Personhood Forum Takeaway: GOP Candidates Still Want to Take Away Your Health Care (and Then Some)
Much of yesterday's Personhood USA forum had more of the same ridiculousness that we expected: a bunch of dudes spewing bogus talking points and misinformation about women's health. But the event also gave us some stark reminders of just how extreme the candidates are when it comes to reproductive rights. Some highlights:
Candidates said they would veto any legislation that contained Planned Parenthood funding. Remember all of the legislation that so many GOP congressfolk have been focusing on the last few years instead of the economy? If elected to office, they'd continue to prioritize this agenda, even blocking potentially critical legislation that would move the country forward. (Not to mention defund essential health care services for millions of women.)
Candidates signaled that they would vote for a constitutional amendment banning abortion. After all, they signed the pledge saying so (even Ron Paul, despite his states' rights policy rhetoric). And there's no room for exception in cases of rape or incest to boot — so not only could they ban forms of IVF, birth control and reproductive health care, but victims of rape and incest apparently are of no concern either. Awesome.
Quote of the Night: “I will not sign any appropriations bill that includes funding for Planned Parenthood or any group that feels the way they do.” — Rick Santorum. Sounds like under a Santorum presidency, any organization that aims to provide affordable and accessible preventive health care to American women (and men) are out of luck.
*Swoon* I don't know about you, but these guys are impressive. Way to woo a girl. I can just see the ladies lining up at the voting booths in South Carolina on Saturday. [Sarcasm included] Can't wait to see what other one-liners they'll have for us at the debate tonight.