Mitt Romney Doubles Down On "Eliminating" Planned Parenthood
No matter how much he tries to talk around the issue and run from his record, there’s no avoiding the fact that Mitt Romney would restrict women’s access to health care. And in the last two days, he’s doubled down on all of it.
After attempting to duck the question of whether he would restrict access to abortion, Romney said yesterday at a rally in Ohio: “The actions I’ll take immediately are to remove funding for Planned Parenthood. It will not be part of my budget.”
Romney has made his position more than clear: protecting access to basic preventive care is not what he’s about and he must be held accountable, and must know that women are watching (and now we’re voting!). Earlier this year, when asked where he would tell the millions of women to go if he eliminated federal funding for Planned Parenthood, Romney said: “Well they can go wherever they’d like to go. This is a free society.” Seems to us, Romney’s saying women can go wherever they’d like, as long as it’s not Planned Parenthood.
What Romney fails to understand (which is unfortunately already happening in states like Texas and Tennessee) is that Planned Parenthood is the ONLY provider of affordable access to health care in many areas. “Getting rid” of Planned Parenthood would jeopardize access for many of the nearly three million patients who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers for basic health care.
And “getting rid” of that access means this: it means millions of women would not get the lifesaving breast cancer screenings, birth control, and other preventive care that Planned Parenthood health centers provide every year. We won't let that happen. Women cannot afford four years of a Romney presidency. Tell him he’s not your ticket.