate, the first order of business would not be an abortion... it would be a visit to the authorities for a statutory charge... capeesh?

    April 4, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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