Obama: Planned Parenthood Opponents Turn Women 'Into Punching Bags'
The unholy alliance between Barack Obama and the giant abortion provider Planned Parenthood was strengthened on Friday when Obama, the first sitting president to address the organization, belligerently defended the abortion provider. There were dual purposes in Obama’s address; he wanted to reassure those in the Democratic Party that he championed abortion, which is the party’s litmus test, but he also wanted to catalyze Planned Parenthood and its supporters to sign up more women for benefits under Obamacare, which is having a difficult time getting people to buy into it.
Obama used all the time-worm clichés to vilify pro-life supporters:
They’ve been involved in an orchestrated and historic effort to roll back basic rights when it comes to women’s health. When politicians try to turn Planned Parenthood into a punching bag, they’re not just talking about you, they’re talking about the millions of women who you serve. And when they talk about cutting off your funding, let’s be clear, they’re talking about telling many of those women, ‘You’re on your own.’ …
No mention of the millions of unborn children killed by their mothers, who are certainly on their own.
Obama also said:
After decades of progress, there are still those who want to turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than to the 21st century. Forty-two states have introduced laws that would ban or severely limit access to a woman’s right to choose — laws that would make it harder for women to get the contraceptive care they need. Laws that would cut off access to cancer screenings and end educational programs that help prevent teen pregnancy … You want to check the calendar, you want to make sure it’s still 2013.
And he took aim at North Dakota’s new law, which bans most abortions after six weeks, saying, “A woman may not even know that she’s pregnant at six weeks.” He added, "There's nothing conservative about the government injecting itself into decisions best made between a woman and her doctors.” As for Obamacare intervening between patients and doctors, Obama was conspicuously silent.
Then Obama asked for Planned Parenthood's help in protecting his baby, Obamacare:
I’m here to also ask for your help, because we need to get the word out. We need you to tell your patients, your friends, your neighbors, your family members what the health-care law means for them. Make sure that they know that there are plans out there right now that cover the costs of contraception and preventive care free-of-charge … We need all the women who come through your doors telling their children, their husbands and their folks in their neighborhoods about their health-care options. We need all college students who come through your doors to call up their friends and post on Facebook talking about the protections and benefits that are kicking in.
Obama had been scheduled to give the keynote address to Planned Parenthood Thursday, but ostensibly had to postpone his speech because he was in West, Texas for a memorial service for the victims of the fertilizer explosion. But there was scuttlebutt that Obama had wanted to downplay his appearance at Planned Parenthood because of the furor that erupted after the revelations regarding the Gosnell abortion clinic in Philadelphia -- which, of course, he did not mention at Planned Parenthood. Philadelphia’s Planned Parenthood outlet has admitted they knew about Gosnell’s atrocities but refused to notify authorities.
As per usual, Obama took the opportunity to laud himself:
If there’s one thing the past few years have shown it’s that Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere. It’s not going anywhere today, it’s not going anywhere tomorrow. As long as we’ve got a fight to make sure women have access to quality, affordable health care and as long as we’ve got to fight to protect a women’s right to make her own choices about her own health, I want you to know that you’ve also got a president who’s going to be right there with you fighting every step of the way.