It seems sometimes that Mitt Romney is a romantic comedy villain, so casually callous and out of touch he is with average Americans, destined to end up dissed by his love interest America with spaghetti all over his Porsche.
One of Romney’s biggest flaws seems to be that he doesn’t seem to recognize what a plastic caricature he can be sometimes, and recent comments he made about Planned Parenthood again seem to underscore his inability to understand how certain basic issues affect the lives of Americans who were not born with silver spoons in their mouths. Romney has in the past stated a commitment to “preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose,” but as his positions change with his political ambitions, so too has that focus.
Romney recently mentioned cutting Planned Parenthood off from funds during an interview, throwing the organization (which provides essential gynecological services to a sadly decreasing number of low-income women across America, many of whom do not have access to other forms of reproductive care) in with a group of other things he expenditures he deems to not be essential. Romney said:
“The test is pretty simple. Is the program so critical, it’s worth borrowing money from China to pay for it? And on that basis of course you get rid of Obamacare, that’s the easy one. Planned Parenthood, we’re going to get rid of that. The subsidy for Amtrak, I’d eliminate that. The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities.”
And cancel Christmas! Romney did not propose any measures to fill the massive gaps in care defunding Planned Parenthood would create, but the organization addressed Romney’s remarks after the interview was posted, and Dawn Laguens, Vice President for Planned Parenthood Action Fund said in a written statement:
“When Mitt Romney says he wants to ‘get rid’ of Planned Parenthood, he means getting rid of the preventive health care that three million people a year rely on for cancer screenings, birth control, and other preventive care. Mitt Romney simply can’t be trusted when it comes to women’s health.”
Do you think Mitt Romney’s proposal to cut Planned Parenthood off is irresponsible?