Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards has announced that she is taking a break from her job with the nation's leading abortion provider so she can volunteer full time to help in President Obama's re-election effort. In an Obama campaign ad announcing the move, Richards declared Obama's supposed commitment to women, claiming that the "very first bill he signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, allowing us to make sure that women get equal pay to men." She also touted the President's "Affordable Care Act" — a.k.a. ObamaCare — insisting that it ensures "healthcare coverage to millions of American women."
By contrast, she said that if elected, GOP opponent Mitt Romney — who up until around 2008 said that he believed it was a woman's right to choose abortion — would take women back 40 years to pre-Roe v. Wade, and would work to destroy Planned Parenthood, which Richards boasted serves three million "patients" per year with "affordable healthcare." That "healthcare" has included the killings of over six million pre-born babies since 1970, all while the abortion giant has raked in more than $6 billion in taxpayer funding.
While pro-life leaders have been trying to put a happy face on their support for Romney, they do so with the realization that he has said he believes abortion is okay in "cases of rape, incest, or to save a mother's life" — a stand that places him at odds with almost all pro-life groups. Recently the Romney campaign has run a TV ad discounting the idea that he is pro-life, with a former Obama supporter, Sarah Minto, telling viewers that not only does Romney "not oppose contraception at all," but his modified pro-choice stance ought to make him palatable to women who voted for Obama in 2008.
In an op-ed published by National Review in June 2011, Romney offered a "pro-life pledge" that read, in part: "I am pro-life and believe that abortion should be limited to only instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother." He added that he wanted to see Roe v. Wade overturned "because it is bad law and bad medicine. Roe was a misguided ruling that was a result of a small group of activist federal judges legislating from the bench."
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Photo: President Barack Obama hugs Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, after she introduced the president at a campaign event where he spoke about choice facing women in the election rally, Oct. 19, 2012, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.: AP Images