Open mouth, insert foot. Mitt Romney told KSDK.com reporter Ann Rubin that, once elected, he plans to "get rid" of Obama Care and Planned Parenthood as a way to cut the federal deficit. He's running for president, right?
Dawn Laguens, VP for Planned Parenthood Action Fund, wrote a statement, essentially saying that getting rid of Planned Parenthood would end much of the country's preventative care, including cancer screenings and birth control, and that Romney couldn't be trusted when it came to issues of women's health.
Campaign strategist for Camp Romney, Eric Fehrnstrom, attempted to lessen the significance of Romney's comments, saying he was only referring to cutting federal aid. Thanks for clearing that up. Fehrnstrom said, "We're going to have to make some tough decisions about spending. The test that Mitt Romney will apply is, is this program so worthwhile and valuable that we'll borrow money from China to [fund] it?" Don't Americans, who pay the taxes that will repay these Chinese loans, have a right to an opinion on this?
In 2002, Romney pursued endorsements from Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts while campaigning for governor. However, in 2005, he announced he was pro-life, which is still being brought up by his GOP competitors and the media on a regular basis. Now, he wants to cut the funding to the country's best-known reproductive health care provider because they provide abortions. Hasn't abortion been legal since 1973?
Why does Mr. Romney think it's appropriate to make these decisions? At present day, he is not the president of this country, and while it's great to have a plan, who else gave input that getting rid of Planned Parenthood was what the American people wanted? The whole problem with the United States government is that, while elected by the American people to be the voice of the masses, these politicians started going outside the huddle and doing their own thing. This is not the reason they are placed in office and something should change.