Sundays with Sherrod: Planned Parenthood Pep Talk

Last April, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) took a few minutes from his schedule to talk to a Planned Parenthood group from Cleveland about Ohio Republicans "going after women, and reproductive rights." Sherrod went to great lengths to make abortion sound like a reason America needs bigger government.

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For pro-life Ohioans like myself, the "Heartbeat Bill" to ban abortions after a baby's heartbeat can be heard sounds like a great idea. According to pro-choice Ohioans, it's terrible. Surely a U.S. senator with a diploma from Yale and two master's degrees can dissect the legislation on its merits and explain why abortion on demand is a vital "reproductive right" ...right?

Sherrod Brown being Sherrod Brown, what we get instead is a jumbled diatribe making frequent nods to Big Labor. He treats any conflict with his cartoonish Progressive mindset as an example of conservatives "going after" the rights of men, women, and children (wait, scratch that last one) everywhere.



Small wonder Sherrod considers abortion limits, voter ID, union reform, and civil rights "all the same." Sherrod is a radical without a cause, so whatever he opposes is twisted to fit a tired class warfare narrative. Sherrod Brown should instead be hunting down whoever stole his sense of irony: cheering government-improved life expectancy in a pep talk to Planned Parenthood?

To the abortion lobby, Sherrod Brown is more than talk. A few things Sherrod has consistently voted against:

  • Banning partial-birth abortion

  • Making it a crime to harm an unborn child while committing another crime

  • Requiring parental notification to transport a minor across state lines for an abortion

  • The Mexico City policy, which stopped tax dollars from funding foreign abortion providers


Things Sherrod has consistently voted for:

  • Taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood

  • Taxpayer funding of abortions in military hospitals

  • Taxpayer funding of abortions in federal prisons

  • Taxpayer funding of international "family planning" services


Name one of Planned Parenthood's fringe positions, and chances are Sherrod Brown has voted to make you pay for it!

Full source video is available from YouTube user choweysstillme. Transcript follows of the two clips featured above.
Cut 1 - Sherrod Brown: You know, you see what's happening in Columbus, they're trying to take away bargaining rights. [Audience members: Yes. BOOO!] And they're going after women, and reproductive rights. They're going after voting rights now, they're trying, Ohio, if the Senate passes what the House passed, it'll be the most restrictive voter laws in the country. [Audience: BOOO!] That's going backwards, not going forward, so your, your voices really matter on choice, on women's rights, on worker rights, on, on voting rights, on human rights, on civil rights, it's all the same.

Cut 2 - Sherrod Brown: And, over the last 100 years, look what we've done in this country, um, in terms of, of, of civil rights and women's rights and Social Security and Medicare, and, and minimum wage, and workers' compensation, and prohibition of child labor, and clean air, and safe drinking water, and auto safety - seat belts, air bags. All these things have made, they've made, they've given people the ability to live 30 years longer. Back 100 years ago the average American, when you were born in this country you lived to be about 45 on the average. Today people live 30 years longer than that, and it's because of government doing the right thing when you push government to do the right thing.

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