Planned Parenthood Goes After Romney In Big Ad Buy

In case there was any doubt just how seriously women’s rights advocates are taking the November election, Planned Parenthood Votes, an advocacy arm of the family planning provider, launched an enormous new campaign effort with its single largest ad buy, a $3.2 million television ad buy in Ohio and Virginia.

The group has already invested $1.4 million on ads in Iowa, Florida and Virginia.

The newest ad, called “Turn Back the Clock” is scheduled to run for the next five weeks on cable television in Northern Virginia. The ad highlights Mitt Romney’s opposition to Roe v. Wade and his plan to defund Planned Parenthood.

The ad hits Romney directly on the issue. “Today, millions of women rely on Planned Parenthood health centers for basic healthcare, including lifesaving cancer screenings,” the ad’s narrator says. “And millions more know we should be making our personal medical decisions, not Mitt Romney.”

It’s a smart buy, too. In 2011, Planned Parenthood clinics in Virginia provided 4,117 Pap smears, 635 of which were potentially dangerous and required further diagnosis or treatment, the group said. “It is these preventive services that would be cut under the Romney-Ryan administration?” Planned Parenthood Votes said in a statement.

Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg responded to Planned Parenthood’s ad buy in a statement to The Hill.

This is another misleading ad by the President’s allies in an attempt to cover up for four years of failure,” she said. “Dishonest political attacks will not change the fact that President Obama’s policies have not helped women start businesses, increase take-home pay or ensure that their children can afford to go to college and get a job. Mitt Romney has a plan to grow the economy and provide more opportunities for women across the country.

Put aside the obvious fact that the first piece of legislation the president signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Act which restored women’s rights to challenge discriminatory pay practices, the Romney response was about as lame as could be expected. It dodged the fundamental issues of the ads- Romney’s attacks on affordable family planning services and women’s bodily autonomy.
Perhaps more importantly, though, it shows what a high stakes game we’re playing here. Groups like Planned Parenthood Votes have no choice but to spend a ridiculous amount of money in political advertising. Republicans have made it clear that they do not intend on backing off these attacks until women are stripped of all the advances in the last 40 years. And, frankly, those opposing women’s rights appear to have a lot more money at their disposal to spend advancing their agenda. It’s this combination–pathological zeal against reproductive rights from the right combined with a seemingly limitless supply of money to finance that cause that is deadly to women and their families. Unfortunately, there’s no reason to think this will end anytime soon.

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Michael G.
Michael T6 years ago

Thanks Dorothy signed and submitted.

Dorothy N.
Dorothy N6 years ago

Please sign this petition?

James Crowley
James Crowley6 years ago

Obama is simply out to distract us from the real issues and his own record
as President. The real issues we face - a faltering poor economy, very few
jobs, housing prices down 35%, heavy handed regs that keep piling on the
cost of business simply staying in business, the highest corporate taxes in
the world, the growing cost of entitlements and the unwillingness to rein in
record spending - are not being addressed. And when one takes a quick
look at the man's record, it helps to explain why he tries to distract us from
his 3 1/2 yrs in office - the record spending, record debt, record food stamp
outlays, record foreclosures, record bankruptcies, a new record of 40
consecutive months of unemployment above 8%, the nation's first ever
credit rating downgrade, his personal record of 100 plus rounds of golf
and more campaign stops than the last 5 Presidents combined, This is
Obama's record. It doesn't belong to Bush and it certainly isn't Romney's.

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g d c6 years ago


Anna Undebeck
Anna Undebeck6 years ago

Very stupid....

Nils Lunde
PlsNoMessage se6 years ago

I would say Mitt is not only wrong for woman but for everybody and everything......

Dorothy N.
Dorothy N6 years ago

If we want to get technical, for the first few months of pregnancy, the woman carries an embryo - it's not even a fetus until later.

Can I sell anyone an egg for the price of a chicken?

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush6 years ago

To Elizabeth M C.: It's time for you to get a life of your own, and stop trying to CONTROL the lives of others. If you require further education on the subject of pregnancy, may I inform you that a life in the body of a female is called a fetus, not a baby. It is not a baby until it is born.

Tell me, how many babies have you saved through adoption, from horrible lives, by women who didn't want them, but felt pressured to continue the pregnancy by people like you?
In the event you are unaware, an adult person's life is MORE important that a fetus, and EQUALLY as important as a baby.
Since, you cherish life with such determination, surely, you are against the death penalty.

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush6 years ago

Let us not confuse PRO-LIFE, with caring about children. The majority of ANTI-ABORTION people I know, don't give a darn about the unwanted children, after they are born. These are the lives that need loved, fed and cared for. People make babies for all kinds of foolish reasons, and often regret their decisions.

Anti-abortion is all about 'CONTROL', and it always has been.
I agree with JT S., in that, if you don't want one, don't have one.
On the other hand, don't permit another person, to tell you to continue a pregnancy that you don't want. Not only will you suffer, but so will the _unwanted child_. We know the statistics on these unfortunate kids.

Frances C.
Frances C6 years ago

I agree with you Winn. We must vote the tea party out, they have no intention of compromising on anything. It's their way or the highway. They would let the Country trash and burn rather than work together. They are so ignorant to think that they know everything when they no nothing. This Congress is the worst I have ever seen. I hope people wake up and see that they are the problem.