Skip to comments.Ex-CNN Anchor Exposes Planned Parenthood as Democratic Shill
Posted on 06/25/2012 6:52:26 AM PDT by rhema
In a new column at the New York Times, former CNN and NBC anchor Campbell Brown exposes the political arm of the Planned Parenthood abortion business as essentially a subsidiary of the Democratic Party.
Brown, who makes her own pro-abortion views clear, points out how Planned Parenthood has abandoned any pretense of bipartisanship and essentially become little more than a shill for Democrats by abandoning even the few Republicans who support legalized abortion. The article, Planned Parenthoods Self-Destructive Behavior, says Planned Parenthood has only itself to blame for winnowing the number of people willing to defend the nations biggest abortion business.
Take Senator Susan Collins of Maine as an example. She was one of five Republicans who fought off attempts last year to eliminate federal financing for the group. She is also one of the few Republicans who consistently break with the party and side with Planned Parenthood on abortion rights legislation. But it would be a mistake to believe her actions suggest a warm working relationship with the organization. She calls the group infuriating and now nothing more than an arm of the Democratic National Committee.
Senator Collins once had close ties to the group. Planned Parenthood endorsed her in 2002 because of her strong record of votes supporting abortion rights. Yet in her 2008 campaign, Planned Parenthood turned on her. The issue was her vote to confirm Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court.
Yet because of her Alito vote, Planned Parenthood tried to defeat her. In 2008 it withdrew its support and endorsed and provided money for her opponent. This was shortsighted from a policy standpoint, since Ms. Collins agreed with the organization on almost all legislation. But it was also unwise from a political standpoint, since she was favored to win re-election, and did.
Today Ms. Collins says she is still disappointed in the organization and how it cut ties to her. Why should I try to make their case in the Republican caucus? I cant answer my colleagues when they say to me that Planned Parenthood is just a political party, because it is true, she told me.
Planned Parenthood wouldnt comment on the dustup between Collins and its political arm. Instead of learning any lessons from upsetting its very few supporters in the GOP, Planned Parenthood, says Brown, is angering more.
Representative Robert Dold of Illinois is a Republican abortion-rights advocate who is in a tough fight against a Democratic challenger. When funding for Planned Parenthood was under attack, Mr. Dold spoke out on the House floor, urging his colleagues to support the organization. He has even introduced legislation to try to stop the federal government from discriminating against groups like Planned Parenthood by ensuring their continuing access to Title X funds. He would love to have Planned Parenthoods help with his re-election campaign, but so far the organization has opted to stayed out of the race. When I asked why, given his outspoken leadership on its behalf, a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman told me that Mr. Dold does not have a 100 percent voting record on all legislation that Planned Parenthood deems important to women.
Whats the prognosis for the abortion business, in Browns estimation?
Planned Parenthood sees ideological purity as so paramount that it permeates every aspect of its strategic planning. There is almost no room for even slight deviations. Those who are not in lock step with the organization are viewed as enemies to the cause.
This mind-set will doom Planned Parenthood to failure.
Sounds good to us!
It is good to hear someone speak out. It is no real surprise.
Better late, than never, but why did she wait until now to say something when she had the pulpit and could've educated the masses?
Probably the only time I've ever agreed with Planned Parenthood was when they said Susan Collins should be defeated.
“but why did she wait until now to say something”
...she would have been fired.
Stating the obvious is necessary for the proglodytes; aka libs, parasites, and jackasses.
Who else does this ideological purity strategy remind you of?
Sleep with dogs and wake up with fleas.
It’s a shame the NRA got so much flack in the last election here on FR for acting in a way opposite of Planned Parenthood - as a bipartisan single-issue advocacy organization. Because of this, they are the most powerful single-issue organization in America.
Well, not Ronald Reagan: The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally not a 20 percent traitor.
I don't know, but if my candidate doesn't win the nomination, I'm not going to vote and let Obama win. That will punish those who don't believe 100% as I do/ sarc off
Is it just me but how can a group that receives taxpayer funding, support any candidate? How can they send even one tax dime to any candidate? I guess they say it is their political wing and not their abortion wing that sends dollars but shouldnt they in theory be non-political? If their work is so darn important and noble why do they even need a political wing?
Whatever their beliefs about abortion - these GOP idiots should have balked at the government giving funds to an organization that finances campaigns for government office - almost exclusively to Democrats.
.... not that if they were doing it for Republicans it would be any better.
It is like the public employee unions - paid by government to lobby government and fill campaign coffers of Democrats.
Nice work if you can get it.
Crony capitalism 101.
>>Its a shame the NRA got so much flack in the last election here on FR for acting in a way opposite of Planned Parenthood - as a bipartisan single-issue advocacy organization. Because of this, they are the most powerful single-issue organization in America.<<
Exactly! Democrat-aligned organizations like the teachers’ unions, Planned Parenthood, and most green organizations expect the legislators whom they support to toe the line 100%, and pull their support at the least affront.
When it comes to voucher support in black communities, local black leaders need to learn from Planned Parenthood and the unions’ experience and start supporting the only candidates who are willing to sign on to vouchers for black parents, i.e., Republican legislators. Until they do that, they shouldn’t be surprised at the difficulty vouchers are having in gaining traction. They need to adopt the NRA’s model and ignore party when it comes to gaining support for the issue they’re pushing the hardest. Otherwise, like Planned Parenthood, the Republicans will just ignore them at best, or fight them, at worst.
Despite the recent DC voucher decision, Obama clearly is against supporting vouchers, yet blacks are still likely to give more than 90% of their votes to him. You reap what you sow.
Yes, it’s exactly the opposite of the NRA’s strategy.
Boy, there's no fooling Susan! /S