Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina stated it’s “pretty rich” to hear Planned Parenthood officials claim they are the victims of sexism, adding “it is Democrats, and liberals, and Planned Parenthood executives that don’t want any distance between their orthodoxy and any other woman” on Wednesday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.
Fiorina stated [relevant remarks being around 4:30] “Yes, condoms were thrown at me, and several of the activists were dressed up like birth control dispensers. You see, it’s all part of their act to try and convince people that this debate we’re having about butchering babies is actually about birth control or women’s health. It’s, of course, no such thing. It’s about butchering babies for body parts. But nevertheless, they’re throwing condoms hoping it will make a difference. I think the American people are smarter than that, and I will not be silent on this issue.”
After hearing some of the criticisms leveled at her and Planned Parenthood’s opponents by Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens, Fiorina said, “First of all, to say it’s sexist to go after Planned Parenthood’s lies is pretty rich. And in fact, when you mentioned those protesters who were throwing condoms at me, this woman said to me, from among the protesters… ‘Why do you hate women?’ And at the time I was surrounded by women, of all ages. It is part of the game they play. When Barbara Boxer says, well, you know, she doesn’t support women, this is part and parcel of Hillary Clinton’s rhetoric. You know, Hillary Clinton once said, when she was campaigning against [Sen.] Joni Ernst, last year in Iowa, she said, well, ‘it’s not enough to be a woman.’ You have to be a woman who believes, and then she went through her litany of liberal talking points. In other words, it is Democrats, and liberals, and Planned Parenthood executives that don’t want any distance between their orthodoxy and any other woman.”
She added, “not only am I not lying, but Planned Parenthood has not, will not, cannot deny that this is happening, because it is, and if they care so much about women’s health, why is it that Democrats will not agree to use taxpayer funding to support pregnancy centers all around this country? Why do they always oppose that?”
After being asked, “Would you like to see Republicans take such a strong stand, that under no circumstances will they fund it?” Fiorina answered, “I that we must take a strong stand for a whole set of reasons. One, we have to demonstrate what we’re about, what we believe in, what our values are. But secondly, we have to educate the American people about what this really is. President Obama, Barbara Boxer, all of these Democrats, are they really prepared to shut the government down over what is about $500 million, that has nothing to do with women’s health? This is an organization that funnels millions of dollars, in political contributions, to pro-abortion candidates. The question that I would ask over and over and over again is, number one, why have they not denied that this isn’t happening? They cannot. But number two, if you are so concerned about women’s health, then why are you blocking taxpayer funding for pregnancy centers all over this country? Pregnancy centers that do huge amounts of good work that must be privately funded.”
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