June 3rd, 2010
06:54 PM ET
13 years ago

Calif. GOP candidates targeted by Planned Parenthood

(CNN) – A Los Angeles chapter of Planned Parenthood is taking on the Republican candidates for governor, accusing them of misleading voters on their views on abortion rights in the final days of the campaign.

In a radio ad airing in the Los Angeles market, the group tells voters, who support abortion rights, to "Say no to Meg Whitman and no to Steve Poizner." The $100,000 buy from the Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, says neither candidate agreed to meet with the statewide group or support their mission.

"Both candidates claim they support choice and both have attacked each other for that same support," said Kathy Kneer, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood affiliates of California.

She said the group launched the ad because "the public trusts Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California to provide open, honest and accurate information, and we're doing just that - by setting the record straight on who's the real pro-choice candidate in this election."

California has a history of electing candidates who support abortion rights for statewide office and both Whitman and Poizner say they support this position.

Both candidates have moved to the right on the issue as they've campaigned for the votes of the state's more conservative Republican primary voters. In recent weeks and trailing in the polls, Poizner has made abortion a bigger issue in the race - trying to position himself to the right of Whitman by highlighting support for parental notification and banning all government funding for abortions. Whitman opposes federal funding for abortions, but has not expressed a desire to challenge California's policy of allowing some state funding to be used for abortion related services.

The Poizner campaign seems to welcome Planned Parenthood's critique.

"Steve Poizner disagrees with Planned Parenthood on many issues and therefore its no surprise the group would be attacking him in this campaign," said Poizner spokesman Jarrod Agen. The Whitman campaign declined comment.

Between them, the two Republican candidates have spent more than $100 million on the primary – much of it going to an unprecedented avalanche of ads. The Planned Parenthood ad takes a dig at the amount of money they've spent, suggesting they've used it to mislead the public

"We believe that everyone deserves to be healthy – not just people with money. Because every Californian deserves accurate, honest information."

Filed under: Abortion • California • GOP • Meg Whitman • Steve Poizner
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. grrace

    Just vote for Brown. Then, there is no question that CHOICE is protected.

    June 3, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. Flipper

    "the public trusts Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California to provide open, honest and accurate information, and we're doing just that...."

    ....as well as assisting in the murder of over 1 million babies a year and then using laughable jargon, such as "protecting a woman's right," to make us feel better about committing these atrocious acts.

    June 3, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. Pam

    It is obscene how much money these two have spent for this election. I hope in the end the people of CA have the good sense to elect a Democrat this time. CA is in sad shape and Arny made is much worse in the past 8 years.

    June 3, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  4. MatthewDetroit

    Because in California it is important to support illegal aliens and to kill babies.

    Great way of thinking California.

    You have an economic crisis in California because of runaway spending which is caused in a big part by illegal aliens.

    But whats more important to Californians is killing babies.
    They love to protect animals and injured doggies but for some reason love killing babies just as much. Nice priorities.

    June 3, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  5. Old Farmboy

    I'm still trying to figure this one out. I'm talking about the view of the politician and the view of the people. For a politician, the correct answer is what the majority belives is correct. Remember, the elected official is a spokesperson for the people, right? From my point of view, when you ask about a subject like "Roe vs. Wade" you try to stir kindling ashes into a major flame. If you want an honest opinion, then have a vote cast in your state. See what the results of that are and then have your politicians follow the majority of the people. One thing that I've learned in life is that sometimes the loudest voice comes from the smallest side. When you vote on something, don't do it because that what others are doing, do it because you believe in what you voted for.

    June 3, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Stop the hate from the neo-nutzi's and keep the Republicans out of CA. It's bad enough to watch them accuse each other of being RINO's and dressing up in demon sheep outfits...yet alone the thought of them destroying our rights.

    June 3, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  7. southern cousin

    More Obamamaniacs wanting to make certain that the chaos, corruption and the ineptitude that liberals bring to the world continues. What a bunch jerks.

    June 3, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. Patty Patriot

    Planned parenthood is nothing more than a criminal organization to murder babies.

    June 3, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  9. misleading voters on their views

    really the only way a GOPer would get elected in California is to mis-represent themselves

    June 3, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  10. LacrosseMom (the real one)

    Good! The majority of Americans, 78%, wanted DADT abolished. So, I seriously doubt that the majority wants the GOP-theocrats back in power telling us, what freedoms will be taken away because they say so!

    June 3, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |