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WASHINGTON, March 29, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In an unusually candid video addressed to Planned Parenthood, President Obama assured the billion-dollar abortion organization of his continued support and touted his record blocking efforts to defund the group by pro-life professional politicians.
For you and for most Americans, protecting womens health is a mission that stands above politics, said the president in a video posted to Youtube by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Yet in the past year youve had politicians who want to deny millions of women the care they rely on, and inject themselves into decisions that are best made between a woman and her doctor.
The affirmation comes amidst an onslaught of bad publicity for the abortion giant in recent months: The group is now under federal investigation after reports alleged that it has engaged in systematic Medicaid fraud, abused other federal funds, and routinely evaded state abortion laws.
Planned Parenthoods defensive posture became even clearer last December when prominent breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure cut funding to the group because of the investigation, as well as the fact that Planned Parenthood clinics do not provide direct breast cancer services such as mammograms. After Planned Parenthood and its allies excoriated Komen for the decision, the charity was forced to apologize, but left it unclear whether the grants would resume.
Obama extolled Planned Parenthoods fight for women in the video, suggesting that the group helped women receive mammograms, alongside praise for its efforts providing affordable contraception.
So when some professional politicians casually say that theyll get rid of Planned Parenthood, dont forget what theyre really talking about: eliminating the funding for preventive care that millions of women rely on and leaving them to fend for themselves, said Obama.
Kristan Hawkins, head of Students for Life of America, called it outrageous that Obama would repeat the claim that Planned Parenthood performs mammograms, after extensive coverage pointing out that the abortion organization does not provide the service.
Somehow the White House has missed the memo that PLANNED PARENTHOOD DOESNT PROVIDE MAMMOGRAMS. How could they have missed that? wrote Hawkins.
And why is Planned Parenthood posting videos that say as much, when they have already been caught in the lie?
The president also referred to last years budget negotiation stalemate, in which Obama and House GOP leader John Boehner came to personal loggerheads over the bills Planned Parenthood defunding - the final issue Obama cited in his refusal to sign the bill hours before government shutdown.
When Republicans in Congress threatened to shut down the government over the measure, I had a simple answer: no, Obama said in the video.
The president concluded: I know that Planned Parenthood will continue providing care no matter what. I know youll never stop fighting to protect the health care and the choices that Americas women deserve.
And as long as I have the privilege of being your president, neither will I.
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FORT WORTH, Texas - Construction equipment churns away behind a chain link fence, but there's no sign to show what's being built on John Ryan Road in Southwest Fort Worth.
The Gladney Adoption Center right next door, which sold the land to a third party, didn't learn who bought it until Thursday.
One subcontractor didn't find out until just a few hours before he was to pour concrete footings this week.
When he discovered it was a new Planned Parenthood health center where abortions will be performed, he told the general contractor his religious convictions wouldn't allow it.
He walked off the job. He told News 8 other construction workers are also raising religious objections.
The president of Planned Parenthood of North Texas said there's a reason the organization's name is not on the project.
"From the beginning, we intended to be public with this project," Ken Lambrecht said. "We wanted to choose the right time, so that our contractors wouldn't have to endure the harassment and intimidation that Planned Parenthood staffers and patients must endure on a day-to-day basis."
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