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Limbaugh: Planned Parenthood and NARAL Are “Death Squads”

Robin Marty

Remember that time NARAL lined people up against a wall and shot them? Yeah, me neither.

Facts have never really been Ruh Limbaugh’s forte, but false comparisons, on the other hand, are his bread and butter. The latest? He’s said that if presidential contender Mitt Romney’s initial investors in Bain Capital may have had ties to Latin American “death squads”, well, is that really any different from Democrats getting money from pro-choice groups like Planned Parenthood Federation of America or NARAL Pro-Choice America?

Listen to the whole convoluted explaination below.

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Bachmann: Planned Parenthood “Committing Crimes and Enabling Young, Minor Girls”

Robin Marty

If Bachmann is at a conference for the religious right, you just have to expect some crazy, unfounded soundbites.

Who was the Belle of Ralph Reed’s “Faith and Freedom” conference this weekend?  Why, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who was in her element as she preached for a nation run under biblical law and toyed with a possible presidential run.

And, while she was at it, she threw in calling Planned Parenthood a “criminal enterprise” for good measure.

Via USA Today:

Bachmann, a Minnesota congresswoman, accused the group of corruption and of “committing crimes and enabling young, minor girls.”

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“This organization has by their own records performed 324,008 abortions in 2008 and 2009 and that’s in addition to the trafficking of under-age girls that has gone on under Planned Parenthood’s nose,” she said. “Do you think we could start here by defunding this organization?”

Watch the speech below.  She doesn’t want to “talk about it, it’s so disgusting.”  Then she talks about it a lot. 

(VIDEO) Cecile Richards on Today’s House Vote Defunding Planned Parenthood: “We Need You Today, Tomorrow and the Next Day..”

Jodi Jacobson

Today, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the Pence Amendment, eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood. Cecile Richards, President of PPFA, puts out a call for action.

Today, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the Pence Amendment, eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood.

Since the first day they took office in January, the GOP and Tea Party majority in Congress have been focused like a lazer beam on one thing: eliminating access for women and in fact all people to have affordable health care, and particularly to reproductive and sexual health care. The main target of this effort in terms of rhetoric has been Planned Parenthood Federation of America, but in truth this is a war waged on all of us, and particularly on low-income women and children, many of whom depend on publicly funded clinics for primary preventive care.

The vote in favor of the Pence Amendment was 240-185 with at least 10 Democrats voting for the amendment, and seven Republicans voting against it. The final roll call vote was not available at the time of this writing, but among the Democrats who voted to defund PPFA were Congressmen Dan Boren (OK), Joe Donnelly (Indiana), Jerry Costello (Illinois), Dan Lipinski (Illinois), Mike McIntyre (North Carolina), Collin Peterson (Minnesota), Nick Rahall (West Virginia), Silvestre Reyes (Texas), Mike Ross (Arkansas), and Heath Shuler (North Carolina). See anything in common? Yep. They’re all men.  And many of them also remain cosponsors on bills that seeks to further decimate your rights.

See our series by Sarah Jaffe on the #HR3 Ten, the anti-choice Democrats who are voting to take away your health care.

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Each one of these men apparently bought into and perpetuated the charade that this was a discussion about federal funding of abortion. Which it was not.  It was about eliminating federal funds that pay for cervical cancer and breast cancer screenings, for testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, and for many primary preventive care services to which, without Planned Parenthood, millions of people will not have access. 

The next step on this is the Senate and do not be complacent because there are NO guarantees that the Senate will in fact stick up for women’s health and rights.  Senator Harry Reid is anti-choice, and as I write the White House is deep in negotiations to get yet another anti-choice Democrat, Tim Kaine, to run for the Senate in Virginia.  Moreover, Obama gave it all away in health reform.

So now, we have one choice, and that is to take action. As Cecile Richards says in the video below, it is time, right now to act.