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Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Cecile Richards Respond to Mitt Romney’s Pledge to Defund Parenthood


“Mitt Romney is trying to out-right anyone else in the race.” – Rep. Jan Schakowsky

On a conference call earlier today put together by the DNC for the media, Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky called Mitt Romney the “most extreme candidate” on issues directly impacting women.

“Romney showed no leadership whatsoever” on Rush Limbaugh, which is true.

Born and raised in Missouri, I’m not at all surprised that Mitt Romney made his latest extreme statement on women in the Show Me state. Sen. Roy Blunt and Rush Limbaugh prove there is no shortage of war on women crusaders in there.

Rick Santorum swept the south last night, but Democrats have their eye on the math and the probable nomination of Mitt Romney, whatever tortured path it takes to get him there. So, as the GOP primary race turns to Illinois, Democrats are gearing up.

Mitt Romney has clarified his remarks in Missouri from yesterday, as usual, which were added to the discussion in Thursday’s Chicago-Sun Times [update], saying he meant he wanted to get rid of federal funding. Does Romney not know this would impact cancer screenings for women across the country or is it that he really doesn’t care about the less advantage who rely on Planned Parenthood?

“It’s not conservative, it’s extreme,” was Cecile Richards’ response. “It’s further to the right than conservative Republicans,” she continued, adding, “Planned Parenthood saves money.”

It’s not hard for someone like myself, who is adamant about full freedom for women, to be outraged by Mitt Romney and the Republican candidates joining the war on women. If women don’t control our bodies we simply aren’t free.

I’ve got major disagreement with what the Democratic Party has done on many fronts, finding Pres. Obama’s decision on Stupak dangerous and a way to embolden the right, which is exactly what happened. Scuttling Plan B was political and wrong on the science. However, his action on a contraceptive mandate is groundbreaking and one of the most important breakthroughs in women’s freedom and health, which also aids women economically.

I’m not a one-issue voter and neither are women, with economics the top issue for most of us, but Mitt Romney’s asking an awful lot if he expects a pass on these anti-women positions.

Romney supported the Blunt-Rubio amendment as well, calling Roe v. Wade “one of the darkest moments in Supreme Court history.”

“Women don’t come to Planned Parenthood to make a political statement,” Cecile Richards said on the call. I’m no fan of Ms. Richards, as she completely abdicated her responsibility during the Stupak Amendment debate, but she’s correct on this.

Romney also supports the offensive “personhood” amendment, which even Mississippi rejected, as they did Mitt Romney last night.

How can anyone support a political party or presidential candidate who supports what Romney says he does where women are concerned? It leaves many people with no choice at all, which is why it could be a very low turn out election.

I guess you can say he’ll just flip flop and go sane if he wins the presidency, but that’s an awfully big bet for people to make with their daughters and granddaughters futures.

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7 Responses to Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Cecile Richards Respond to Mitt Romney’s Pledge to Defund Parenthood

  1. Art Pronin March 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Yep. Mitt in 94 funraised for PP and donated bucks to it. Said it was essential. Not anymore I suppose.

  2. Uh-oh March 14, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    Like every candidate, Mitt is saying what he needs to say to get the nomination. The REALLY sad and pathetic thing is that it is other American citizens who are pushing politics ever right-ward and it doesn’t really matter whether it is the rich spending their money or the poor casting their votes. The ugly American is alive and well and making it harder and harder to care about what happens to him/her. This primary is proving that there is no sense of community in this country at all.

  3. Taylor Marsh March 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    November would look very differently for Republicans if they would respect women’s fundamental freedoms, as well as, at the very least, not stand in the way to the means by which rural and poor women access health care options, from STD to cancer screening, as well as birth control, all of which are economic issues for women.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter March 15, 2012 at 9:44 am #

      “November would look very differently for Republicans if they would respect women’s fundamental freedoms, ”
      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Yeah, and things would look very different if I was the King of Siam too…but I’m not…and they DON’T!

  4. fairmindedindependent March 14, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    Mitt Romney is trying to out conservative Rick Santorum and thats just not going to happen. Romney is playing on Rick Santorums turf when he trys that.

  5. RAJensen March 14, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    If Romney is elected he will appoint more conservative Supreme Court judges who will overturn Roe v Wade,repeal equal rights for gays in the military, repeal the legislation passed by the 10th democratic Congress including equal pay for woman and the right to sue employers for sex discrimination, will sign the Paul Ryan Bill to turn Medicare and Social Security over to insurance companies, defund Planned Parenthood, He’s promised to deliver on this entire agenda and the professional left chattering class will in a childish pique sit out the election or vote for some third party candidate.

    Don’t complain if you get your wish.

  6. secularhumanizinevoluter March 15, 2012 at 5:44 am #

    Jeebus Crispies onna popcicle stick with stick pins through hands and FEET I agree with RA!!!!!!!!!!!

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