Romney Says Komen Foundation Was Right To Cut Planned Parenthood Funding For Cancer Screenings (AUDIO)
During a Monday interview with conservative radio host Scott Hennen in Minnesota, Mitt Romney stuck his foot in his mouth again by defending the Komen Foundation’s decision to cut funding from Planned Parenthood. After Hennen asked Romney if Planned Parenthood should still be funded, Romney responded:
“I don’t think so. I also feel that the government should cut off funding to Planned Parenthood. Look, the idea that we’re subsidizing an institution which is providing abortion, in my view, is wrong. Planned Parenthood ought to stand on their own feet, and should not get government subsidy. I was a pro-life governor, served as a pro-life governor. I’m a pro-life candidate. I simply do not want to participate in anything that takes away the life of an unborn child.”
Here’s the audio:
This is a rather significant statement from Mitt Romney. Just a week ago, Romney said that he wasn’t concerned about very poor people. Well, Planned Parenthood uses the funding provided by Susan G. Komen to provide cancer screening to low income women who whose lives depend on early detection of breast cancer. Without such funding, the live of millions of women would be in danger. Romney might as well have repeated his “not concerned about the very poor” statement because that is exactly what he is saying here. You cannot be concerned with the poor, and then support cutting funding that saves the lives of poor women. It’s akin to saying you support the troops, and then saying you support cuts to funding that provides body armor to them.
This is also yet another Romney flip flop. It turns out Mitt Romney and his wife once attended a Planned Parenthood fundraiser and even donated some money to the organization. According to ThinkProgress,￼￼￼
“Mitt and Ann Romney attended a Planned Parenthood fundraiser in Cohasset, Massachusetts in 1994, and Ann wrote a $150 check to the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, various news outlets reported. “They were both there, and I remember very well chatting with both of them, and talking about his support for the pro-choice agenda,” Nicki Nichols Gamble, the president of the League told ABC News in 2007.”
Mitt Romney went on to sign a pro-choice pledge to Planned Parenthood during his run for Governor of Massachusetts in 2002. Since he began running for President, Romney has tried to deny his pro-choice past by claiming he just magically changed his mind about abortion. But he can’t hide from the fact that he supported a woman’s right to choose for well over a decade.
Romney is also clearly ignorant about government funding of Planned Parenthood. Not one dollar of taxpayer money is used to fund abortion. That’s because it is against the law. And the fact is, only 3% of procedures performed by Planned Parenthood are abortions. That’s a really insignificant number. And besides, abortion is LEGAL because a conservative leaning Supreme Court interpreted the Constitution and ruled it as such. Romney and the rest of the pro-life fanatics need to get over it.
Romney is taking a double hit by supporting the Komen decision. It clearly shows that he isn’t concerned with the plight of the poor, specifically their health. And it reveals his incredible hypocrisy at the same time. Once again, Romney opens his mouth and reveals his heartlessness and lack of concern for the poor and his hypocrisy. The sad part is that these two things are what the Republican Party is looking for in a presidential nominee.