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Mitt Romney Would Abort Planned Parenthood, Candidate Casually Says in Interview

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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?

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23 Responses to “Mitt Romney Would Abort Planned Parenthood, Candidate Casually Says in Interview”

  1. Nina Graves

    Like all politiciions the man needs to live off minimum wage! I think it should be a requirement of anyone that wants to hold an office!

  2. Audrey Bland

    OMG! This man obviously needs a reality check! I am so appauled with what I just read that I am at a loss for words….. The only thing that comes to mind is what an ASS he is!

  3. Teresa Nuar

    PP is so two-faced! they say romney "can't be trusted when it comes to women's health" — but there are plenty of statistics out there that directly link contraceptives (given out freely by PP) to breast cancer! wake up and smell the coffee people!

  4. Christy Goris

    I agree with you 100%!!! I've said for years that every single politician needs to live on what they say the rest of us can live on for a few months, they'd lose everything.

  5. Joi Trisie Tsadi-Gee

    Where are the "statistics" ur referring to? Don't just throw out ideas w/o any substance. It makes u seem just like the politicians we're discussing.

  6. Nina Graves

    Christy Goris In the last several years if our kids hadn't paid our bills that we couldn't, we would be homeless. We have all taken major pay cuts and loss's. When will politician's do the same ! NEVER

  7. Kathy Eikmeier

    Cut funding to Arts, Humanities, and Planned Parenthood? One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just doesn't belong!

  8. Nina Graves

    PP also does breast exams ! Get real, the present Health Care system stinks, so lets get rid of it and replace it with nothing. After all what do a few poor (ignorant) women matter !

  9. Deborah Lydy

    Mitt Romney's narrow view of the American people is so scarry. He seems to think everyone makes 200,00 $ a year when in fact people are hurting for just the basic daily needs. We still have millions living in the streets, and more headed there.

  10. Teresa Nuar

    Joi Trisie Tsadi-Gee "In 2005, the International Agency for Research in Cancer
    classified estrogen-progestogen OCs [oral contraceptives] as a group 1 carcinogen,
    the highest rating, indicating that there is sufficient
    evidence that these agents are carcinogenic to humans."26,27
    (retrieved from: Casey, P. M., Cerhan, J. R., & Pruthi, S. (2008). Oral Contraceptive Use and the Risk of Breast Cancer. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 83(1), 86-91.)

    *26. International Agency for Research on Cancer. IARC Monographs on the
    Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans. Vol 91: Combined Estrogen-
    Progestogen Contraceptives and Combined Estrogen-Progestogen Menopausal
    Therapy. Lyon, France. In press.
    *27. Cogliano V, Grosse Y, Baan R, et al. Carcinogenicity of combined
    oestrogen-progestagen contraceptives and menopausal treatment. Lancet
    Oncol. 2005;6(8):552-553.

  11. Judy Brown

    Mitt Romney is even more out of touch than George Bush senior was when he acknowledged that he didn't understand how prices were scanned at the grocery store. Anyone who is worth over $250 million should not be allowed to run for public office. How could he possibly understand what it is like living with a yearly income under $20 thousand, which is the position many Americans are in – especially seniors living on Social Security?

  12. Anthony Giryt LaMarca

    Actually Nina, no pp facility actually provides and performs the breast exam. They only refer you to an office that will.

  13. Dez Crawford

    It boggles the mind. Cutting Planned Parenthood, which so many people (including myself) rely upon, or have relied upon in the past, for routine annual pelvic/breast exams, birth control, prenatal care, and so forth — let's leave abortion out of this debate just for once, that's a SMALL part of PP's services. Millions of uninsured women count on PP literally as their primary care physician. And he throws Amtrak in the trashcan, too — yes, DECREASE public transit — what a great way to save fuel and bring down gas prices. What an assclown this man is.

  14. Teresa Nuar

    Kathie Wilson I gave you a reference to the statistics.

  15. Janet Hart

    OMG he is a scary candidate. When so many people are down and out he is making comments to get rid of PP and saying he does not care about the poor because they have a safety net. There is no way he will win the office of President. Thank God for that! The majority of people that are voting are trying to pay the bills and put food on the table. That goes to show how much the republicans unning for office don't give a crap about the hard working and poor people of the United States.

  16. Genevieve Antoinette

    1st,A woman is 100 times more likely 2 get cancer in her 60's than her 20's.Although,in 2005,the WHO organization determined scientific evidence compelling enough to designate combined estrogen- progestogen oral contraceptives as "carcinogenic to humans",they also decrease cancer risk in other sites & as WHO states,"their health benefits typically outweigh the risks".Futhermore,the cancers diagnosed in women who had ever used hormonal contraceptives were less advanced than those in non-users,raising the possibility that the small excess among users was due 2 increased run a slightly higher risk taking hormone-replacement therapy 4 menopause.

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