Abortion Opponents Take Fight With Planned Parenthood to Ridiculous Extreme in Miss America Battle

Miss New York’s Kira Kazantsev has just been crowned the new Miss America, and that should be a happy occasion. Instead, she’s removing social media profiles and being dubbed a baby killer. Her crime? The right wing discovered that she spent three months interning for a Planned Parenthood affiliate in Hempstead, N.Y.

“According to her Linked-In profile, Kazantsev interned at Planned Parenthood in Hempstead, New York,” reports LifeNews. “Her job duties at the company that snuffs out of the lives of young baby girls? ‘Assisted delivery of programs in local public schools, teaching children about mutual respect & self-esteem’ and ‘Conducted research on Planned Parenthood Education.’ So the woman representing the nation as the new Miss America interned for the very organization that has killed millions of Americans in abortions.”

Of course, Kazantsev wasn’t actually “snuffing out the lives of young baby girls” as part of her internship. That hasn’t stopped anti-abortion activists from bemoaning Kazantsev’s past and declaring it will besmirch the name of the Miss America pageant forever. “It would be a tragedy if someone who is looked up to by many young women actually buys into the Planned Parenthood abortion agenda,” National Right to Life President Carol Tobias said to Fox News. ”Unfortunately, most people in the country don’t know that Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider. This will cast a shadow on her entire reign.”

Since the pageant win, Kazantsev has stated that she will be making domestic violence awareness part of her platform in her year as Miss America, using her own personal story of intimate partner violence as a resource and example. That the far right would rather talk about her 90 days helping out with sex education classes and teaching “mutual respect and self-esteem” topics, and frame them as “baby murder” shows exactly how irrational they have become about Planned Parenthood as an entity and anything that touches it as somehow tainted and evil.

Anti-abortion activists have long decried any bit of funding that goes to a Planned Parenthood affiliate as taxpayer subsidizing of abortion, even to affiliates that do not provide abortion services. In Okalahoma that was taken to the extreme when the state decided to defund the WIC programs in the Tulsa Planned Parenthood affiliates, even though no Tulsa affiliates provided abortion. Texas defunding of reproductive health services and contraception subsidies was so extreme that some clinics have deaffiliated from Planned Parenthood and resurrected in order to be once more eligible for funds. The clinics argue that jumping through the additional hoop is necessary to ensure that resources continue to make it to low income and rural underserved populations.

Still, nothing is enough to lessen the anti-abortion activists’ ire. They have sent “patients” into Planned Parenthood facilities to ask leading questions about bondage, then claimed the organization is pushing S&M on children. They demanded parents pull girls out of Girls Scouts and that everyone boycott the cookies because of alleged ties to the organization. A coach at a Catholic school even lost her job over volunteering with a Planned Parenthood affiliate over the summer.

The right wing frenzy over Planned Parenthood has gone beyond vendetta and has now reached the level of being absolutely unhinged. To them, any interaction with the provider at any time, for any reason, no matter how short, long, current or past, has left you a tainted “baby murderer.” Their irrational ability to cope with any public perception of Planned Parenthood as anything other than their evil arch-nemesis has reached truly ridiculous proportions, and that reaction is now on full public display.

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood is taking the latest controversy in stride, just as they have with many of the past conservative outrages of the day. “Several past Miss Americas have supported Planned Parenthood’s mission,” they told Huffington Post, “and we’re thrilled and proud that one of our former interns is the new Miss America.”

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185 comments

Jim Ven
Jim V1 years ago

thanks

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Jerome S
Jerome S1 years ago

thanks for sharing.

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Jim Ven
Jim V2 years ago

thanks for the article.

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Jennifer H.
Jennifer H4 years ago

The real issue here is the right will use any type of harrassment and accusations to try to prove their point and will ruin anyone's reputation to acheive their goal - whether they are correct or not. The only way to try to defeat the right and their backwards agenda is to keep talking and educating; especially now. There are only a few days before elections and it is more important now than ever to stand up for women's rights.

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janet t.
janet t4 years ago

I keep wondering what people who are aggressively 'pro-life' will think when they get to heaven and Jesus and God look at them and say "tsk tsk tsk, you got it all wrong. We are not judgmental like you think we are." Sometimes I think that heaven is where some people go to get chewed out by God, and told how awful they were in interpreting the Bible.

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Carole L.
Carole L4 years ago

Maria L
“Someone who chooses life & doesn't want their money funding the choice to kill (not that abortions don't get funded at all, but would rather only those who see nothing wrong with choosing death be responsible for funding it), is what exactly?”

how do you feel about funding war that kills actual people. The so-called “pro-life” are not in the least bit pro-life, they are simply anti-abortion. Period.

“The money of those whose consciences allow them to accept abortion, should fund abortions, and not be funded by those who think it's wrong.”

they don't fund abortions, ever heard of Hyde Amendment? Look it up. You're just being lied to by the extreme right. Btw, I don't believe in war, why should I be forced to fund wars for oil.

“People can "try" to use the bible to support racism, but it's dishonest twisting to anyone with an intimate knowledge of YHWH's law & who hold's a literal interpretation of Genesis.”

which chapter of Genesis do you believe? Chapter one verse 27 where it says:
“so god created man in his own image, in the image of god created he him; male and female created he them.
or do you believe the second chapter where is says woman was created from “man's rib”

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Marianne C.
Marianne C4 years ago

@ Holly M:

"when you are fghting to save innocent lives,nothing is ridiculous."

Except, of course, the assumption that your emotionally charged beliefs have the same validity as my well-researched facts.

If you had anything but histrionics to offer, you'd know that the "innocent life" in the abortion equation is the woman's, not the zygote/embryo/fetus. Not wanting to be pregnant is no crime; it's the normal reaction to an unwanted pregnancy.

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Dale O.

Planned Parenthood has always been the target of the right wing and they continue waging their fundamentalist war on women unabated, which includes stepping up their endless campaigns against Planned Parenthood. Kira Kazantsev spent three months interning at an organization that provides many useful services.

Freddy R, I am grateful that I happen to live in a country where the issue of abortion is a matter solely between a woman and her doctor, where no right wing controlling politicians need apply in what is a medical decision. At least here, for the most part, politicians and fundamentalists have nothing to do with interfering in the decision of a woman and her doctor, which is not their decision in the first place and none of their business.

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Dale O.

Danielle E said: "I wish we could stop giving them platforms. The more people talk about them the longer it's going to take to get them to go away."

You also mentioned: ..."all they care about is having control over a group, women, that is already oppressed."

The reason that people do discuss them, is because this is a major problem as they wish to impose their right wing fundamentalist vision on all women, dictating to women exactly what to do and how to live out their lives. 'Ignoring them' and not being aware of their endless tactics is not going to make them go away, instead, they will be encouraged by silence and will become even more determined to continue their attempts to destroy Planned Parenthood, along with the freedom of choice for women to choose whatever path happens to suit them.

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Dale O.

Danielle E stated: "I bet those 'pro-life' winners kill and eat animals too, don't give them any say in whether they have lives or not."

What in the world has the diet of 'pro-lifers' have to do with this issue? I realize that you are vegan and wish to supposedly 'educate the masses,' about veganism, but what people happen to eat is entirely off topic. I will state that many of the people fighting for the rights of women to choose also happen to also eat meat, even non-factory farmed meat, so your point is rather illogical to begin with. It seems that you are on some campaign to stigmatize those who happen to eat meat, as if it is somehow illegal and you wish to impose social stigma. You also appear advocate the same control over what people happen to eat as the right wing is trying to impose on women and their right to appropriate health care/services from Planned Parenthood, since the right wing goes on about giving fetuses a say. There are many threads to go to for launching a soapbox concerning the issue of what people eat, this thread is about Planned Parenthood and the extremism of those who are trying to shut them down.

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